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New NSF Funding will Help Support CHANL

20150901_CHANL_NSF_0002_CLD_ET_JC_PicThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC State and Duke are launching a partnership to dramatically broaden access to nanotechnology facilities and expertise to faculty, students, businesses and educators across the Triangle and nationwide. The goal is to encourage both traditional and non-traditional users of these highly specialized and expensive pieces of equipment across the three universities in order to mix ideas and push the limits of innovation. The partnership, called the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network, RTNN, is supported by a five-year, $5.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

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The Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory (CHANL) was established in 2006 as part of the Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience and Technology, but has since moved into the Department of Applied Physical Sciences. CHANL operates as a shared instrumentation laboratory open to UNC researchers from all departments as well as to researchers from other universities, government labs, and industry. User fees are charged for instrumentation usage to recover the cost of materials, supplies, and instrumentation maintenance.


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

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