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Dear CNF Users: In an effort to keep everyone informed of upcoming events and reminded of basic lab use, "Monthly Reminder" messages will be emailed out to our users and posted as a notice on the CNF Lab User website -- http://www.cnfusers.cornell.edu/cnf5_labuserld.taf -- under Quick Links.



Special Announcement, Chemical Hood Usage; May 4, 2017

CNF Users, There has been a recent uptick of chemical beakers/containers being left in the various lab hoods -- both unlabeled and uncovered. With the summer months approaching, the lab and the chemical hoods will be utilized much more frequently as lab usage increases. Please be sure to follow all proper procedures when using the CNF chemical hoods.
- All beakers and containers need to be covered
- All containers need to be legibly labeled with name, date, and chemical name
- Users and Buddies need to sign into General Chemistry hoods each time they use it
- Chemicals can be left up to 24hrs - chemicals must be cleaned up and removed after 24hrs.
Failure to follow the rules may result in lab usage restrictions and staff cleanup charges. If you have any questions on proper hood usage protocols, please see me. We have many researchers using the facility that need access to the limited hood space we have available. The CNF staff appreciates your compliance on these policies.

Phil Infante
Cornell NanoScale Facility
Cornell University
250 Duffield Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
607-254-4926

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Monthly Reminders for May 2017 & Early Warnings on June 2017!

[1] Steam Shut Down 2017; Due to temperature and humidity disruptions to the cleanroom during the annual campus Steam Shutdown, we will close the cleanroom Tuesday May 30th at 7 am and will re-open at 12 noon on Friday, June 2nd. Also note, Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day) is a staff holiday- buddy rules will apply.

[2] 2017 CNF Tech Reports Due June 2nd; It is time once again to plan for the Cornell NanoScale Facility Research Accomplishments. By FRIDAY, JUNE 2ND, we need a two-page technical report from each CNF User (or small User Group working on the project). Please read and follow the detailed instructions carefully! Thank you. http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/cnf_rainstructions.html

[3] June is always a packed month with increased lab activity, our CNF TCN short course, and our CNF REU Program. Please be patient as these events will cause some disruption to our normal routines.

(a) The CNF short course, Technology & Characterization at the Nanoscale is scheduled for June 6th-9th,  Staff availability may be impacted and there will be increased traffic in the afternoon with tool demonstrations. Participation is encouraged for all new users and all the information is at http://cnf.cornell.edu/cnf_tcn_june_2017.html

(b) Our summer REU interns
will receive their New User Training on June 12 and 13. This New User Training will be exclusively for REU interns, so anyone considering becoming a CNF User is encouraged to get on our schedule as soon as possible to avoid that “closed” week. (Individual tool trainings will be open to other users, however.)
[4] Every Wednesday, the CNF technical staff is available from 1:30-3:30p in the CNF conference room (250 Duffield Hall) to discuss your research issues. RSVP to the User Program Managers if you have time (email) or just attend the discussion.

[5] CNF Annual Meeting & 40th Anniversary, September 14th! To celebrate our 40th anniversary, the CNF Annual Meeting will include special events and guest speakers to look back at our forty successful years in nanofabrication -- and look forward to the new vistas in nanotechnology. Sponsors are already lining up and registration is now open. We need your posters! http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/cnf_2017am.html

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these reminders, please contact Phil Infante, CNF Lab Safety Manager [email]

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Monthly Reminder to CNF Users, February 2017 Edition


[1] As a point of information, we will begin using a new cleanroom suit company starting in mid March. We do not anticipate any concerns with the new suits, but wanted you to know that some things will look a little different.

[2] Please remember our dress code and do not wear wet / salty boots or outdoor shoes into the cleanroom. Keep an extra pair of sneakers (for instance) on hand, so that you can easily wear clean and dry shoes when you enter the facility. The research you save from contamination may be your own! http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/cnf_dresscode.html

[3] A new vacuum bag sealer with an integral vacuum nozzle is now available for use by users -- located on the table near the CNF store.  Please contact staff with questions and concerns.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these reminders, please contact Phil Infante, CNF Lab Safety Manager [email]

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Monthly Reminder to CNF Users, December 2016 Edition

[1] The Holiday Break approaches! The CNF labs, including the cleanroom, will close on Friday, December 23rd, at 12 noon. We will reopen at 12 noon on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017.  NOTE that some tools take a long time to come back up after the break. Check Coral to make sure your tool is functioning before planning your visit.

[2] The January CNF Short Course: Technology & Characterization at the Nanoscale (CNF TCN) will be held Tuesday - Friday, January 17 - 20, 2017. Please spread the news and register online at http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/cnf_tcn_january_2017.html

[3] Cleanliness is critical in a cleanroom. We ask that you follow the proper procedures for rinsing resist bottles as soon as you are done using them. Unnecessary clutter in the hoods is a safety concern for all of us. Clean up after yourself!

[4] Last but not least -- winter weather is fast approaching, so please remember our dress code and do not wear wet / salty boots into the cleanroom. Keep an extra pair of sneakers (for instance) on hand, so that you can easily wear clean and dry shoes when you enter the facility. http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/cnf_dresscode.html

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these reminders, please contact Phil Infante, CNF
Lab Safety Manager [email]

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Monthly Reminder to CNF Users, November 2016 Edition

[1] The January CNF Short Course: Technology & Characterization at the Nanoscale (CNF TCN) will be held Tuesday - Friday, January 17 - 20, 2017. Please spread the news and register online at http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/cnf_tcn_january_2017.html

[2] Process News from Tom Pennell

- RF/DC cosputtering is now available on the AJA sputter deposition system. We now have the ability to sputter one RF material and one DC material at the same time. This is a process that has been requested by the user committee and several of the users in the lab. Users will be able to deposit multiple materials at independent power levels in order to tune deposition rates of the independent targets. This process was developed by Tom and our user, David Lynch. See Tom for training.

- Oxford Cobra etch system is open to the user community. The Oxford tool has HBr gas chemistry and will enable the use of the new photonics etch developed by Vince Genova. The tool also has chlorine and methanol gas chemistries. New processes on this tool will be announced as they are developed. Users can see Jeremy and Tom for training.

[3] Lab Transfer Share Reminder from David Botsch

The CNF Lab Transfer share is for temporary storage of files only. Users should retrieve their files via a CNF Windows PC or CNF Sunray from the Lab Transfer Share as soon as possible -- to save disk space. Files created that become more than seven days old will be auto deleted. Details on use of access to the Lab Transfer Share are on the CNF Computing website at: http://computing.cnfusers.cornell.edu/Transferring+Files+To+and+From+Tool+Control+Computers

[4] Last but not least -- winter weather is fast approaching, so please remember our dress code and do not wear wet / salty boots into the cleanroom. Keep an extra pair of sneakers (for instance) on hand, so that you can easily wear clean and dry shoes when you enter the facility. http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/cnf_dresscode.html

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these reminders, please contact Phil Infante, CNF Lab Safety Manager [email]

Monthly Reminder to CNF Users, September 2016 Edition


But first! A CNF Announcement!

The Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF) is pleased to welcome our new Lester B. Knight Director -- Professor Christopher Ober. We thank Professor Dan Ralph for steering the CNF on its course for the last six years, leading us in our successful bid to join the membership of the National Science Foundation’s new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI). Now we look forward to Chris taking up the reins and adding his insights to our work.

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."

Reminder #1; The Oxford Cobra ICP Etcher is open for business. See Vince Genova for training -- http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/cnf5_tool.taf?_function=detail&eq_id=206

Reminder #2; Every Wednesday, we have a Tech Discussion in our conference room, 250 Duffield Hall, starting at 1:30 p.m. Anyone with a research question or quandary is welcome to join us. There is no need to sign up for the Tech Discussion -- simply join us between 1:30-3:30 p.m. prepared to discuss your problem.

Reminder #3; Please share your developed processes/recipes on the CNF User Wiki, wiki.cnfusers.cornell.edu

Reminder #4; When using the Ultrasonic Bath, remember you MUST turn it off when you are done! We are adding a timer to help with this problem.

Reminder #5; Please take your time when using rinse water and make sure all the water stays in the sink / receptacle and does not flood nearby areas.

Reminder #6; On http://www.cnfusers.cornell.edu/cnf5_edutraining.html under "Multimedia Training" there are chemical safety and chemistry area training videos.  If it has been awhile since your New User Training, please take the time to remind yourself of our lab protocols.  Stay safe in there, folks!


And one PS!  There is still time and need for you to register and present a poster at the CNF Annual Meeting. http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/cnf_amregistration.html

 
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these reminders, please contact Phil Infante, CNF Lab Safety Manager [email]

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CNF User Monthly Update for July 2016

[1] The CNF Staff will be attending a luncheon this Friday, July 1st, to bid a fond farewell to our director, Dan Ralph, and welcome our new director, Chris Ober. More news will be published about the directorship at a later date. In the meantime, Buddy Rules apply from 12 noon on, on Friday.

[2] Monday, the 4th of July, is a National Holiday and staff will be off. Buddy Rules apply all day Monday.

[3] Reminder #1 -- Every Wednesday, we have a Tech Discussion in our conference room, 250 Duffield Hall, starting at 1:30 p.m. Anyone with a research question or quandary is welcome to join us! There is no need to sign up for the Tech Discussion -- simply join us between 1:30-3:30 p.m. prepared to discuss your problem.

[4] Reminder #2 -- The summer months can be hectic in the CNF cleanroom and labs. It is therefore even more important to strictly follow our protocols and procedures. It is always best to take your time and err on the side of caution. One chemical spill can ruin everyone's day! Stay aware, awake, and safe. Thank you.

[5] Finally, Reminder #3 -- Please plan to present a poster at the CNF Annual Meeting (Thursday, September 15th). Poster presenters register for free! We currently have twenty corporate sponsors and a healthy "pot of gold" for student awards. Don't miss out on free food all day, a chance to share your research with potential employers, AND the possibility of winning cash money for your poster! http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/cnf_2016am.html


If you have any questions or concerns regarding these reminders, please contact Phil Infante, CNF Lab Safety Manager [email]

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Monthly Reminder to CNF Users, for May & June 2016

[1] 2016 CNF Tech Reports Due May 27th; It is time once again to plan for the Cornell NanoScale Facility Research Accomplishments. By FRIDAY, MAY 27TH, we need a TWO PAGE TECHNICAL REPORT from each CNF User (or small User Group working on the project). Please read and follow the detailed instructions carefully! Thank you. http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/cnf_rainstructions.html

[2] Steam Shut Down 2016; Please note the annual steam shut down on Cornell campus means the CNF labs and cleanroom will be CLOSED Tuesday May 31 thru 12 noon on Friday, June 3. Before coming to the lab on Friday, check in Coral to make sure the tool you want is up and running. Also, note that Monday, May 30th, is a Staff Holiday and therefore Buddy Rules apply all day.

[3] June is always a packed month, starting with (a) our CNF TCN short course, (b) our CNF REU Program, and (c) Reunion. Please be patient as these events will cause some disruption to our normal routines.

(a) CNF clean room demonstrations are an integral part of the CNF short course, Technology & Characterization at the Nanoscale. Therefore the CNF TCN participants will be in the clean room the afternoons of June 8th-10th from 1:30-5:00 pm each day. Thank you for your kind consideration and accommodation.
(b) Our five CNF REU interns will receive their New User Training on June 13 and 14, and then many tool trainings over the course of that week. Their New User Training will be exclusively for REU interns, so anyone considering becoming a CNF User is encouraged to get on our schedule as soon as possible to avoid that "closed" week.

(c) Cornell Reunion is always a hectic time also, June 9-12. Expect to see lots of people wearing huge red buttons that proclaim their graduation year! Be kind and helpful -- someday you too will be Cornell alumni!



If you have any questions or concerns regarding these reminders, please contact Phil Infante, CNF Lab Safety Manager [email]


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