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   Thursday, September 16, 2015 The Cornell NanoScale Facility is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the National Science Foundation for participation in the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure, NNCI, the successor to the highly successful NNIN program.

Under this award, CNF will be able to continue offering open access to its advanced nanotechnology facilities with the high level of staff support to which users have become accustomed. This award provides $1.6 M/yr for five years, and we expect it to be supplemented by funds from New York State.  Cornell University will continue to provide additional support.

Details on the new network and its programs will become available during the next few months. In the meantime, CNF will continue to provide service to all users on an open basis.

NNCI Links

NSF Press Release
Email Announcement to CNF Community, from Prof. Dan Ralph, Lester B Knight Director of CNF
Cornell Chronicle
NNCI page on NNIN.org (Coming soon...)



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The Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF) is a national user facility that supports a broad range of nanoscale science and technology projects by providing state-of-the-art resources coupled with expert staff support. 2015 marks our 38th year in operation. Research at CNF encompasses physical sciences, engineering, and life sciences, and has a strong inter-disciplinary emphasis. Over 800 users per year (50% of whom come from outside Cornell) use the fabrication, synthesis, computation, characterization, and integration resources of CNF to build structures, devices, and systems from atomic to complex length-scales.

The research accomplishments (under "Publications" above) will give you a short introduction to the research, "Lab Equipment" offers more details on our facility capabilities, and our short course (under "Events & Seminars") gives a practical introduction to the technology. Other links and the search engine will lead you to a variety of information related to nanoscale science and technology. Click on the "Getting Started" tab above to find out what the CNF can do for you!

Every week, several new users coming from academia, industry, and government laboratories learn to use the tools available in the facility to carry out their research projects. CNF is open 24 hours a day, and provides the interactive and exciting learning and practicing environment critical to successful cutting-edge research. External users typically spend a week to two at CNF to complete their work with strong staff support. Many projects can also be accomplished remotely.

We also now have a remote office at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. The link is on the "CNF at WEILL" photo at left. Please consider exploring the Societal and Ethical Issues of Nanotechnology by clicking on the SEI image below left. A video tour of the facility is available for viewing over the web. This ten-minute video will give you a brief introduction to what types of equipment and processes are available at the facility. And here are a few panoramic views of the CNF Cleanroom.

Gifts to Cornell NanoScale Facility are now accepted via the link at left (GIFTS).

CNF Users: Please acknowledge CNF in your presentations, posters and publications!


We invite you to explore this web site and our facility!


The CNF is supported by the National Science Foundation,
New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research,
Cornell University, Industry, & Our Users.

The CNF is a member of the
National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)



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