Brookhaven Lab Celebrates National Nanotechnology Day on October 9

The Center for Functional Nanomaterials—a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory—will mark "Nano Day" with activities to raise awareness of the science and impact of the ultrasmall, where objects span only billionths of a meter

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In celebration of National Nanotechnology Day (October 9), the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) will hold an image contest for CFN staff and users. This first-place image from the 2021 contest, "Nano-galaxies where small meets big," was submitted to the Scientific and Technical category by CFN staff member Honghu Zhang. See below for the runner-up in that category as well as the two winning images from the "Life at the CFN" category.

October 9 is National Nanotechnology Day, an annual event led by the National Nanotechnology Initiative. National Nanotechnology Day was conceived to raise awareness of nanotechnology through events and activities held by schools, labs, and organizations. The date (10/9) is a nod to the nanometer scale: 10-9 meters, or one billionth of a meter.

The Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory is one of five DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers that are participating. This year, 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
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Second Place Winner: Scientific and Technical - "Nanoindentation Sunset" by Aaron Michelson, Columbia University

Contest photos

Left: First Place Winner: My Life at the CFN - "Taking a science adventure at CFN" by Feiyue Teng, CFN Staff, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Right: Second Place Winner: My Life at the CFN - "Exploring new methods: Testing and inspecting the XUHV MS stage setup while conditioning." by Percy Zahl, CFN Staff, Brookhaven National Laboratory

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