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


The next CNF TCN will be held January 18 - 20, 2022. The course spans over 3 days, each day offers lectures and laboratory demonstrations designed to impart a broad understanding of the science and technology required to undertake research in nanoscience. Practical laboratory demonstrations guide users through the step-by-step process of fabricating microfluidic, MEMS and nano-electrode devices along with evaluation using supporting metrology tools. 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. 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.


Sample Schedule:

  • Wednesday, Day 1: Introduction & Microfluidic Systems (11:00am - 4:00pm EDT)
  • Thursday, Day 2: MEMS Cantilever Fabrication (11:00am - 4:00pm EDT)
  • Friday, Day 3: Nanoelectrode Fabrication (11:00am - 4:00pm EDT)


  • Academic Rate (including students and faculty) $425.00
  • Government Rate: $425.00
  • Industrial Rate: $850.00

    **Cancellation policy: If a cancellation is not received 2 weeks prior to the course, you will be responsible for the full course fee to cover the cost of materials shipped.


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If the course is being charged to a Cornell account we will notify the PI or accounts representative. Credit cards and Cornell procurement cards are accepted -- once you submit your registration, follow the appropriate payment link on the confirmation page. 


Questions on course content please contact Thomas Pennell; Questions on registration and logistics contact Rebecca Vliet