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NNCI SEI Winter School

The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) is now accepting applications to the tenth annual Winter School on Emerging Technologies. The Winter School will give junior scholars and scientists practical experience with methods and theory to better understand the social dimensions of emerging technologies. The 2023 Winter School will be held January 3-10, and will focus on the broad notion of impact with an aim to explore ways for participants to increase and diversify the impact of their work. Applicants should be advanced graduate students or recent PhDs (post-doc or untenured faculty within three years of completing a PhD at time of application) with an expressed interest in studying emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, robotics, and/or synthetic biology. Applicants may come from any discipline and must be demonstrably proficient in English.


The Winter School is run by the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State
University. For more information and to apply, please go to https://sfis.asu.edu/events/winter-
school/. Application deadline is October 24, 2022.

MNC at MNCOSE

The 2022 Minnesota Conference on Science Education (MNCOSE 22) was held in Duluth on Friday-Saturday 11/45, and the Minnesota Nano Center was there. MNCOSE is the annual meeting of the Minnesota Science Teachers Association, and brings together K-12 science teachers from around the state. MNC staff scientist Jim Marti was on hand to let teachers know about our education offerings for K-12 students and teachers, and to recruit participants for our teacher enrichment programs aimed at middle school and high school teachers.

MNC at MNCOSE

Polar Semiconductor Visit

Staff from the Nano Center were recently hosted by Polar Semiconductor (www.polarsemi.com), a manufacturer of integrated circuits for the automotive and power electronics markets. Located in Bloomington MN, Polar Semiconductor LLC is the technology development, engineering, and manufacturing center for its parent company Sanken Electric. MNC’s Brian Olmsted and Jim Marti were given a tour of Polar’s impressive operations, manufacturing IC’s on 8” wafers at the 0.18 um technology node at high volumes in Class 1 cleanrooms.

User Highlight - Dr. Ke Wang

Researchers at University of Minnesota and Harvard University carried out a study investigating the properties of twisted trilayer graphene, which consists of three stacked layers of graphene with two consecutive small twist angles. Their paper, published in Physical Review Letters, offers evidence of correlated insulating states and the transport signature of superconductivity in the material. Nano Center user Wang says "Our experimental results also shed important new light on understanding superconductivity in graphene. It was previously believed that electrons need to be energetically isolated before they can give rise to superconductivity in graphene, but our experiment seems to suggest otherwise."

New Equipment

The Nano Center is pleased to announce that we have greatly expanded our process offerings for 2D materials by offering full-wafer growth of transition metal dichalcogenides. In particular, we now have available processes for growth of monolayer, continuous films of tungsten disulphide (WS2) on 2" sapphire wafers. 2D materials have many important applications, including transistors, optoelectronic components and spintronic devices. Interested users should contact mnc@umn.edu

Wafer-Scale Production of Transition Metal Dichalcogenides and Alloy  Monolayers by Nanocrystal Conversion for Large-Scale Ultrathin Flexible  Electronics | Nano Letters

Global Quantum Leap

global quantum leap

Global Quantum Leap is an international consortium dedicated to advancing nanofabrication infrastructure to enable quantum computing technology. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Global Quantum Leap network seeks to accelerate the discovery and development of next-generation computing and communications systems by linking nanofabrication technologies with quantum information sciences.