Celebrating National Nanotechnology Day, October 9

The Center for Functional Nanomaterials—one of the five U.S. Department of Energy Nanoscale Science Research Centers—hosts activities to raise awareness of the science of the ultrasmall size scale where objects span only billionths of a meter

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Every year, in celebration of National Nanotechnology Day (October 9), the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) holds an image contest for CFN staff and users. CFN user Chonghang Zhao of Stony Brook University won first place in the 2020 contest for this image of multilayer thin films on a substrate, produced using a sputter coater in the CFN Nanofabrication Facility.

October 9 marks National Nanotechnology Day. Led by the National Nanotechnology Initiative, National Nanotechnology Day raises awareness of nanotechnology through events and activities planned by schools, labs, and organizations. The date (10/9) pays homage to the nanometer scale of 10-9 meters, or one billionth of a meter.

The Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory is one of five DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers participating in the annual event. For National Nanotechnology Day 2021, the CFN is celebrating by

  • Hosting an image contest for CFN staff and users
  • Sharing a virtual tour of CFN facilities  
  • Creating social media “spotlights” of CFN staff capturing why they study nanoscience

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