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




June 22nd, 2015 – XRD Short Course

NCSU’s Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) is giving a hands-on short course on X-ray Diffraction (XRD). This introductory course will cover basic principles of X-ray diffraction, operation of diffractometers in Bragg-Brentano geometry (that typically used for powders), and basic phase identification. It is meant for first-time XRD users and/or those interested in learning phase identification and pattern matching in HighScore software. The course will include 1 hour theory component (taught by Assoc. Prof. Jacob Jones), 1 hour of phase identification training in the AIF Data Analysis center, and 1-3 hours of a practical component in the XRD lab (as needed). After completion of this course and the EH&S course on Analytical X-ray Safety, attendees will be able to independently operate a diffractometer in basic mode.

In order to facilitate authorization to use the equipment, participants are encouraged to take the Analytical X-ray Safety offered by EH&S prior to May 18 (see details at for this information and other requirements to gain future access to the instruments).

Date Monday, June 22, 2015
Time 8:30 am – 4:00 PM
Location 324 Monteith Research Center, Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University
Cost NCSU student $50; non-profit $150; industry $350


For more details and to register, please contact Dr. Ching-Chang Chung at his email

Course limited to 10 people.

Example of XRD data: XRD example

April 29th, 2015 – Elaine Nominated an Award for Excellence at COE

On April 29, 2015, Elaine Zhou from the Analytical Instrumentation Facility was recognized through an Award for Excellence nomination within the College of Engineering for her contributions in the area of innovation in materials characterization services. Elaine has made significant contributions to improve the effectiveness of innovative services offered by the College to internal and external customers, which has resulted in several new and improved innovations. In particular, Elaine has been instrumental in transcending and integrating disciplines to exploiting tools and instrumentation that lies at the interface of disciplines. She has presented several seminars on new techniques to many groups at NC State, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and in presentations at national and international meetings. Her work has significantly increased the usage and visibility of the materials characterization tools to the academic community and industry.