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Regular funding for the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), which supports a major portion of CNF operations, ceased at the end of February 2014 -- the end of the ten-year funding period. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a new competition for a National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI). CNF will be responding with a proposal to become one of the facility sites in the new network. In the interim, we have received extended funding through August 2015.

We thank those of you from the NNIN user community who have provided input to NSF during the past few months. Your input has helped this decision to be reached!

Updated November 20, 2014

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 Infrastructure Network.

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