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“Symposium for Microscopy” Celebrates Outstanding Nano-scale Research at the University of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (November 7, 2017) … The Petersen Institute of NanoScience Engineering (PINSE) at the University of Pittsburgh will host the inaugural Symposium for Microscopy on November 10. The symposium will feature a variety of speakers discussing topics in electron microscopy and the application of advanced microscopy in academia and industry.

“Over the past 10 years, PINSE has helped establish the University of Pittsburgh’s reputation as a leader in world-class microscopy,” said David Vorp, Associate Dean for Research and John A. Swanson Professor of Bioengineering at Pitt. “The symposium will create a forum at Pitt for education and conversation about the state of nanotechnology, including current knowledge gaps and future research opportunities.” 

Keynote speakers for the event are Frances Ross, microscopy expert at the IBM Nanoscale Materials and Analysis Department, and Emilie Ringe, assistant professor of material science and Nano Engineering at Rice University. The symposium begins at 8:00 am in the University Club, Ballroom A on the Oakland campus and will conclude with a reception and tour of the PINSE facility at 5:00 pm.

PINSE launched the Nanoscale Fabrication and Characterization Facility in 2006. This 4,000 square foot clean room contains state-of-the-art equipment for the nanofabrication and characterization needs of internal and external users. Some of the advancements in nanoscience and nanotechnology at PINSE include:

  • developing special coatings with nanoparticles that prevent surfaces from icing
  • investigating materials containing nanosize semiconductor particles with the potential to make painted coatings that convert sunlight to electricity;
  • and integrating biology and nanotechnologies to develop highly sensitive, easy-to-use biosensors for diagnostic medicine.

Since 2002, PINSE has encouraged innovation in nanoscience research among members of the University and researchers throughout the region. The mission of the institute is to coordinate collaboration between faculty from various departments with an interest in nanoscience research, to pursue industrial and commercial relationships, and to foster educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.nano.pitt.edu/Symposium


Above image: Mounting of samples for fabrication into a FEI Scios Dual Beam system at the Nanoscale Fabrication and Characterization Facility at Pitt

Author: Matt Cichowicz, Communications Writer

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