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Christopher Kemper Ober
Christopher Kemper Ober
CNF Lester B. Knight Director
Mail Address: 250 Duffield Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-2700
General Phone: 607-255-2329
Direct Phone: 607-254-6202
Email: director(at)
CNF is pleased to welcome our new Lester B. Knight Director -- Professor Christopher Ober (July 2016). Professor Ober states, "As the new CNF Director, I am excited about the new job and about the new opportunities afforded by the creation of the NNCI, a network focused on nanoscience and nanotechnology. As the users of CNF know, we have first-rate facilities and outstanding staff who are dedicated to helping our users achieve success in all their efforts. As a long time user of CNF myself, I am always very impressed with the enthusiasm of the staff for teaching new users and working with them to solve interesting and often difficult problems. We welcome inquiries from all researchers about CNF’s capabilities and the new network."
Christopher Kemper Ober is the Francis Bard Professor of Materials Engineering at Cornell University. After several years in industry at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Ober arrived to Cornell as an Assistant Professor in 1986. His research is focused on lithography, patterning, the biology materials interface and control of surface structure in thin films. As a reflection of his contributions to lithography, Ober in 2015 was honored with the Photopolymer Science & Technology Outstanding Contribution Award. He is the 2006 winner of the American Chemical Society Award in Applied Polymer Science, and received a Humboldt Research Prize in 2007. In 2009, Ober was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and was awarded the Gutenberg Research Prize by the University of Mainz. Ober served as Interim Dean of Engineering 2009 - 2010. In 2014 he was a JSPS Fellow in Japan. More recently he was elected a fellow of APS (2014) and AAAS (2015).

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Finetech Information Session March 29th
Mar 22, 2018
Finetech Information Session: Advanced Assembly & Packaging of Microelectronic Solutions, Thursday, March 29th, 1:00-2:00 p.m., 340 Duffield Hall. Join the CNF for a discussion and product review with Finetech; Identify what is important to you!, Bonding Technologies & Methods, The Finetech Principle, Configuring the Ideal Solution.
BEAMER Updated to 5.5.2
Mar 19, 2018
BEAMER has been updated to version 5.5.2 . BEAMER 5.5.1 is still available via the "beamer-previous" command.
New CNFUsers WebSite Debuts Wednesday
Mar 16, 2018
On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, CNF will debut its new CNFUsers website replacing the current ten-plus years old site.

The new site is hosted in a modern Drupal environment on Pantheon and uses modern web design paradigms. Mobile devices can use the responsive design elements to render the site on most any screen size including smart phones. New high quality tool pictures, the @CNFUsers twitter feed, the Cornell Events Calendar featuring CNF events, and a standardized maintainable layout are al ...more


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