Nov, 2017 – AIF is One of the Five University Core Research Facilities

ORIED has collaborated with the Provost’s Office and other university leaders to identify, establish and support officially designated University Core Research Facilities. In 2013, ORIED and its partners identified two service centers developed by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences — the Cellular and Molecular Imaging Facility (CMIF) and the Genomic Sciences Laboratory (GSL) — as University Core Research Facilities. These facilities are administered and resourced by the Provost’s Office and ORIED. In addition, ORIED and its partners identified two more service centers — the Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) and the NC State Nanofabrication Facility (NNF), both administered by the College of Engineering — as University Core Research Facilities in 2016. ORIED provided these service centers with significant additional resources to upgrade instrumentation and facilities.

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AIF 2017 Best Paper Award

Please join us to congratulate Katherine Marusak,  from the group of Joseph Tracy (MSE) for a publication in Chemistry of Materials on CoNi nanoparticles and their conversion to phosphides and Nathalia Oriz from the group of Gufeng Wang (Chemistry) for work published in Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Congratulations to these authors on their excellent work!  Their research work involves employing many analytical instruments housed at AIF.

The AIF Best Paper Awards are given annually to reward and encourage exceptional research results that utilize the state-of-the-art facilities and staff at AIF. Recipients are selected by a committee of faculty and staff. The award is presented at the annual MRS/ASM/AVS Joint Symposium at NCSU and student authors receive a cash award.


Size and Composition Control of CoNi Nanoparticles and Their Conversion into Phosphides

Chemistry of Materials

PI: Joseph Tracy

First Author: Katherine Marusak


Anisotropic Overgrowth of Palladium on Gold Nanorods in the Presence of Salicylic Acid Family Additives

Journal of Physical Chemistry C

PI: Gufeng Wang

First author: Nathalia Oriz

Dec 1st 2017 – Basic Vacuum Technology Short Course


Date Friday, Dec 1st, 2017
Time  8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location Monteith Research Center, Rm 320 (NCSU Centennial Campus)
Instructor Fred Stevie
Registration Cost NCSU student $50; non-profit $50; industry $350

This is primarily a hands on course with some lecture time. Individuals will work on two functioning vacuum systems. Each attendee will manually remove and install components to learn practical knowledge when dealing with vacuum systems. Covered components include forepumps, turbomolecular pumps, ion pumps, thermocouple and cold cathode gauges, valves, flanges, and feedthroughs.

In addition to hands-on instruction, attendees will receive the following:

  • Digital copy of lecture materials
  • Tour of AIF facility


The course instructor will be Fred Stevie. Fred has 40 years of experience with vacuum instrumentation and is an American Vacuum Society instructor. He is currently responsible for the Surface Analysis Laboratory at NC State.