CHANL, the Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory, was established in 2006 as part of the Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience and Technology. Since then, we have become a part of the Department of Applied Physical Sciences.

We operate as a shared instrumentation laboratory open to UNC researchers from all departments as well as to researchers from other universities, government labs, and industry. We charge user fees to recover the cost of materials, supplies, and instrumentation maintenance.

Our Objectives

  • To provide cost-effective access to analytical and nanofabrication instrumentation that would not otherwise be available in individual research labs.
  • To provide expertise and technical resources, to assist researchers in designing experimental plans, acquiring appropriate data, and interpreting data.
  • To promote education by working closely with students and postdocs to provide instrument training and hands on experience.
  • To foster an environment of collaborative research that extends beyond departmental boundaries.



CHANL is very excited to announce that a new Kurt Lesker E-Beam evaporator is available for use. This new tool features a powerful pumping system and a load lock chamber that significantly reduces the amount of time needed to pump down to a pressure of 5e-7 torr to only 7 minutes! The older system in CHANL took an overnight pump down to reach the same pressure.

In addition, the system can reach an ultimate base pressure of 2e-8 torr. These low pressures are crucial for clean metal depositions such as those needed for the catalysis of semiconductor nanowire growth. For additional information about this tool or to schedule a training, please email Jun Yan.

Lesker Evaporator

Kurt Lesker E-Beam Evaporator

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CHANL receives support from NSF through the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure, NNCI, program. If you publish a paper that includes data acquired or structures fabricated in CHANL, please include the following in the acknowledgement section of your paper. Once your paper is published, please send it to Carrie Donley, so that we can also add it to CHANL’s list of publications. Thank you!

NSF Acknowledgement Statement:
This work was performed in part at the Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory, CHANL, 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.


Chapel Hill Analytical & Nanofabrication Laboratory
243 Chapman Hall, CB# 3216
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3216


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