News and Events
Explore Nano program at CharFac expanded: Sept 2022
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, FTIR and Raman instruments.
More details about the program are available here.
Apply here: https://forms.gle/6jZtuKxedcTGT2cJA
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.
Monday, June 19, 2023, 8 a.m. through Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 5 p.m.
SPMConnect is launching at TechConnect 2023 as an annual AFM-based conference to foster and support the AFM community in terms of idea exchange, best practices development, mentoring, and career development. In addition to research talks, in line with the industrial/innovation theme of the broader TCW meeting, SPMConnect will feature panel discussions and plenty of opportunities for AFM researchers and scientists to meet, network and exchange ideas.
This conference aims to bring together users from a wide variety of disciplines including polymer science, biology, energy, computing, materials science, and more who share an interest in SPM as an instrument to explore nanoscale phenomena and characterization. SPMConnect aims to include scientists and researchers from a wide variety of backgrounds including industry, instrumentation vendors, academia, and national labs. Further information can be found here.
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, 8:55 a.m. through Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, 4:30 p.m.
Keller Hall, Room 3-180
IPRIME (Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial & Materials Engineering) is pleased to announce a one-day, in-person workshop on the analytical capabilities in the Characterization Facility (CharFac) that are available to industry.
This workshop is intended to broadly communicate, and describe in some selective detail, the analytical capabilities in the Characterization Facility (CharFac) that are available to industry.
The full-day workshop will include four sessions covering two main topics. The first topic, spanning three of the four sessions, will describe the analytical capabilities of the facility by highlighting instrumentation, applications and staff expertise. The second topic will exemplify collaborations with the staff on open research via the IPRIME fellows program and similar routes, plus some new developments. As such this last session will highlight collaborative projects that emphasize analytical methods, including goals of (i) developing analytical expertise, (ii) exploring methodologies (e.g., parameter space, complementary techniques), and (iii) generating new insights on specific materials and device constructs (i.e., technological problems).
Visit the IPRIME website for more information as the time and agenda are finalized.
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, 9 a.m. through Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, 2 p.m.
University of Minnesota East Bank campus
The open house offers visitors the chance to tour several of the University’s best research assets, including the Characterization Facility, the University Imaging Center, the Minnesota Nano Center, and the LeClaire-Dow Instrumentation Facility. Staff from these University core labs will be on hand to discuss ways that we can support your R&D needs.
The open house runs from 9 AM to 2 PM on August 9. Please meet us in the Physics and Nanotechnology (PAN) building (115 Union St SE), where snacks/ refreshments and campus maps will be available. Each participating lab will have a table in the PAN atrium, with literature/information, a sign-up list for prescheduled lab tours, and a staff member present to answer questions. Registration is optional but appreciated. Please use this form to register: Registration Form
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.