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    NMCF Named Part of Gov. Youngkin's Virginia Alliance for Semiconductor Technology

    Along with the University of Virginia's Innovations in Fabrication Lab (IFAB), the Nanoscale Materials Characterization Facility (NMCF) has been earmarked as part of the Virginia Alliance for Semiconductor Technology (VAST), which was announced by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin on April 21, 2023.

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  • Environmental Science Geochemistry Students Tour NMCF

    UVa Environmental Science Students in Prof. Steve Macko's Geochemistry Class ( EVGE 7850 ) tour the X-ray Diffraction and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy laboratories, where NMCF Scientists, DIane Dickie and Helge Heinrich, describe instrumentation and methods.

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  • NMCF Director Jim Howe Retires

    NMCF Director Jim Howe has trained hundreds of students to utilize transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution scanning-TEM at the University of Virginia. He is shown here with Ph.D. student Niquana Smith.

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  • NMCF Featured in SEAS Open House

    UVa's Nanoscale Materials Characterization Facility (NMCF) featured during SEAS annual public open house.

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  • Masking Requirement Lifted for NMCF

    Masks and COVID vaccinations are now optional at UVa and within the NMCF, including during for-credit laboratory classes.

    If you have had close contact with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID, please wear a mask in the NMCF facilities per UVa policy.

    If you have significant health concerns where universal masking is advised, please reach out to the appropriate NMCF instrument scientist or class instructor.

    Details concerning UVa's COVID policy for staff & visitors can be found here.

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  • AZtecTimed is now AZtecFlex

    Heads up if you use AZTtec software for your SEM/TEM analysis.
    AztecTimed is no longer free to download, and has been updated.

    AZtecTimed is now AZtecFlex and for students the licence is discounted, from ($1,399.00) to ($139.00). For more information on how to access this discount as a student, click here.

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  • NMCF Senior Scientist Dickie Named Chair of “Small Molecule” Scientific Interest Group

    NMCF XRD & XCT Specialist Dr. Diane Dickie has been elected as the 2021 Chair Elect and 2022 Chair of the “Small Molecule” Scientific Interest Group for the American Crystallographic Association (ACA). The ACA is a scientific organization founded in 1949 and dedicated to the promotion of atomic-scale molecular structure research. ACA's mission is to further scientific interactions that "will advance experimental and computational aspects of crystallography and diffraction.

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  • Ramped up Remote NMCF Instrument Training Makes the News

    University of Virginia School of Engineering students, faculty and professional research staff now have an agile and safe way to train on sophisticated instruments housed within the Nanoscale Materials Characterization Facility.
    Lab manager Richard White created specialized instrument training videos featuring facility instrument scientists. Then, White and information technology specialist Ig Jakovac developed Zoom remote-training methodology and “driver's tests” that allow users to complete required training and certification while following COVID-19 protection protocols.

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  • NMCF Users Meeting for Phase 1 Policies

    NMCF Phase 1 Startup Meeting to Clarify New Safety Procedures
    NMCF Manager, Richard White, will be hosting a remote informational meeting for all NMCF instrument users to clarify the new Phase 1 safety procedures that have been instituted. Please join Richard for a ZOOM Meeting on Monday, 29 June 2020 at 10AM for information and discussion on current NMCF instrument use. Connect via the Zoom Link below:
    Topic: NMCF Phase I Policy Meeting
    Time: Jun 29, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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  • NMCF building renamed to honor William Jesser, MSE professor emeritus

    The materials science building at the University of Virginia School of Engineering has a new name: Jesser Hall.The UVA Board of Visitors approved the name in March, honoring a request from Greg Olsen, a distinguished alumnus (MSE '71) and successful entrepreneur. Olsen made a historic $25 million gift to UVA Engineering that will endow professorships, Ph.D. fellowships and other strategic opportunities to advance the School's research and education programs.

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