Update to NNF Entrance Procedures Starting 8/11/2020

With the start of the fall 2020 semester the NNF has updated its entry procedures, starting Tuesday 8/11/2020. Please see the below procedural update. 

Find the new NNF Wellness Google Form here

National Nanotechnology Day Image Contest: Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom

In celebration of National Nanotechnology Day in October, the RTNN and the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) are hosting the Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom image contest. Referencing Richard Feynman’s 1959 lecture, There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom, this image contest celebrates the beauty of the micro and nanoscale.

Submissions will be accepted from individuals or teams in a variety of categories. Images must have been acquired using instruments in RTNN facilities or be a result of data acquired using instruments in RTNN facilities within the past two years. The winning submission will be featured on the RTNN website and entered into the wider NNCI Image Competition. Last year’s winners can be seen here. Winners of the NNCI competition will have their images printed and framed and receive an award for conference travel!.

Submissions will be accepted in the categories listed below. Each person/team may submit one image to each category. Image should be submitted in JPEG, PNG, or TIFF format at the highest resolution possible. All images must include a scale bar in or below the image.

  • Most Stunning – beautiful images can use false color but the original image details should not be altered. Colorization of the image is not required for submission.
  • Most Unique Capability – show off something that makes RTNN facilities stand out.
  • Most Whimsical (visual illusion in art; for example, adding a boat to an SEM image that looks like the ocean)

Submit your image here. The submission deadline is September 14, 2020If you have difficulty submitting through the linked form, please contact the RTNN at rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu.

Note: Submitted images may be used by the RTNN and/or NNCI for promotional purposes. Your submission implies you have full author rights to submitted images and agree to give consent to the RTNN and NNCI for use of images.

If you have questions, please contact the RTNN at rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu.

Impact of CoVid-19 – Facility Phase 1 Re-Opening

We are happy to announce that the NNF will be starting a phased re-opening with processing being available to projects beyond critical research exceptions starting Tuesday May 19th, 2020.

There will be some changes to the way users access and work within the facility, however we are prioritizing the health and safety of all the staff and users while allowing research to restart. Please see the detailed Re-Opening Protocol that goes through all the procedures for how to apply for access to the facility, requirements for entering and exiting both the MRC and the NNF facilities, and safety expectations of the users.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if the NNF Staff can help you coordinate restarting your work. 

RTNN Student Ambassador Program

Open to all NC State, Duke, and UNC undergraduate and graduate students.

• Lead nanotechnology outreach activities for K-12 students
• Demonstrate scanning electron microscopy at local schools
• Give RTNN facility tours to university guests
• Participate in RTNN campus-wide events like NanoDays

To apply: Send one page statement of interest and a resume to rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu
For more info, please visit: go.ncsu.edu/rtnnstudent


Important Upcoming Dates:



October 17-20 (Sat – Tues) :

Quarterly Maintenance Shutdown – NNF Closed

November 26-27 (Thur – Fri) :

University Holiday – NNF Closed

December 24-31 (Thur – Thur) :

University Holiday – NNF Closed



The NCSU Nanofabrication Facility provides users with a broad range of nanofabrication capabilities to support a diverse set of projects.

The facility houses virtually all standard thin film processing tools. The facility serves as a melting pot for a community of top-notch researchers from academia, government labs and industry representing a variety of disciplines.

The vast majority of users prefer to come on-site for hands-on access to the facility. Users with well-defined projects can also have their work performed by our experienced staff.

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We are requesting all users to include the following statement in their publications to acknowledge NNF’s contribution to their research:

“This work was performed in part at the NCSU Nanofabrication Facility (NNF), a member of the North Carolina Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN), which is supported by the National Science Foundation (Grant ECCS-1542015) as part of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)”.