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CNF Short Course: Technology & Characterization at the Nanoscale (CNF TCN)

Tuesday - Friday, January 14 - 17, 2020

This intensive 3.5 day short course offered by the Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility, combines lectures and laboratory demonstrations designed to impart a broad understanding of the science and technology required to undertake research in nanoscience. TCN is an ideal way for faculty, students, post docs and staff members to rapidly come up to speed in many of the technologies that users of the CNF need to employ. Members of the high tech business community will also find it an effective way to learn best practices for success in a nanofab environment.  Attendance is open to the general scientific community, but class size is limited.

PLEASE NOTE #1: The short course augments but does not replace the three part training required to become a user of our facility. To become a CNF user, one must follow the instructions under the "Getting Started” link above.

PLEASE NOTE #2: TCN is held twice a year, January and June. There is a minimum of 15 participants in the CNF TCN (maximum 30). If we do not receive 15 registrations we will cancel.

Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, this course is free for graduate students from U.S. institutions outside Cornell, up to 5 students per external university. (Travel and lodging are not included.) Students who wish to attend for the course for free should contact Rebecca Vliet to ensure comp registration is available PRIOR to registering. When registering please make sure to indicate this by checking the appropriate box on the registration form. Cancellations must be made prior to January 6, 2020 by contacting Rebecca VlietIf cancellation is not received and you do not show up for the course you will be responsible for the full course fee.

  • Target Audience
    Attendance is open to the general scientific community and is not limited to CNF users or Cornell students. We strongly encourage all persons expecting to become CNF users to attend this course.  It is suitable for both new and experienced researchers interested in nanoscale science.  An emphasis will be placed on CNF laboratory resources, however, the concepts and techniques discussed are generally applicable to research in this field and do not require use of CNF.  Please note the lab demonstrations do not replace any required formal tool trainings.

  • Schedule and Location
    The course will be held Tuesday through Friday. The lectures and lunches will be held in (location TBD). The laboratory demonstrations and lectures will be held in the CNF clean room, in Duffield Hall. Please note the dress code below!

  • Directions and Parking
    Parking is NOT included in the cost of the course. If you are a visitor and you must park on campus, that will cost you $10 a day. (See "Accommodations" next for advice on parking) Directions to Cornell University and CNF, and Visitor Parking Information, http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/cnf5_direction.html

  • Travel & Accommodations
    Information on travel and accommodations can be found here: http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/cnf5_infotraveller.html. For additional information about the Ithaca area, visit:  http://www.visitithaca.com/.

    Note: You will receive a 10% discount on your reservation
    at the Best Western University Inn (607-272-6100) when you request the "CNF rate". Accommodation arrangements should be made in advance, Ithaca area hotels fill up quickly due to the University's Reunion Events.

  • Cost
    Academic Rate (including students and faculty) and Government Rate: $425
    Industrial Rate: $850

    As noted above, the course fee will be reimbursed for up to 5 research students per university for students from U.S. institutions outside Cornell.  Please refer to the note above about the procedures for free registration.
  • Dress Code
    There is a mandatory dress code for the CNF clean room which must be followed each day of the course. Please see the web site for full details, http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/cnf_dresscode.html.

  • Schedule (click here to view sample schedule)


    Tuesday, Day 1: Registration & Orientation (5:30p-7:30p)
    Wednesday, Day 2: Introduction & Microfluidic Systems (8:45a-4:00p)
    Thursday, Day 3: MEMS Cantilever Fabrication (8:45a-4:00p)
    Friday, Day 4: Nanoelectrode Fabrication (8:45a-4:00p)
  • Registration
    Note the class size has a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 30 (because of the hands-on lab activities).
    Your spot is not guaranteed until your payment is received
    . If the course is being charged to a Cornell account we will notify the PI or accounts representative. If paying by check, please make the check out to "Cornell University" and write "CNF TCN" in the memo line. Credit cards and Cornell procurement cards are also accepted -- once you submit your registration, follow the appropriate links on the confirmation page. A waiting list will be maintained in case of cancellations.

    Click here to Register


Questions on course content should be directed to:
Beth Rhoades
250 Duffield Hall, CNF
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York, 14853


Questions on logistics and registration should be directed to:

Rebecca Vliet
250 Duffield Hall, CNF
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York, 14853



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