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


Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - Friday, June 10, 2022
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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. Attendees must be at least 18 years old to attend the short course.

Schedule and Location

The course will be held Tuesday through Friday. The lectures and lunches will be held in Phillips Hall and the Duffield atrium.

  • Tuesday: Registration, Orientation and Safety Training (5:00pm - 8:00pm)

  • Wednesday, Day 1: Introduction & Microfluidic Systems (8:00am - 5:00p)

  • Thursday, Day 2: MEMS Cantilever Fabrication (8:45am - 5:00pm)

  • Friday, Day 3: Nanoelectrode Fabrication (8:45am - 5:00pm)

Dress Code

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

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.

Course fee & Cancellations

The CNF TCN short course has a minimum class size 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 the course will be cancelled.


  • Academic Rate (including students and faculty) and Government Rate: $425
  • Industrial Rate: $850

    (These fees cover staff time, materials and provided meals (breakfast and lunch))


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.



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Questions on course content please contact Tom Pennell; Registration and payment contact Rebecca Vliet