CENTERS & LABS
Many centers and laboratories in departments across NC State are dedicated to nanotechnology research. The facilities highlighted on this page feature a variety of instrumentation that supports the characterization and fabrication of structures and devices at the nanoscale. To learn more about the unique capabilities of these facilities, as well as their availability, please contact the center/lab directors listed below.
Director: Justin Schwartz
Founded in 1923, 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 (SIMS, XPS, AES, etc.)-maintained by a professional staff. AIF staff train users to operate analytical instrumentation, design efficient analytical experiments, and interpret data. AIF also provides short courses and formal classroom instruction to ensure students understand modern analytical techniques and the instrumentation required to implement them.
Director: Jim Riviere
CCTRP's main research interests focus on dermal absorption and toxicity of chemicals, drugs, nanoparticles and complex mixtures, pharmacokinetics, and predicting tissue residues of drugs. The nanotoxicology program led by Dr. Monteiro-Riviere is assessing the nature of interactions between skin and manufactured nanoparticles (e.g. carbon fullerenes and nanotubes, quantum dots, silver and aluminum nanoparticles). Work is also underway to develop and define a biologically-relevant metric of nanomaterial interaction (Biological Reactive Surface Area – BRSA) that could be used to predict particle behavior in vivo.
Directors: Jerry Bernholc and Keith E. Gubbins
CHiPS 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. CHiPS offers graduate courses in simulation methods, workshops on high performance simulation, and visiting researcher seminars.
Principal Investigator: David Shultz
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 will fund a NC State center for molecular spintronics and support 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. Dr. David Shultz is the PI; co-PIs include Drs. Dan Dougherty, Marco Buongiorno-Nardelli, Jack Rowe, Joe Tracy and Gail Jones. The grant is one of four in the U.S.
Director: Gregory N. Parsons
The Nano Energy Lab is a multi-departmental research effort at North Carolina State University to advance the field of nanomaterials and nanostructures for renewable energy devices and systems. In addition to the research efforts, the Lab also consists of a Photovoltaics Process and Analysis Facility located on Centennial Campus at NC State.
Director: Mehmet C. Ozturk
The 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.
Director: Behnam Pourdeyhimi
NCRC, 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.
Directors: Jagdish Narayan and Jag Sankar (NC A&T State University)
This Center, 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 the areas of advanced materials processing, nanoscale characterization, and computer modeling.
Director: Veena Misra
NC State is leading a national nanotechnology research effort to create self-powered devices to help people monitor their health and understand how the surrounding environment affects it. The NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST), headquartered on NC State’s Centennial Campus, is a joint effort between NC State and Florida International University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Virginia. The center, funded by an initial five-year $18.5 million grant from NSF, includes five affiliated universities and about 30 industry partners in its global research consortium.
Director: Ayman I. Hawari
The Nuclear Reactor Program (NRP) at NC State University 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 exist that 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.
Director: Thomas Dow
The Precision Engineering Center (PEC) at NC State is a multidisciplinary research center that began in 1982 with faculty from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and now includes faculty and graduate students from Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. The PEC, housed in an 11,000-square-foot facility on NC State's Centennial Campus, has average annual expenditures of $500,000. The research program emphasizes metrology (sensors and measurement systems), innovative precision fabrication processes (machining, grinding, polishing), and real-time process control.
Directors: Joseph DeSimone (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Ruben G. Carbonell
CERSP advances groundbreaking research into environmentally-friendly solvents and provides undergraduate and graduate training and industrial and educational outreach. It is a multi-disciplinary effort among five universities (UNC-Chapel Hill is the lead institution) and two national laboratories. Key goals are to create and share knowledge with academic, industrial, and government centers; educate future scientists/engineers on environmental problem-solving; increase participation of minority and underprivileged students in science and math; and increase scientific literacy for K-12 students.