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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 

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

SPMConnect at TechConnect 2023

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

Past Events

The University of Minnesota Core Facilities Open House

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 

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.

 https://forms.gle/PgfkBWiQ9LscjA8a9

 

CharFac at DMD Conference 2021

Visit CharFac exhibit at 20th Annual DMD conference 2021. The exhibit is virtual and visit DMD website dmd.umn.edu 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.