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CharFac Demo Program

CharFac is inviting proposals for a program to allow scientists from industrial companies to join a CharFac expert for a free 3-4 hour analysis session with 1-2 samples and an instrument of your choice. Participants must be new to CharFac, or not have been a CharFac user/client in at least two years. This program promotes interaction between industrial scientists facing specific challenges, and CharFac scientists who have a broad perspective in analytical methods to help address them. At the end of the session the preliminary results will be discussed with you.

Please fill the following inquiry form to participate: Link here

Please contact for questions/clarifications. 

New Equipment - Autosorb iQ

The Nano Center has acquired a new instrument for analyzing powder materials. The Autosorb iQ is a state-of-the-art gas sorption system designed to analyze key properties of powder samples. These properties include the powders’ chemical reactivity, particle porosity, and the total surface area of the particles that make up the powder (the BET surface area). Such measurements are important to many technology areas, such as chemical catalysts and gas storage. The Autosorb system is being installed now and will be available or user training late this summer.


The Quantum+Chips program was a 10 day program designed for undergraduate students to introduce them to key topics in quantum phenomena and their computing devices. The program ran from 7/31/23 to 8/11/23 and involved tutorials on quantum devices and concepts, a computer lab to learn how to program an actual quantum computer, presentations from industry on recent advances in chip technology, lab tours, and visits to local high-tech companies.

Quantum+Chips at 3M