• 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


  • Face masks are required to be worn within SMIF (and all Duke campus buildings) for all people, regardless of vaccination status.   
  • Social distancing is encouraged for everyone in SMIF.  Duke University recoomends social distancing for those who are not vaccinated. 
  • The door to the SMIF facility is remaining locked 24/7 at this time.   An active Duke card is needed for access to the SMIF facility.  
  • All campus buildings are open as of August 16, and do not require card access.

External Users:

Duke University is requiring all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID.   SMIF is going to require the same vaccination status for our external users as is required for our Duke users, namely, that they be vaccinated or have a religious or medical exemption.   Beginning October 1, you will not be allowed access to SMIF if you have not been vaccinated or have an exemption.

Please submit proof of vaccination (e.g., a photo of your vaccination card) or reason for exemption to mark.walters@duke.edu by October 1.   Your card access to SMIF will be deactivated on October 1 if this information is not received by then.



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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