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.


Scientific Art Competition: Winners

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy Workshop

Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope Workshop

Student Opportunity: CHANL Kickstarter


  • 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.

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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 Bob Geil, 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.