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For K-12 Teacher & Students

Classroom Learning & Field Trips

Bring university research facilities into your classrooms via remote connection (free complement to your K-12 curriculum!)

The RTNN is an NSF-funded collaboration between NCSU, Duke, and UNC. A major focus of the RTNN is to bring nanotechnology awareness and experiences into middle schools and high schools. Through the RTNN, we will be able to offer you FREE access to equipment such as scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) that can image objects at the nanoscale.

There are numerous ways to interact with us for FREE:
Monster Under the Bed: Send a sample to us (e.g. dust from under your bed – there will be mite monsters), and we will image the sample in the SEM in a real time Skype link with your class.

Seat Belts Everyone! Field Trip: Visit our RTNN labs and observe our equipment in action. Maybe your class collects a few bugs, rocks, or plants they are interested in looking at.

School Days: Use scotch tape to collect samples from around your school by sticking it to surfaces and seeing what it collects.

Send your samples to us in advance. On the day of your virtual skype or in-person visit, a student Staff member at one of our universities will connect with your class via Skype or in person. They will talk with your class about the equipment being used, what it’s typically used for, and then will image the sample(s) that your class sent to us. Your students will see the equipment, how the imaging SEM system works, get to see their samples up close, and start making discoveries of their own.

If you’re interested in bringing this technology into your classroom, contact us at rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu.

Close up of velcro
Microscopic image of typical velcro

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Close up of a bug eye

View a video recording of one of our web-based demonstrations, courtesy of teacher Andrew Gatt of Orange Charter School in Hillsborough, NC:

RTNN Free-Use Facilities Access Fund

In order to further our mission to serve as a hub of cutting-edge nanotechnology innovation and education, the RTNN has established a "Free-Use" Fund to allow members of the nanotechnology and greater scientific communities, who would otherwise not have the financial resources, to use RTNN facilities. Among the targeted audiences for this funding are high school and community college science and engineering students and educators.

Visit our Opportunities page for more information. Click to view the application.


For Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU+)

The inaugural summer of our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU+) program will be in 2016. Students will participate in nanotechnology-related research at one of the RTNN partner universities with follow-on at students’ home institutions in the year following the summer program. Visit our REU+ page for more information and applications.

Peer-to-Peer Networking Facility Use Program

Our peer-to-peer networking facility use program enables undergraduate and graduate students from other locations to access facilities in the RTNN remotely. Graduate students at all of our facilities are ready and waiting to help. While we strongly encourage you to visit our facilities for the first usage (you can learn a lot on-site!), we understand that travel costs and time are often huge challenges to accomplishing research. Let us help! Get started by emailing rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu.

RTNN Research Symposium

The 1st Annual RTNN Research Symposium will be held on March 22, 2016 at NC State University’s Monteith Research Center on Centennial Campus. This free, one-day forum brings together researchers that use RTNN facilities for their fabrication, processing, and characterization needs. All students and post-doctoral fellows using the facilities are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration for oral presentations. Visit our Research Symposium page for more information and submission instructions.


For New & Non-Traditional Researchers

The RTNN offers many resources for researchers who are new to nanotechnology facilities or who are coming from non-traditional research areas. We would be happy to talk about your needs via email or telephone – just send us a quick note at rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu to get started!

RTNN Free-Use Facilities Access Fund

In order to further our mission to serve as a hub of cutting-edge nanotechnology innovation and education, the RTNN has established a "Free-Use" Fund to allow members of the nanotechnology and greater scientific communities, who would otherwise not have the financial resources, to use RTNN facilities.

The RTNN encourages applications from high school and community college science and engineering students and educators, non-traditional users (those from disciplines that have not historically used NNCI programs, including Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Textile Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Agriculture, Soil Science, Forest Biomaterials, and Plant & Microbial Biology), users from underrepresented groups (as defined by NSF), academic users who are at a non-Research-1 university and may have limited access to facilities and/or research funding, and industrial users who for some reason do not have funds or have start-up projects with highly innovative potential.

Visit our Opportunities page for more information. Click to view the application.


For Community College Educators & Students

Summer Nanotechnology Workshop

The RTNN organizes a 2-day summer nanotechnology workshop for Community College educators during the last two weeks in May. Participant support funds are available to defray the costs of travel and daycare. Interested in attending? Email us at rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu. More information will be posted soon!

RTNN Free-Use Facilities Access Fund

In order to further our mission to serve as a hub of cutting-edge nanotechnology innovation and education, the RTNN has established a “Free-Use” Fund to allow members of the nanotechnology and greater scientific communities, who would otherwise not have the financial resources, to use RTNN facilities. Among the targeted audiences for this funding are high school and community college science and engineering students and educators.

Visit our Opportunities page for more information. Click to view the application.


For Your Continuing Education in Nanotechnology

Online Continuing-Ed Courses

The RTNN will soon offer a massive open online course (MOOC) on some new aspects of nanotechnology. We are excited about this tremendous outreach and public education initiative! Check back here in January for more information!


Professional Researchers

Technique Training Workshops

The RTNN offers regular training and specialized process workshops that target professionals. For a listing of existing workshops, see the Events section of this website.

Have an idea for a workshop topic? Email us at rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu! Let us help!

Nanotech Commercialization Conference

The RTNN will team with the NC Department of Commerce to lead this annual, flagship nanotechnology networking meeting.

The conference will include international/national-level keynote speakers, technical research sessions (highlighting key advances by faculty research groups), workshops/tutorials, and exhibits showcasing the latest advances in the field. We will also focus on interfacing across sectors, i.e. business development (financing, licensing) workshops for the nanotech researcher/entrepreneur and industry-community college panel discussions to guide workforce development initiatives.

Dates and location are to be determined. For more information on the Nanotech Commercialization Conference and how you can be involved, email rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu.


Contact the RTNN directly at:
Email: rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu
Phone: 919-515-9588
Monteith Research Center
Campus Box 7531, Rm. 318
2410 Campus Shore Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695-7531

This website is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ECCS-1542015 . Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).