Nov. 13th, 2015 – MRS/ASM/AVS Joint Symposium at NCSU

November 13, 2015

Symposium Sign

AIF Is Pleased To Host A Joint Symposium:

Materials Research Society – North Carolina Section

ASM International – Carolinas Central Chapter

American Vacuum Society – Mid Atlantic Chapter

Meeting Overview

The meeting will be held on Friday November 13th, 2015 at the Mckimmon Center of NC State University (1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh NC 27606). The meeting is expected to draw over 100 participants both locally and from the surrounding region. Topics ranging from nanomaterials, processing, characterization, biomaterials and modeling will be presented by both invited speakers and selected student contributions. The proceedings will be posted 2 days prior to the meeting for digital download. For more information consult the meeting flyer

Invited Speakers and Topics

Aaron Franklin (Duke) Nanomaterials in transistors

David Stokes (RTI) – Thermoelectric Materials

David Sebba (BD Technologies) – Cancer Diagnostics

Michael Dickey (NCSU) – Liquid Metals


The meeting will be held at the NC State University Mckimmon Center. Parking is free. Please click here for location information and directions.

For those coming in from out of town and spending the night, please note that you are eligible to receive the NCSU rate when you reserve a room at either the Holiday Inn Express on Gorman Street or at the DoubleTree on Hillsborough Street. Be sure to request the NCSU rate at the time you make your reservation.

Student Poster/Oral Sessions

A student poster session will be held and 3 student contributed papers will be selected for 15 minute oral presentations. When registering, you will be asked to indicate whether the abstract should be considered for a poster or for a paper (eligible for an oral presentation). Cash prizes will be awarded for the best student oral presentation and for the top 3 poster presentations. First 32 posters submitted will be judged. Later submissions can be displayed but not judged. Over $1k prizes to be awarded. Primary authors will be asked to register for the Symposium if they have not already done so. Abstract deadline is Nov. 6.

Abstract and Poster requirements

  • Please use plain text for abstract submission
  • Poster size should be 48 inches by 36 inches




Sep. 25th, 2015 – FIB Short Course

FIB short course

AIF is going to offer another FIB short course in June 26th, 2015. The FIB short course includes lectures covering an introduction to the FIB technique, an overview of the principles and operation of the FIB as well as applications such as FIB prepared SEM and TEM cross section. Also, there will be hands on demos of these applications on the AIF Quanta Dual Beam FIB-SEM. To insure each student receives a maximum of time on the FIB, the course will be limited to 6 participants.

Date Friday, Sep 25th 2015
Time 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Location 324 Monteith Research Center, NCSU Centennial Campus
Registration cost (student and non-profit) $50
Registration cost (industry) $350


For more details and to register, please contact Fred Stevie at

Sep. 18th and Oct 2nd, 2015 – SEM Short Course

SEM Short Course

NCSU’s Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) offers a hands-on short course on Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) on a routine basis.  In addition to two lectures on SEM theory, each student will get hands-on time (90 minute or more per student) running the AIF variable pressure SEM (VPSEM).  The goal of the course is to provide students a basic understanding of both theory and practice such that they can operate any SEM with minimal training.  By the end of the day, the students should be able to operate the VPSEM without assistance. To insure each student receives maximum hands-on time, the course will be limited to 3 participants.

Date Friday, Sep 18th and Oct 2nd, 2015
Time 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location 318 Monteith Research Center, Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University
Cost NCSU student $50; non-profit $50; industry $350


For more details and to register, please contact Chuck Mooney at