New free online course teaches anyone how to make and examine materials on a molecular scale


 A Maker’s Course

A screenshot from the new Duke offering on Coursera, Nanotechnology: A Maker’s Course


By Ken Kingery...

Students make amazing things on a minuscule scale through a special program at Duke’s Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF)


The MicroArrayer is a non-contact printer that spots arrays of picoliter scale drops onto a variety of substrates.  It is ideal for automated ultra-low volume liquid handling of various samples (biological, organic, nanoparticle and dyes) and for miniaturized chemistry applications, such as in polymers and materials.   For more information click here. For a video of drop formation in the microarrayer check out the SMIF Youtube channel...

A bell jar thermal evaporator is now available in the Sample Prep lab.  This evaporator has components and materials for carbon evaporation, but can also be used to evaporate other materials (supplied by the user).  For more information, click here.

A Kurt Lesker ALD-150X Plasma Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition (PE-ALD) system is now on-line. Films available by request are Al2O3, HFO2, ZrO2, HFZrO2, and TiN (coming soon). For more information and to request ALD processing, click here.