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Explore Nano program at CharFac expanded: Sept 2021

Your equipment training and initial usage on us

CharFac is inviting proposals for Explore Nano, a one-time program to allow potential users from outside the University of Minnesota to be trained on the specific equipment and make the first few uses of that equipment, free of charge. The amount of funds available are limited, so interested parties should plan to apply early. The program covers select SEM, TEM, AFM, XPS, XRD and Raman instruments.

More details about the program are available here.

Apply here: 

Quarterly Newsletters

Nanotechnology News is a newsletter that covers the Characterization Facility (CharFac) and the Minnesota Nano Center (MNC) at the University of Minnesota. Publication of the newsletter is supported jointly through the Minnesota Nano Center (MNC) and the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) network. The latest issue can be found here.  

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

CharFac Open House (virtual)

Please join us for the Open House (virtual) on July 22, 2021 @ 10 am CT. We will have a general session for introduction to techniques and instruments at CharFac (~1.5 h), followed by breakout rooms with our scientists for demonstrations and discussions (~ 0.5 h). Please make sure to register so you receive the Zoom link with details.


CharFac at DMD Conference 2021

Visit CharFac exhibit at 20th Annual DMD conference 2021. The exhibit is virtual and visit DMD website for registration details.  

IPRIME Workshop

The workshop is free and open to IPRIME member companies, invited guests, and University of Minnesota faculty, students, and staff. Registration is required. Visit IPRIME website for more details.

IPRIME: NMP Technical Advisory Committee Virtual Meeting

CharFac principal investigator Greg Haugstad provided a brief overview of CharFac's industry-collaborative research on analytical methods applied to nanostructured surfaces and interfaces.

IPRIME: NMP Research Program Virtual Review

CharFac researchers Bing Luo and Greg Haugstad presented research performed in collaboration with member companies Donaldson and Ecolab.

CharFac Virtual Introduction/Tour

CharFac technical director Greg Haugstad presented its capabilities to a large number of remote attendees within DSM.

Make the Best of a Bad Situation: A Characterization Seminar Series

In partnership with experts at Penn State, Illinois and Wisconsin, CharFac recently delivered webinars viewed by hundreds of academic and industrial registrants across the US.

Both broad introductions and specialized methods were included, and subject matter ranging from theoretical foundations to practical tips. Techniques included photoelectron, Auger and chemical spectroscopies; nanoindentation and atomic force microscopy; wide- and small-angle X-ray scattering; transmission and scanning electron microscopy; focused ion beam and ion scattering; and more.

CharFac scientists spoke on confocal Raman microscopy, Rutherford backscattering & related methods; multifrequency AFM / AFM-IR; electron backscatter / transmission Kikuchi diffraction; cryo-electron microscopy / 3D reconstruction.

These and other recorded webinars can be viewed on the Penn State Materials Characterization Lab website.

CharFac Road Show

CharFac presents its capabilities and past research to a number of industry professionals at 3M.

IPRIME Midyear Workshop

This event included an adjacent poster session held by several CharFac scientists.

CharFac Open House and ‘Lunch and Learn’

In August 2019, CharFac held an all-day open house in Shepherd including AM/PM poster sessions on common instrumentation and methods plus “lunch & learn” talks on recent or upcoming additions. We intend to repeat such events multiple times per year, including departmental venues.

The poster session is a great opportunity to have casual discussions with staff experts, whether for introduction to capabilities, questions of feasibility, or to engage in brainstorming. Among the lunchtime slides was a comprehensive list ( of data-generating instrumentation. Highlighted therein are systems added since 2017, an unprecedented period for both additions and replacements, in some cases leaping forward several instrument generations.

Staff experts are eager to discuss both new frontiers in analytical methods and improvements to familiar work as provided by modernized systems.