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Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory

CHANL is a core facility at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that enables cutting edge research by providing equipment, expertise and training for nano/micro fabrication and characterization in an open-access facility with capabilities not otherwise available on campus.

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Scanning and transmission electron microscopy, atomic force, nanoindentation, optical


Lithography, thin film deposition, ion beam milling, deep reactive ion etching


Fourier transform, x-ray photoelectron, x-ray diffraction, microspectrophotometry, ellipsometry
soft matter


Rheometry, dynamic scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, nanoindentation


CHANL, the Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory, is a core facility in the Department of Chemistry. It is housed in Chapman Hall and has over 20 major instruments for nano/micro fabrication and characterization. The instrumentation, cleanroom, and additional spaces are managed by a staff of 6 with faculty guidance from the CHANL Executive Director.

Other core facilities within the department include:

Mass Spectrometry Core

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core

X-ray Crystallography

Electronics Core

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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 Vivian Lin, 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-2025064, as part of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure, NNCI.

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