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

Next TCN: January 2025 (Virtual)

CNF TCN Short Course


This intensive short course is offered by the Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility twice a year; virtual in January and in person in June. The course 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. The short course augments but does not replace the three part training required to become a user of our facility.

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. Attendees must be at least 18 years old to attend the in-person short course.

Schedule and Location

Tentative schedule for JANUARY:

The JANUARY short course is VIRTUAL (via Zoom) Wednesday through Friday, 11:00am - 4:00pm.

Day 1: Introduction & Microfluidic Systems 
Day 2: MEMS Cantilever Fabrication
Day 3: Nanoelectrode Fabrication and Process Integration

Tentative schedule for JUNE:

The JUNE course will be held IN-PERSON Tuesday through Friday. Continental breakfast and lunch included with the course.

Day 1: Mandatory Registration, Orientation and Safety Training (5:00pm - 8:00pm)
Day 2: Introduction & Microfluidic Systems (8:30am - 5:00pm)
Day 3: MEMS Cantilever Fabrication (8:30am - 5:00pm)
Day 4: Nanoelectrode Fabrication (8:30am - 5:00pm)

Dress Code

There is a mandatory dress code for the CNF clean room which must be followed each day of the course.

Directions and Parking

Directions to the Cornell NanoScale Facility (CNF)

There is an hourly / daily fee for parking on campus that is not included in the cost of the course. For information on parking please visit Short-Term Parking Options.


Ithaca, NY (ITH)
Syracuse, NY (SYR)
Elmira, NY (ELM)

Ground transportation:


Amtrak (Syracuse, NY)


Shortline Bus / Coach USA
Adirondack Trailways

Accommodations (for in person sessions in June)

CNF has a negotiated rate with the Best Western University Inn (607-272-6100). 
The Best Western offers complimentary continental breakfast and shuttle service to campus.

Rates: Sunday through Thursday $99/night; Friday and Saturday $139/night.

Accommodation arrangements should be made in advance, Ithaca area hotels fill up quickly due to University Events.

A list of Ithaca area lodging is on the website

Course fee & Cancellations

Registration fees:

Academic Rate / Government Rate:
June (in-person) - $425.00
January (virtual) - $120.00
Industrial Rate:
June (in-person) - $850.00
January (virtual) - $120.00

**These fees cover staff time, materials (and meals provided during June short course) 

No complimentary registrations are available.


If a cancellation request is not received 10 days prior to the course or if you do not show up for the course you are responsible for the full course fee.

Registration ​




Questions on course content please contact Tom Pennell; Registration and payments contact Rebecca Vliet