Nano-Materials and Engineering
Nano-Materials and Engineering Research at NC State
Since phenomena at the nanometer level are unique and often unpredictable, observing the properties of matter at this scale can offer a new understanding of materials and devices that impacts many areas—including the communications, food technology, and energy technology sectors. Advanced tools, such as the atomic force microscope, enable researchers to measure the characteristics of individual nanostructures and manipulate them to create new, valuable materials.
Nano-Materials & Engineering Centers & Labs
- Founded in 1923, the The Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) is a NC State resource for materials characterization. AIF operates numerous analytical instruments-including state-of-the-art electron microscopy, focused ion beam and materials analysis-maintained by a professional staff. AIF staff train users to operate analytical instrumentation, design efficient analytical experiments, and interpret data. AIF also offers short courses and formal classroom instruction.
- The Center for High Performance Simulation promotes collaboration between the NC State Colleges of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering in electronic, atomic, meso-scale, and macroscopic simulation methods and offers training and research to graduate students. The Center has three thrust areas: (1) materials and biomaterials; (2) computational fluid dynamics, including meteorological and astrophysics applications; and (3) applied mathematics and computer science.
- NC State researchers received a three-year, $1.2 million grant in 2009 from NSF's Center for Chemical Innovation to pursue research in the emerging field of molecular spintronics. The grant funds a NC State Center for Molecular Spintronics and supports collaborations between scientists at NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill with the aim of using the technology to develop smaller, faster, more energy-efficient electronic devices with increased storage capability.
- The Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center, established in 1991, is devoted to advancing knowledge in nonwovens technologies for the benefit of its members. The center serves the nonwovens industry through research, training, education and extension, engagement, and economic development. NCRC houses unique, state-of-the-art facilities for product development, analytical services and materials testing, analysis, and evaluation. NCRC offers additional services to its Industrial Members and Affiliates, such as proprietary testing, analysis, and product development.
- The NCSU Nanofabrication Facility (NNF) provides unparalleled opportunities for nanotechnology research. The facility provides hands-on access to users on a wide a range of nanofabrication equipment to support electronics, optical, molecular, magnetic, and MEMS projects. The NNF is open to all researchers and has a full range of micro- and nano-fabrication capabilities.
- The NSF Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures (CAMSS) is a collaboration between NC State and NC A&T State Universities, has four major thrust areas: advanced ceramics; advanced composites; electronic ceramic devices, sensors, and smart structures; and wide-band-gap III-V semiconductors, ohmic contacts, and devices. CAMSS has experimental facilities in advanced materials processing, nanoscale characterization, and computer modeling.
- The Nuclear Reactor Program (NRP) at NC State houses the PULSTAR reactor. It supports NC State and College of Engineering efforts to provide high quality undergraduate and graduate education, perform basic and applied research, and disseminate knowledge. Three facilities are designed to support the nondestructive examination of materials: the neutron powder diffractometer for investigating the atomic structure of materials, the intense positron beam for nanoporosity investigation including in high tech thin film applications, and the neutron imaging facility for radiography and tomography.
- The Textile Protection and Comfort Center provides faculty and students with a coordinated environment where interdisciplinary problems related to textile comfort and protection performance can be studied and solved. The major goal is to support basic and applied research programs that will develop fundamental knowledge and be the basis for improved performance in comfort for clothing and protective clothing systems in various end use scenarios.