CNF Short Course: Technology & Characterization at the Nanoscale (CNF TCN)

The June 2020 CNF TCN has been cancelled.
We are currently working on developing an abbreviated online webinar / lecture series.

This intensive 3.5 day short course is offered by the Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility twice a year, January and June. The course combines lectures and laboratory demonstrations designed to impart a broad understanding of the science and technology required to undertake research in nanoscience. TCN is an ideal way for faculty, students, post docs and staff members to rapidly come up to speed in many of the technologies that users of the CNF need to employ. Members of the high tech business community will also find it an effective way to learn best practices for success in a nanofab environment. Attendance is open to the general scientific community, but class size is limited. The short course augments but does not replace the three part training required to become a user of our facility.

Target Audience

Attendance is open to the general scientific community and is not limited to CNF users or Cornell students. We strongly encourage all persons expecting to become CNF users to attend this course.  It is suitable for both new and experienced researchers interested in nanoscale science.  An emphasis will be placed on CNF laboratory resources, however, the concepts and techniques discussed are generally applicable to research in this field and do not require use of CNF.  Please note the lab demonstrations do not replace any required formal tool trainings.

Schedule and Location

The course will be held Tuesday through Friday. The lectures and lunches will be held in (location TBD, usually Phillips Hall and the Duffield atrium). The laboratory demonstrations and lectures will be held in the CNF clean room, in Duffield Hall. Please note the dress code below!

Directions and Parking

Parking is NOT included in the cost of the course. If you are a visitor and you must park on campus, there is an hourly or daily fee for parking. Directions to Cornell University.

The three closets airports are Ithaca, NY (ITH), Syracuse, NY (SYR), and Elmira, NY (ELM)

Amtrak serves Syracuse, NY. 

Cornell Campus-to-Campus, OurBus, Shortline Bus / Coach USA , Greyhound, and Adirondack Trailways operate buses into Ithaca from a variety of cities, including daily service to/from NYC.


A list of Ithaca area lodging is on the website.

CNF has a negotiated rate with the Best Western University Inn (607-272-6100). Located just off campus the Best Western offers a complimentary continental breakfast and shuttle service to campus. Rates are as follows: Sunday through Thursday $90/night; Friday and Saturday $125/night.

Accommodation arrangements should be made in advance, Ithaca area hotels fill up quickly due to University's Events.


  • Academic Rate (including students and faculty) and Government Rate: $425

    Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, this course is free for graduate students from U.S. institutions outside Cornell, up to 5 students per external university. (Travel and lodging are not included.)  Graduate students who wish to attend for the course for free should contact Rebecca Vliet to ensure comp registration is available PRIOR to registering. When registering please make sure to indicate this by checking the appropriate box on the registration form.
  • Industrial Rate: $850

Cancellations: If cancellation is not received 10 days prior to the course or if you do not show up for the course you will be responsible for the full course fee.

Dress Code

There is a mandatory dress code for the CNF clean room which must be followed each day of the course.


  • Tuesday, Day 1: Registration & Orientation (5:30p-7:30p)
  • Wednesday, Day 2: Introduction & Microfluidic Systems (8:45a-4:00p)
  • Thursday, Day 3: MEMS Cantilever Fabrication (8:45a-4:00p)
  • Friday, Day 4: Nanoelectrode Fabrication (8:45a-4:00p)


Note the class size has a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 30 (because of the hands-on lab activities). If the minimum of 15 participants in the CNF TCN is not met we will cancel. Your spot is not guaranteed until your payment is received. If the course is being charged to a Cornell account we will notify the PI or accounts representative. If paying by check, please make the check out to "Cornell University" and write "CNF TCN" in the memo line. Credit cards and Cornell procurement cards are also accepted -- once you submit your registration, follow the appropriate links on the confirmation page. A waiting list will be maintained in case of cancellations.

Questions on course content please contact Beth Rhoades; Questions on registration and logistics contact Rebecca Vliet