National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

Serving Nanoscale Science, Engineering & Technology

June 2014 CNF TCN Short Course

CNF Short Course: Technology & Characterization at the Nanoscale (CNF TCN)
Tuesday - Friday, June 3-6, 2014


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, graduate 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 "Getting Started” at 
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.

  • 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 in 2013 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,
  • Accommodations
    Attendance from outside the Ithaca area is strongly encouraged. We have a block of rooms reserved for you at the University Inn Best Western ( Call 607-272-6100 and tell them you are booking a room in the CNF TCN Short Course Block. The Best Western has free shuttle service to the Ithaca airport and to Cornell campus, and is on the Campus-to-Campus bus line if you are coming in from New York City. (Information on other accommodations can be found at
  • Cost
    Academic Rate (including students and faculty) and Government Rate: $425
    Industrial Rate: $850
  • 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,
  • 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 information is received. If the course is being charged to a CNF or Cornell account, we will notify the PI or accounts representative of the account. If paying by check, please make the check payable 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.



  • 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)

Questions on course content should be directed to:
Dr. Mandy Esch
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



Tue, 06/03/2014 - 5:30pm to Fri, 06/06/2014 - 5:00pm
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Cornell University - Ithaca, NY