• Outreach Support for Grant Proposals

    SMIF has leveraged NSF support to create field-tested outreach programs that can:

    • Seamlessly customize and integrate into your grant proposal
    • Show a direct link between your proposed research and the outreach content
    • Reach K12 students—including those underrepresented in STEM


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  • Scanning Electron Microscopy

    This image of a partially reacted rubidium cluster, which appeared on the cover of the Journal of Applied Physics, was taken on SMIF's scanning electronic microscope (SEM) by Chris Flower—a Duke undergraduate.


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  • Photolithography

    An optical mage of an active metamaterial array fabricated with photolithography.


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  • MicroCT Scanning

    A 3D print of 40-million-year-old primate jaw (Notharctus tenebrosus) scanned in SMIF's MicroCT scanner.


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  • Undergraduate Training

    Students make amazing things through the Undergraduate User Program (SUUP).

    Supported by the Lord Foundation, Duke students get a year’s worth of hands-on research experience through access to the extensive technological resources in SMIF.


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Cleanroom Fabrication, Materials and Device Characterization, and Imaging


The Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) at Duke University is an interdisciplinary, shared resource open to Duke University researchers from all schools and departments—as well as to users from other universities, government laboratories and industry.

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Our NSF-Funded Network

SMIF is a member of the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN), a National Science Foundation-funded site in the National Nanotechnolgy Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI).

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