News and Events
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.
"There's Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom" contest
The image contest, sponsored by National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), celebrates the beauty of the micro and nanoscale. You are invited to enter one or more of your images collected using optical microscopy, electron microscopy, AFM, STM, false color imaging, or any other technique that allows us to see things at the micro- and nanoscale. To be considered, images must have been produced at an NNCI facility in the past two years—this includes both the Nano Center and the Characterization Facility as well as faculty labs. Please view the the announcement for contest guidelines and prizes and image information form.
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.
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Thursday, July 22, 2021, 10 a.m. through Thursday, July 22, 2021, Noon
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.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 9:30 a.m. through Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 1 p.m.
Visit CharFac exhibit at 20th Annual DMD conference 2021. The exhibit is virtual and visit DMD website dmd.umn.edu for registration details.
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, 9 a.m. through Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, Noon
This is a virtual event
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.
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, 2 p.m.
This meeting was held virtually
CharFac principal investigator Greg Haugstad provided a brief overview of CharFac's industry-collaborative research on analytical methods applied to nanostructured surfaces and interfaces.
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, 12:30 p.m.
This review was held virtually
CharFac researchers Bing Luo and Greg Haugstad presented research performed in collaboration with member companies Donaldson and Ecolab.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 8 a.m.
DSM Virtual Academy, Netherlands
CharFac technical director Greg Haugstad presented its capabilities to a large number of remote attendees within DSM.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 2 p.m. through Friday, May 29, 2020, 3 p.m.
Virtually held webinar 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.
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, 2 p.m.
3M Facilities in Maple Grove, MN
CharFac presents its capabilities and past research to a number of industry professionals at 3M.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, 2 p.m.
This event included an adjacent poster session held by several CharFac scientists.
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, 10 a.m.
CharFac Shepherd Labs Basement Facility
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 (charfac.umn.edu/instruments/instrument_suite_2019.pdf) 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.