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2023 Nanotechnology Infrastructure of the Future

Sep 27, 2023

NUANCE Director Vinayak invited to attend as an expert in the field!

TERA-Print visits NUANCE

Sep 21, 2023

TERA-Print shares their printing capabilities with a presentation and live demo!

NUANCE staff attend IMC 20 in Busan, South Korea

Sep 20, 2023

NUANCE's technical staff Dr.'s Xiaobing Hu, Kunmo Koo, and Roberto dos Reis, attend IMC 20!

2023 Chemistry of Life Core Crawl!

Sep 18, 2023

NUANCE's BioCryo Facility represents!

IIN Muenster Symposium Tour

Sep 8, 2023

Participants in the 2nd Northwestern/Muenster Symposium take a look around NUANCE

Summer 2023 REU's attend convocation!

Sep 6, 2023

SHyNE’s 5 REU students presented their work during the 2023 Convocation, hosted by Montana State University.

A virtual visit to Chicago's Boys and Girls Club!

Aug 24, 2023

NUANCE’s SEM Assistant Manager, Krysten Villalon, virtually visited Chicago’s Boys & Girls Club for Science and Society’s Talk to a Scientist event

New article published in Nature Communications!

Aug 7, 2023

The remarkable findings have been selected as Editor’s Highlights!

RET/REU Farewell Party!

Aug 2, 2023

We bid a fond farewell to our 2023 RET and REU participants!

SHyNE Welcomes 2023 REU's & RET's

Jun 24, 2023

On June 20, 2023, SHyNE and the NUANCE Center were excited to welcome the 2023 Summer REU and RET participants to the program.

NUANCE and Gatan AMETEK host Virtual Workshop

Jun 12, 2023

NUANCE EPIC TEM team co-host virtual workshop with Gatan AMETEK on scanning diffraction and EELS!

NNCI Understanding the Rules of Life Webinar Series

May 24, 2023

The University of Minnesota and SHyNE Resource, as part of the NNCI’s Rules of Life Webinar Series, held a virtual event on May 24, 2023.

2-Day XPS Workshop

May 18, 2023

NUANCE and Thermo Fisher host 2-Day XPS Workshop!

VPD Research Group & NUANCE participate in MSSA's 5K!

May 15, 2023

VPD Research Group and NUANCE Center participate in the annual MSSA 5K

Tirzah Abbott Takes Part in Chicago's C2E2!

May 9, 2023

Tirzah Abbott, SEM Facility Manager, asked to speak at C2E2's "Weird Science" panel!

NUANCE Hosts Midwest Microscopy and Microanalysis Spring Meeting!

Mar 30, 2023

NUANCE hosts M3S in a new location!

New in NUANCE!

Mar 28, 2023

The NUANCE Center is excited to announce 2 new instruments to our BioCryo facility!

NNCI RET's attend NSTA-Atlanta

Mar 28, 2023

NNCI Collaborative RET Teachers hold workshop at NSTA-Atlanta 2023

CPS's 'NU Academy' Tours NUANCE

Mar 27, 2023

Chicago Public High School Students Tour NUANCE!

NUANCE helps bring the nano-world to Goudy Elementary's STEM night!

Mar 14, 2023

NUANCE helps bring the nano-world to Goudy Elementary's STEM night!

3rd Annual Women in Microscopy Conference!

Mar 13, 2023

NUANCE and MSE Student Council Host 3rd Annual Women in Microscopy Conference!

2023 Career Day for Girls!

Feb 28, 2023

Another year participating in Career Day for Girls!

Chemistry and Biological Engineering Students Visit NUANCE

Feb 24, 2023

Prospective Students of the ChBE Department Take a Tour!

NUANCE Centers Holds Annual Meeting

Feb 20, 2023

NUANCE Center Facilities meet to discuss progress of 2022 and plans for 2023!

NUANCE visits with Columbia College Photographers

Feb 15, 2023

The NUANCE Center team discussed the process of imaging using electron microscopes with Columbia College's Photography class.

7th Annual SHyNE Resource Meeting!

Jan 24, 2023

SHyNE Resource stakeholders and advisors meet IN-PERSON for the first time since 2019!

Chitech Academy Tours NUANCE!

Dec 15, 2022

Chicago's Chitech Academy students get some hands-on experience in the labs!

NUANCE Hosts Machine Learning Seminar

Nov 10, 2022

Joshua C. Agar, PhD Visits from Drexel University

NUANCE Fest 2022!

Oct 12, 2022

Our Annual National Nano Day Celebration was a blast!

Freshmen Nanotechnology Seminar Tours NUANCE

Oct 3, 2022

Chemistry Students Tour NUANCE

NUANCE Collaborates with Science in Society!

Aug 30, 2022

NUANCE hosts "Ask a Scientist" event with the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago!

NU Receives $10.35 million grant from DOE!

Aug 26, 2022

NUANCE Director Vinayak Dravid part of research team that focuses on hydrogen-based energy technologies!

REU Summer Student Wins at NNCI Summit!

Aug 22, 2022

Summer REU Student Stephanie Wang wins best poster at NNCI Summit


Aug 22, 2022

NUANCE Staff and Students traveled to Portland, OR to attend 2022 Microscopy & Microanalysis Conference!

RET's Return!

Aug 2, 2022

NUANCE and SHyNE host Research Experience for Teachers (RET) for the second year in a row!

Special Topics in SEM and Microanalysis Workshop

Jul 13, 2022

NUANCE hosts SEM Workshop and live demo sessions with Hitachi High-Tech and Oxford Instruments!

Strengthening Bonds with Taiwan!

Jun 7, 2022

Representatives from National Taiwan University and Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Chicago Tour NUANCE!

Guest Lecturers from Max Planck Institute Visit Northwestern!

May 31, 2022

NUANCE Center hosts Professor's Dr. Klaudia Felser and Dr. Stuart Parkin for an engaging lecture!

MSSA 5K Run & Walk!

May 17, 2022

NUANCE staff and VPD Group students participate in the Annual MSSA 5K Run/Walk!

Alumni Board of Regents Tours NUANCE!

May 11, 2022

NUANCE Director Vinayak P. Dravid offers tour to Alumni Board

NUANCE Hosts 2022 iNano Spring Meeting!

May 3, 2022

"Convergence of Synthetic Biology with Data Science: Promises, Prospects and Perils!"

Minister Luhut of Indonesia Tours NUANCE

Apr 25, 2022

Indonesian Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment visits NUANCE Center

SHyNE RET attends NSTA-Houston

Apr 11, 2022

SHyNE Resource, as part of the NNCI Collaborative RET program, attended the 2022 National Science Teachers Association meeting in Houston, TX.

NUANCE Research Helps Fight Climate Change!

Apr 5, 2022

NUANCE Director and EPIC TEM Facility Manager publish research!

2nd Annual Women in Microscopy Conference

Apr 4, 2022

NUANCE Center & Microscopy Society of America Student Council host 2nd Annual Women in Microscopy Conference on International Women's Day!

NUANCE and M3S Host Midwest Microscopy and Microanalysis Spring Meeting!

Apr 4, 2022

Presenters and Attendees from the Midwest region attend M3S Spring Meeting!

Career Day for Girls!

Mar 31, 2022

NUANCE Center Participates in Northwestern's 2022 Career Day for Girls!

NUANCE and VPD Group Represented in the Middle East

Mar 14, 2022

Professor Dravid presents research at the 13th Annual International Workshop on Advanced Materials in the UAE

Prospective Students Tour NUANCE

Mar 14, 2022

Prospective Graduate students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering take a tour

NUANCE hosts Electron Microscopy Diffraction Workshop

Dec 10, 2021

A workshop on data collection and analysis at multiple length scales with presenters from NUANCE, GATAN, and OXFORD Instruments!

Northwestern Hosts 2021 NNCI Conference!

Nov 18, 2021

NUANCE and SHyNE Resource host 6th Annual NNCI Conference!

Field Museum Researchers Tour NUANCE

Oct 29, 2021

A team of researchers from Chicago's Field Museum Tour NUANCE

EBL at NUANCE's NUFAB Facility!

Oct 22, 2021

A new state of the art Electron Beam Lithography system has found a home at NUANCE!

Student Tours are Back!

Oct 15, 2021

"What's so special about Nanomaterials?" Tour

NUANCE Fest 2021!

Oct 14, 2021

NUANCE Center celebrates in-person (mostly)!

NUANCE Team fights COVID-19!

Oct 4, 2021

A team of NUANCE researchers have developed a rapid COVID antigen test that can have results in under 3 minutes!

NUANCE Hosts Material Science Engineer, PhD Student Tour!

Sep 13, 2021

NUANCE Hosts our first in-person student tour since March 2020!

From Tiny Teeth to 3D Printing!

Jun 7, 2021

EPIC Facility Manager Paul Smeets, PhD, was part of team of researchers that have, for the first time, discovered a rare mineral hidden inside the teeth of a chiton!

More PEARL's Please!

Jun 3, 2021

NUANCE Team develop technique to pull phosphates out of the water!

Eric W. Roth, NUANCE’s BioCryo EM Specialist, Co-Authors Publication in Nature Communications

Apr 30, 2021

Exciting research and cool images published in Nature Communications!

NUANCE Hosts Virtual Tour for Prospective Students

Apr 7, 2021

Prospective Material Science and Engineering Students participate in tour of NUANCE Facilities over Zoom!

Eric W. Roth, BioCryo EM Specialist, Co-Authors Fertility Research!

Apr 5, 2021

NUANCE's Eric W. Roth, Co-Authors Break-through Fertility Preservation Research Publication!

NUANCE Celebrates International Women's Day with Conference!!

Mar 23, 2021

The NUANCE Center and MSA Student Council team up to celebrate Women in Microscopy in a Virtual Conference!

NUFAB hosts TCAD Software Workshop

Mar 15, 2021

NUANCE and NUFAB Present Workshop Exploring Silvaco TCAD Software

SHyNE Annual Meeting

Feb 1, 2021

SHyNE member facilities held their annual meeting virtually this year!

NSF Renew's NUANCE & SHyNE Facility Grant

Jan 5, 2021

NUANCE and SHyNE Facilities have been renewed for another 5 years for their part in the NNCI!

NUANCE Hosts Joint Webinar with GATAN

Dec 16, 2020

NUANCE Center and GATAN Inc host Virtual Workshop on 4D STEM: Theory, Acquisition, and Analysis

October Tech Talk was NUFAB-ulous!

Oct 22, 2020

NUFAB present October's Tech Talk!

NUANCE Fest 2020 Goes Virtual!

Oct 13, 2020

Celebrating all things NUANCE on National Nano Day!

First Tech Talk of the School Year!

Sep 18, 2020

Dr. Xinqi Chen Presented the First Tech Talk of the 2020-21 Academic Year

NUFAB Hosts Bruker Webinar

Aug 14, 2020

NUFAB Facility hosted Bruker Senior Applications Engineer John Thornton, for a special Webinar event!

NUANCE Manager Paul Smeets, Published in Nature!

Jul 2, 2020

NUANCE FIB/TEM Facility Manager Paul Smeets, PhD, and collaborators published in Nature!

First Live Streamed Tech Talk!

Jun 29, 2020

Eric Roth and Charlene Wilke of NUANCE Bio Cryo facility host our very first live-streamed Tech Talk over Zoom!

Users Return to NUANCE Labs!

Jun 23, 2020

Users slowly return to NUANCE labs with new COVID-19 safety protocols in place

OHM Smart Sponge makes a Big Splash!

May 29, 2020

NUANCE Research Team is in the News! Read about the team's exciting research featured in the Industrial Engineering and Chemical Research journal

Earth Day 2020

Apr 22, 2020

NUANCE celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!

The 2020 Microscopy & Microanalysis Scholar Awards

Apr 9, 2020

Microscopy Society of America awards multiple scholarships to VPD group!

MSE Virtual Prospective Student Tour

Apr 6, 2020

Last Thursday April 2, 2020, PhD students Akshay Murthy and Stephanie Ribet hosted the NUANCE Center's first ever virtual tour!

Hee Joon Jung of VPD Group Co-Authors Paper

Apr 1, 2020

Hee Joon Jung, PhD, Research Assistant, Materials Science & Engineering & NUANCE Center Co-Authors paper for the online Journal Science

Professor Vinayak P. Dravid's Research Featured on the Department of Energy's Office of Science Website

Mar 11, 2020

An article about research co-authored by Professor Dravid is featured on the DOE's Office of Science website.

Dr. Gajendra Shekhawat co-authors an article in Science Advances Magazine's February Issue

Feb 28, 2020

Dr. Gajendra Shekhawat co-authors research article in Science Advances Magazine's February issue

Eric Roth, BioCryo EM Specialist Gives Presentation

Feb 24, 2020

Eric Roth, BioCryo EM Specialist, presents to prospective PhD students at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Dr. Xinqi Chen Delivers Tech Talk

Feb 18, 2020

Dr. Xinqi Chen presents for NUANCE Tech Talk series

AbbVie Tours NUANCE Facilities

Feb 18, 2020

Bio-Pharmaceutical company AbbVie Inc. tours NUANCE facilities February 12, 2020

NUANCE hosts Protochips Workshop and Demo

Jan 29, 2020

January 28, 2020 the Protochips team presented research related to the development of greener and more efficient energy sources.

NUANCE Awarded 2019 Core Facilities Award

Jan 27, 2020

NUANCE welcomed Phillip Hockberger, Andy Ott, and Aaron Rosen from the Office of Research on January 24, 2020

mHUB tours NUANCE Facilities

Jan 23, 2020

mHUB CEO and co-founder Haven Allen along with members of the mHUB team toured NUANCE facilities

First Tech Talk of 2020!

Jan 14, 2020

BioCryo presents first Tech Talk of 2020!

NAISE Fellows Tour NUANCE Facilities

Jan 6, 2020

Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering Fellows visit NUANCE

SHyNE represents NNCI at MRS Conference

Dec 11, 2019

2019 MRS Conference in Boston

Direct Electron Visits NUANCE

Dec 9, 2019

Bob Monteverde, Director of Business Development and Marketing for Direct Electron, visits NUANCE Center

K2 Camera on the ARM 200CF

Dec 6, 2019

NUANCE obtains a Gatan K2 electron counting direct detection camera

A Special Visit from Representatives of Hitachi-High Technologies and JOEL Ltd.

Dec 3, 2019

On November 21, 2019, NUANCE welcomed visitors Hitachi Japan and JEOL

NUANCE Hosts Bruker Seminar

Nov 25, 2019

On November 19, 2019, Dr. Sergey Shilov and Chris Kelly from Bruker Scientific offered a workshop and demo!

SHyNE Facilities Tour for IIN Symposium Attendees

Nov 21, 2019

SHyNE partners with the International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) to offer a tour of SHyNE facilities

Dr. Paul Smeets Gives the First Tech Talk of New Season

Nov 14, 2019

It was a great turn out for the NUANCE Center's first Tech Talk of the 2019-2020 academic year! 

China Consul General Zhao Jian Tours NUANCE

Nov 13, 2019

On November 5th, NUANCE was honored to give a tour to the new Consul-General of China, Consul General Zhao Jian.

BioCryo's New Tool!

Oct 30, 2019

BioCryo announce the acquisition of new diamond knife for ultramicrotomy of soft samples

NUANCE hosts Raith Workshop

Oct 15, 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019, NUANCE Center hosted a presentation by Raith Nanofabrication

Hands-on Demo of Leica ARTOS for BioCryo

Oct 11, 2019

Leica gave a demo of their new ARTOS 3D product to BioCryo.

2019 NUANCE Fest- Fun for Everyone!

Oct 11, 2019

NUANCE introduced their new space to students at NUANCE Fest on October 9, 2019!

LA-960 Laser Particle Size Analyzer Workshop

Sep 24, 2019

David Sunday of Daystar Scientific offered an afternoon workshop and demo on the Horiba LA-960

NUANCE Director Co-Authored Exciting Research Paper

Sep 16, 2019

NUANCE Director Vinayak P. Dravid Co-Authored an exciting paper detailing the development of a new method for making highly desirable catalysts.

Exciting News for NUFAB

Sep 5, 2019

Exciting upgrades for NUANCE's Nano-Fabrication Facilities

NUANCE Visits Argonne National Laboratory

Sep 3, 2019

NUANCE and VPD group team visits Argonne National Labs

William Mohr, John Ciraldo Present Tech Talk

Aug 28, 2019

NUFAB's Will Mohr and John Ciraldo Present August Tech Talk

Microscopy and Microanalysis

Aug 26, 2019

NUANCE Staff and Professor Dravid attend 2019 M&M Conference in Portland, Oregon

NUFAB users get hands-on ellipsometry practice

Aug 23, 2019

NUFAB hosted a day-long workshop on ellipsometry techniques on Friday, August 23.

Summer REU program ends with convocations at Northwestern, Cornell

Aug 16, 2019

The Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates wrapped up this week with two convocations.

How do you move an electron microscope?

Aug 2, 2019

On July 22 we began a new phase of our gradual move into our new home in the Technological Institute. The first instrument to be rehomed was the Hitachi S4800, which previously resided in our EPIC facility in Cook Hall.

Nanocomposite Materials Engineering and Applications

Jul 31, 2019

Dr. Anil Mane from Argonne National Laboratory gives a talk at NUANCE

Tirzah Abbott awarded as Outstanding NNCI staff member

Jul 25, 2019

Congratulations to Tirzah Abbott and Peter Duda for winning this year's "Outstanding NNCI Staff Member Award"!

NanoMEGAS sales director visits NUANCE

Jul 23, 2019

Robert Stroud, Director of Sales for NanoMEGAS American operations presents to NUANCE users.

Eric Roth Hosts July 17th Tech Talk

Jul 22, 2019

Eric Roth gave July's Tech Talk on materials ultramicrotomy and imaging

NUANCE Takes Part in CLP Core Crawl

Jul 15, 2019

NUANCE Center takes part in the 2019 CLP Core Crawl

Incoming freshmen visit NUANCE’s EPIC lab

Jul 9, 2019

A group of incoming freshman came to campus a few weeks early and visited NUANCE’s EPIC lab as part of the university’s EXCEL program.

NUANCE Demos SEM for Summer Technology & Engineering middle school group

Jun 20, 2019

NUANCE wows STEP 6–9th grade girls with our SEM capabilities!

Dr. Xiaobing Hu Gives June Tech Talk

Jun 19, 2019

Dr. Hu discusses TEM sample preparation for this months tech talk

New Research Using EPIC, NUFAB Published in Nano Letters

Jun 14, 2019

Stimuli-Responsive DNA-Linked Nanoparticle Arrays as Programmable Surfaces

Cathodoluminescence for the Study of Semiconductor Structure and Defects

Jun 13, 2019

Steve M. Barnett, Ph.D. visits Northwestern to discuss Cathodoluminescence

NUANCE hosts tour of new facilities for JEOL Japan Director

Jun 6, 2019

NUANCE Director Vinayak P. Dravid led a tour of the center's new space to visitors from JEOL Japan.

Dr. Ben Myers and Tirzah Abbott Host May 15th Tech Talk

May 21, 2019

Dr. Ben Myers and Tirzah Abbott, host May Tech Talk

New Research Published in Microscopy and Microanalysis

May 16, 2019

"Ion Beam Induced Artifacts in Lead-Based Chalogenides"

NU-KAIST Joint Workshop

May 15, 2019

KAIST Faculty tour NUANCE as part of the NU-KAIST Joint Workshop.

New Research Published in ACS Nano

May 14, 2019

Professor Vinayak P. Dravid co-authored a new publication in ACS Nano.

NUANCE welcomes new staff members

May 13, 2019

NUANCE has welcomed two new staff members over the past month.

NUANCE Center Director Awarded MAS Fellow

May 13, 2019

Professor Vinayak P. Dravid, NUANCE Center Director, selected for MAS Inaugural Class of Fellows

NUANCE staff, students participate in MSSA 5K

May 11, 2019

NUANCE Director Vinayak Dravid, his research group, and several NUANCE staff members participated in the Materials Science Student Association’s (MSSA) 5K race over the weekend.

NUANCE hosts visitors from Regis Technologies

May 10, 2019

Two guests from Regis Technologies, a pharmaceutical and biotechnology company based in Morton Grove, visited NUANCE on Thursday.

TFMI Tour NUANCE Facilities

May 10, 2019

Seventeen participants from the Transformational Food Manufacturing Workshop toured the NUANCE Center facilities.

iNANO Spring 2019 "QUANTUM" Workshop

May 8, 2019

University of Chicago hosts Spring iNANO "QUANTUM" Workshop

Dr. Xinqi Chen attends spring MRS meeting

Apr 30, 2019

Dr. Xinqi Chen, NUANCE's Keck-II facility manager, attended the Materials Research Society's spring meeting, which was held in Phoenix April 22-25.

IIT grad students visit NUANCE

Apr 24, 2019

NUANCE welcomed a group of master's and PhD students from the Illinois Institute for Technology last week.

Dr. Nasir Basit and Dr. Serkan Butun Host April's Tech Talk

Apr 22, 2019

Dr. Nasir Basit and Dr. Serkan Butun present their talk Lithography at NUFAB for Beginners and the Experienced.

NUANCE Engages with Educators at NSTA Meeting

Apr 22, 2019

SHyNE and NUANCE attend 2019 Annual National Teachers Association Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri

New Research Published in Nature Communications

Apr 18, 2019

Professor Vinayak P. Dravid and Professor Jinsong Wu co-authored a new publication in Nature Communications.

NUANCE participates in IIN’s All Scout Nano Day

Apr 9, 2019

NUANCE was thrilled to participate in the International Institute for Nanotechnology’s All Scout Nano Day on April 6.

2019 iNANO Spring Workshop - QUANTUM

Apr 5, 2019

Save the date! May 2, 2019 will be the iNANO Spring Workshop!

New Research Using SPID, EPIC, NUFAB Published in JACS

Apr 3, 2019

Dr. Gajendra Shekhawat co-authored a new publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Midwest Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (M3S) hold their Spring Meeting

Apr 2, 2019

The Midwest Microscopy and Microanalyis Society held their annual Spring Meeting at Northwestern University on March 28, 2019.

NUANCE welcomes new administrative staff

Apr 1, 2019

NUANCE has welcomed two new members to its administrative team.

Keck-II gets new spectrometer

Apr 1, 2019

Keck-II got a new spectrometer thanks to funding from the Office of Research.

BioCryo holds mPrep ASP-1000 Workshop with Microscopy Innovations

Mar 29, 2019

On March 27, 2019 the BioCryo facility held a lunch, lecture and demo of Microscopy Innovations mPrep ASP-100 Auto Specimen Processor.

BioCryo Biological TEM Workshop with Microscopy Innovations

Mar 22, 2019

The BioCryo facility will be hosting a lunch and learn workshop with a demonstration of the ASP-1000 Auto Specimen Processor

Dr. Reiner Bleher hosts March's Tech Talk

Mar 21, 2019

Dr. Reiner Bleher hosted March's Tech Talk on Electron Microscopy of Biological and Soft Matter Samples!

Dr. Xinqi Chen speaks to IIT grad students

Mar 20, 2019

NUANCE’s Dr. Xinqi Chen, the Keck-II facility manager, gave a talk at the Illinois Institute of Technology earlier this month.

Prospective students visit NUANCE facilities

Mar 19, 2019

Several tour groups of prospective students have visited NUANCE’s facilities this month.

MMMS Spring Meeting

Mar 13, 2019

NUANCE is hosting the Midwest Microscopy and Microanalysis Society's spring meeting on March 28th.

New research using SPID, EPIC facilities published in ACS Nano

Mar 11, 2019

SPID facility manager Gajendra Shekhawat co-authored a new publication in ACS Nano.

Prof. Dravid presents at 2019 ChemPhysMat conference

Mar 11, 2019

Prof. Vinayak Dravid was invited to present at the 2019 ChemPhysMat conference in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 20-22, 2019.

NUANCE celebrates #WomenInNano

Mar 8, 2019

NUANCE is honoring Women in History Month by recognizing female students who are sure to make a big impact on the field of studying tiny things!

New Publication in Science

Mar 1, 2019

NUANCE's Professor Vinayak P. Dravid, was co-author on a study on understanding and predicting polyelemental, multiphasic nanoparticles which was published in Science's March 1 issue.

Qing Tu, PhD hosts February Tech Talk

Feb 22, 2019

Qing Tu, Postdoctoral Fellow, hosted the February Tech Talk!

NUANCE Sponsors MSUS Poster Competition

Feb 15, 2019

NUANCE was excited to be one of the sponsors for the inaugural Materials Science Umbrella Society (MSUS) Poster Competition!

NUANCE, SHyNE images featured in library exhibit

Feb 12, 2019

Images generated from NUANCE and SHyNE facilities are featured in a new exhibit about materials science at the Harold Washington Library.

SPID facility receives new biosoft indenter

Feb 5, 2019

The SPID facility is home to a new Hysitron Biosoft Indenter.

Dr. Xinqi Chen hosts January Tech Talk

Jan 16, 2019

Dr. Xinqi Chen, Research Associate Professor, hosted a packed January Tech Talk!

Roberto dos Reis hosts November Tech Talk

Nov 29, 2018

Roberto dos Reis, Scientific Officer, hosted NUANCE's November Tech Talk.

Leica CryoClem Workshop

Nov 29, 2018

On November 27, 2018, NUANCE hosted a Leica CryoClem workshop with Nancy W. Rizzo and Louise Bertrand.

Gatan K2-IS & K3-IS Direct Detector Acquisition

Nov 26, 2018

Faculty stakeholders met with Gatan on October 26, 2018 in the acquisition of the KS-IS and the K3-IS direct detectors.

SHyNE Annual Meeting takes place November 14, 2018

Nov 20, 2018

On November 14, 2018, SHyNE Resource met for their annual meeting.

NUANCE Hosts Hands-On TEM Short Course

Nov 20, 2018

On November 5-7, 2018 NUANCE was proud to host an Advanced TEM Short Course with Dr. Nigel Browning and Dr. Layla Mehdi.

Leica CryoCLEM Worshop

Oct 30, 2018

Register now for the Leica CryoCLEM workshop on November 21, 2018!

Advanced TEM Short Course

Oct 29, 2018

Register now for the TEM Short Course with Dr. Nigel Browning and Dr, Layla Mehdi November 5-7, 2018!

Karl Hagglund hosts October Tech Talk

Oct 18, 2018

Karl Hagglund, SEM Microscopist, hosted this month's Tech Talk.

2018 NUANCE Fest

Oct 15, 2018

NUANCE celebrated another successful NUANCE Fest on October 9, 2018!

Tirzah Abbott hosts September Tech Talk

Sep 20, 2018

NUANCE's monthly Tech Talk series returned in September with a talk from SEM imaging specialist Tirzah Abbott.

NUANCE Tech Talk with Tirzah Abbott: 9-19-18

Sep 6, 2018

Talk Topic: SEM Match Maker: Selecting the right SEM for imaging your samples

NUANCE Tech Talks begin September 19, 2018!

Sep 6, 2018

Join us for monthly user meetings with our tech staff!

KECK Facility Receives New Microscope

Aug 29, 2018

The NUANCE Center facility receives a new instrument with impressive technological features and a wide array of applications.

2018 REU Program Comes To A Close

Aug 16, 2018

The NUANCE Center wishes good luck and success to all the students who participated in the summer program

NUANCE Center Technical Staff Members Go To Baltimore For M&M Conference

Aug 15, 2018

Technical staff members travel to Maryland for a conference on microscopy and microanalysis.

NUANCE Center Welcomes Visitors from Thailand

Aug 9, 2018

Students and professors from Thailand visit Northwestern for a tour of the NUANCE facilities

Ben Myers Receives NNCI Award

Aug 1, 2018

Director of Operations for the SHyNE Resource receives award for education and outreach

NUANCE Center Welcomes Students from Kennedy King College

Jul 25, 2018

Students visit Northwestern to see some of its facilities in Cook Hall

Professor Jiwoong Park Visits NUANCE Center

Jul 23, 2018

Acclaimed professor comes to Northwestern for a discussion on atomically thin circuits.

Upward Bound Students Come to NUANCE

Jul 2, 2018

NUANCE welcomed students from the program for a tour of its facilities.

Female Science Campers Visit NUANCE J-wing

Jun 21, 2018

NUANCE was visited Thursday by a group of budding female scientists who are participating in a science camp on campus.

NUANCE Director Professor Dravid visits JEOL, Japan

Jun 13, 2018

Professor Vinayak Dravid recently visited the factory of microscope manufacturer JEOL in Japan.

2018 image contest now open

Jun 11, 2018

NUANCE is now accepting entries for the annual "Art of Science" image contest.

NUANCE’s Chad Goeser wins Employee of the Year

Jun 4, 2018

NUANCE’s business administrator, Chad Goeser, was named Northwestern University’s 2018 Employee of the Year on Wednesday.

SHyNE Resources Hosts Spring 2018 iNANO Workshop

May 25, 2018

Distinguished speakers come together to discuss new tools and areas of research related to sensing.

NUANCE Featured on Discovery Channel Program

May 4, 2018

NUANCE was featured on a program that illustrates the intersection of art and science.

NUANCE Participates In Take Your Children To Work Day

Apr 30, 2018

NUANCE joins the Northwestern community in partaking in the popular event.

Homewood Flossmoor Students Come to NUANCE

Apr 16, 2018

High school students were given an opportunity to see electron microscopy in action

Lenart Elementary Students Visit NUANCE

Apr 12, 2018

Grade school students come to Northwestern for a unique learning opportunity

High Speed/Low Dose Analytical Electron Microscopy with Dynamic Sampling

Apr 11, 2018

A new and extraordinarily advanced microscopy technique discovery by researchers at NUANCE speeds up the way materials can be imaged at very small length scales. The breakthrough benefits microscopists and investigators who heavily rely on imaging.

NUANCE staff attend USA Science and Engineering Festival

Apr 9, 2018

Amy Morgan and Joyce Park went to Washington D.C. to volunteer at the NNCI (National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure) booth at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, which was held April 6-8.

M3S Spring Meeting Held At Northwestern

Apr 2, 2018

Members of NUANCE join with regional scientists to discuss current topics in microscopy.

OMEC Minimizes Distortion in Resolving Polycrystalline Structures

Mar 26, 2018

NUANCE has assisted material science researchers in finding a less costly way to study the orientation of grain structures without distortion.

Dr. Yoshio Bando Comes To NUANCE

Mar 19, 2018

Acclaimed scientist and professor comes to NUANCE for a guest lecture.

NUANCE Invites Prospective Applied Physics Students To Campus

Mar 16, 2018

Prospective students given tour of the facilities of NUANCE.

Ilke Arslan Visits NUANCE

Mar 15, 2018

NUANCE hosts acclaimed scientist on campus.

Mechanical Engineering Students Visit NUANCE

Mar 14, 2018

NUANCE hosts prospective students on tour of facilities.

Students From Kaplan Institute Visit NUANCE

Mar 13, 2018

Students studying art and the humanities visited NUANCE to see how the center's work could be applied artistically.

University of Tokyo Students Visit NUANCE

Mar 2, 2018

Staff members at NUANCE were delighted to give students from Japan a tour of the center's facilities and instruments.

Professor Chris Ober visits NUANCE

Feb 24, 2018

NUANCE and SHyNE Resource hosted Professor Chris Ober from Cornell University on Friday, February 23.

Karl Hagglund visits Oxford Instruments

Feb 21, 2018

SEM Manager Karl Hagglund visited Oxford Instruments in Concord, Massachusetts, for Electron Backscattered Diffraction training.

NUANCE Enables Work on Superlattices

Feb 20, 2018

NUANCE electron beam lithography patterns for optically active structures

MMMS Spring Meeting

Feb 15, 2018

NUANCE is hosting the Midwest Microscopy and Microanalysis Society's spring meeting on March 30th.

New NUANCE staff research explores role of c-Abl Kinase protein in pulmonary cell function

Feb 5, 2018

NUANCE researchers Xinqi Chen and Gajendra S. Shekhawat publish findings on heart cell function in Scientific Reports.

Nasir Basit hosts NUANCE monthly coffee hour

Feb 1, 2018

NUFAB Facility Manager Nasir Basit hosted NUANCE's monthly coffee hour on Jan. 31.

Heidelberg Instruments visits NUANCE

Jan 25, 2018

Heidelberg Instruments hosted a lunch workshop about its MLA150 maskless aligner.

Heidelberg MLA150 Seminar

Jan 15, 2018

NUFAB is adding a Heidelberg MLA150 maskless aligner. Reps will introduce its advanced capabilities.

Zeiss Amplified Materials Imaging Workshop

Jan 7, 2018

NUANCE SEM manager, Karl Hagglund, invited Zeiss applications engineers to talk about the latest developments in FIB, LSM and XRM. Join us January 25th in Chambers Hall.

NUANCE scientists' modified technique published in ACS Nano

Sep 21, 2017

NUANCE scientists developed a modified chemical vapor deposition technique to realize the direct encapsulation of few-layer MoS2 shell on Au nanoparticles.

Happy Holidays from NUANCE Center

Dec 18, 2017

Happy Holidays from the NUANCE Center.

Charlene Wilke Hosts NUANCE’s Monthly Coffee Hour

Dec 13, 2017

The NUANCE Center’s December Coffee Hour was hosted by BioCryo Electron Microscopy Imaging Specialist, Charlene Wilke, on December 13th.

NUANCE Special Lecture Featuring Professors Nigel Browning and Layla Mehdi

Dec 8, 2017

The NUANCE Center and Professor Vinayak Dravid were pleased to host Prof. Nigel Browning and Dr. Layla Mehdi for a special lecture for graduate students using nanotechnology research on Friday, December 8th.

The NUANCE Center Welcomes Poya Yasaeri

Nov 27, 2017

NUANCE is proud to announce the newest Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Poya Yasaei.

New Imaging Technique Peers Inside Living Cells

Nov 16, 2017

Called Ultrasound Bioprobe, the non-invasive approach allows researchers to view sub-cellular structures and their mechanical behavior at nanoscale resolution.

Tirzah Abbott Hosts NUANCE’s First Coffee Hour of Academic Quarter

Nov 8, 2017

The NUANCE Center’s first Coffee Hour of the 2017-18 Academic year was hosted by Senior Electron Microscopy and Imaging Specialist, Tirzah Abbott on November 8th.

BP Visits NUANCE Center

Nov 6, 2017

On November 6th, a group from BP’s Naperville Branch visited Northwestern’s NUANCE Facilities.

NUANCE staff at 64th AVS International Symposium

Oct 29, 2017

Professor Chen attended the 64th AVS International Symposium and Exhibition at Tampa Florida from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3.

Other M: Innovative Microanalysis

Oct 27, 2017

Presented by Midwest Microscopy and Microanalysis Society, A local affiliate of the Microscopy Society of America and the Microanalysis Society

NUANCE Fest 2017

Oct 10, 2017

NUANCE Fest, NUANCE Center’s annual open house and festival took place on NanoDay, October 9th, and was once again a huge success.

Purdue Group Visits NUANCE Center

Oct 10, 2017

The Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE) was excited to host graduate students from Purdue University ‘s Nanotechnology Student Advisory Council on Tuesday, October 10th.

NUANCE Center’s “Art of Science” Winners

Oct 9, 2017

During this year’s NUANCE Fest, Prof. Vinayak Dravid announced the winners of the 2017 “Art of Science" Image Contest.

Boeing Campus Visit

Oct 6, 2017

On October 5th and 6th, Boeing’s Director of Materials and Fabrication, Tia Benson Tolle, PhD, and Manager of Research and Technology Next Gen Composites, Sam Tucker, PhD, visited Northwestern’s campus.

NUANCE Center Receives Gold Star Award

Sep 29, 2017

This week NUANCE Center received its third Gold Star Award from the Northwestern Office for Research at their 8th Annual Core Facilities Colloquium and Awards Luncheon.

Post - IIN Symposium Group Tours SHyNE Facilities

Sep 29, 2017

The Soft and Hybrid Nanotechnology Experimental Resource (SHyNE) partnered with the International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) to offer tours of the SHyNE facilities and instrumentation.


Sep 18, 2017

This year NUANCE Center will be hosting their annual open house on October 9th 2-5pm. There will be tours, contests, games, and a reception in the Cook Hall First Floor Atrium.

The NUANCE Center Welcomes Charlene Wilke and Shaoning Lu!

Sep 1, 2017

NUANCE is proud to announce its newest staff members! Charlene Wilke-BioCryo Electron Microscopy Imaging Specialist, and Shaoning Lu-NUFAB Research Associate.

Provost Holloway Visits NUANCE

Aug 29, 2017

The NUANCE Center was excited to host Provost Jonathan Holloway for a tour of our world-class research facilities on Monday, August 28th.

Open Position as SPID Postdoctoral Research Associate

Aug 24, 2017

A postdoctoral research associate position is immediately available at Northwestern University's Scanned Probe Imaging and Development (SPID) Facility in the broad area of “Scanning Probe Microscopy and its advanced applications."

"The Art of Science" Image Contest

Aug 21, 2017

NUANCE is now accepting entry images for their "The Art of Science" Image contest.

NUANCE Staff Goes on Retreat

Aug 7, 2017

Staff of the Northwestern University's Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE) went on a retreat to reflect on the current and future status of NUANCE in the broader context of science, engineering, and society as a major nanotechnology facility in Midwest.

NUANCE Staff and VPD researchers publish paper in Experimental Cell Research

Jul 7, 2017

A research paper entitled "The effects of chemical fixation on the cellular nanostructure" has been published in the journal Experimental Cell Research. TEM work for the research was conduted at NUANCE's EPIC facility.

NUANCE Hosts X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Workshop

Jun 12, 2017

Last month, the NUANCE Center hosted an X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) Workshop in collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific, SHyNE Resource and NU-MRSEC.

Jinsong Wu Hosts Final Coffee Hour of the Quarter

Jun 7, 2017

Dr. Jinsong Wu, TEM manager at EPIC, hosted the final Coffee Hour of the academic year on May 19.

New NUANCE Staff Research: Thickness Resonance Acoustic Microscopy for Nanomechanical Sub-Surface Imaging

May 22, 2017

A research paper by Professor Vinayak Dravid and Dr. Gajendra Shekhawat, entitled "Thickness Resonance Acoustic Microscopy for Nanomechanical Sub-Surface Imaging," has been accepted for publication in ACS Nano. Co-authors of the paper are Dr. Oluwaseyi Balogun (Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern) and Arvind K. Srivastava of Systron Donner Inertial.

The NUANCE Center Welcomes Tirzah Abbott

May 17, 2017

NUANCE is proud to announce the newest staff member of the EPIC Facility: Tirzah Abbott. Tirzah began her role as Electron Microscope and Imaging Specialist in April 2017.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2017

May 12, 2017

The NUANCE Center took part in the 2017 university-wide "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" on April 27. About 35 children and their parents learned about the powers of the EPIC facility's microscopes, guided by Dr. Jinsong Wu and graduate students Akshay Murthy and Jeff Cain.

Dr. Yuan Li attends Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting

May 2, 2017

Yuan Li, postdoctoral fellow at KECK-II, attended the 2017 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting in Phoenix Arizona. He presented research he recently published with Prof. Vinayak Dravid and Dr. Xinqi Chen, on Au@MoS2 photodetection.

John Ciraldo Hosts April Coffee Hour

Apr 21, 2017

On Wednesday, April 19, NUANCE held its monthly Coffee Hour in Cook Hall. This month's host was John Ciraldo, Research Associate at NUFAB.

Research highlight: "Low-Temperature Atomic Layer Deposition of MoS2 Films" conducted at EPIC, SPID, and KECK-II

Apr 14, 2017

A new paper by a Northwestern-based team of researchers was published recently in Angewandte Chemie, following innovative ALD research at NUANCE's EPIC, SPID, and KECK-II facilities. The article introduces a new method for creating MoS2 thin films at record low temperatures, facilitating photolithographic and lift-off patterning.

NUANCE Facilities participate in Feinberg Research Day

Apr 11, 2017

April 6 was the Feinberg School of Medicine’s 13th annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day. As a core facility frequently used by Feinberg students and researchers, NUANCE was naturally present, represented by Dr. Chiara Musumeci (SPID), Dr. Reiner Bleher (EPIC) and Dr. Serkan Butun (NUFAB).

Attolight CEO Samuel Sonderegger delivers guest lecture

Apr 7, 2017

On Thursday, March 30, NUANCE hosted a talk by Attolight AG co-founder and CEO Samuel Sonderegger:“Cathodoluminescence in the STEM: A Nanometer-scale Counterpart of Photoluminescence.” Dr. Sonderegger discussed the challenges involved in imple,enting cathodoluminescnce in STEMs, and talked about the cathodoluminescence technology which he developed during his PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) and realized through his company, Attolight.

Keck-II facilitates key new insights into ancient meteorite flux published in Nature Astronomy

Apr 3, 2017

A new study in Nature Astronomy, observing 466-million-years-old meteorites using Keck-II technology, reveals that dramatic events in the asteroid belt continuously and drastically change the composition of meteorite showers over the course of large geological time spans.

NUANCE warmly welcomes Dr. Yaobin Xu

Mar 27, 2017

NUANCE welcomes the newest member of the EPIC team, postdoctoral fellow Dr. Yaobin Xu. Yaobin is a TEM specialist who obtained his PhD in Materials Physics and Chemistry from the Shenyang Laboratory for Materials Science (Chinese Academy of Sciences).

Reiner Bleher hosts March Coffee Hour

Mar 22, 2017

On Wednesday, March 15, NUANCE held its monthly Coffee Hour in Cook Hall. This month's host was Dr Reiner Bleher, BioCryo Facility Manager at EPIC.

NUANCE warmly welcomes Dr. Neena Gilda!

Mar 17, 2017

NUANCE is proud to announce the newest member of the SPID team, postdoctoral fellow Dr. Neena Gilda. Dr. Gilda obtained her PhD in Microelectronics from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay.

NUANCE Staff Publish Article in Nanoscale

Mar 17, 2017

Vinayak Dravid and Gajendra Shekhawat have published a new article, entitled “Contrast mechanisms on nanoscale subsurface imaging in ultrasonic AFM: scattering of ultrasonic waves and contact stiffness of the tip–sample,” in the journal Nanoscale. The research was in collaboration with a group of researchers from the University of Calgary and made use of the SPID facility's AFM.

Middle School Students Visit EPIC

Mar 2, 2017

A group of middle school students visited the EPIC facility on Wednesday, March 1, as part of a larger tour of NU labs, organized by Family Focus Community Center and NU Science in Society.

Career Day For Girls

Feb 25, 2017

On Saturday, February 25th, the NUANCE Center took part in the 46th annual Career Day for Girls. This program, organized by the McCormick School of Engineering and Northwestern’s Society of Women Engineers, offers female students in 6th-12th grade an opportunity to learn more about the different fields of engineering.

Eric Roth Hosts February Coffee Hour

Feb 23, 2017

The second coffee hour of the year was hosted on February 22, by EPIC's Bio-Cryo Microscopy expert Eric Roth. Theme of the afternoon: Microscopy of the Reef.

NUANCE Staff Co-Author “Paradigm-Shifting” Research Paper on the Role of Zinc Sparks in Egg Fertilization.

Jan 27, 2017

A Northwestern-based team of researchers, led by Teresa Woodruff and Thomas O’Halloran and including EPIC's Reiner Bleher and Eric W. Roth, recently published a paper in Integrative Biology. The article, entitled “Zinc sparks induce physiochemical changes in the egg zona pellucida that prevent polyspermy,” was featured the January issue of Chemistry World.

Gemini Nano VP FESEM Workshop

Jan 23, 2017

On Friday, January 20 NUANCE hosted the Gemini Nano VP FESEM Workshop in collaboration with Carl Zeiss Microscopy and Bruker. Speakers included Dr. Pascal Anger and Dr. Soeren Eyhusen of ZEISS and Mark Kelsey of Bruker.

Karl Hagglund Hosts first Coffee Hour of the Year

Jan 20, 2017

On Wednesday, January 18, the first NUANCE Coffee Hour of 2017 was held in the Cook Hall Atrium. This month's host was Karl Hagglund, SEM facility manager at EPIC.

Carthage College students tour EPIC, SPID, and KECK-II

Jan 16, 2017

Nineteen undergraduate students from Carthage College, Kenosha, visited NUANCE on Friday, January 13. The students, who are enrolled in a Cancer Biology course, were shown around the EPIC, SPID, and KECK-II facilities by NUANCE staff, learning about the various instruments available to researchers.

NUANCE warmly welcomes Dr. Hee Joon Jung

Dec 31, 2016

The NUANCE Center happily welcomes Dr. Hee Joon Jung, a postdoctoral fellow at the EPIC facility.

Reiner Bleher delivers talk at M3S Meeting

Nov 30, 2016

Dr. Reiner Bleher attended the Midwest Microscopy and Microanalysis Society meeting, where he presented a talk on Cryo-Electron Microscopy techniques.

Xinqi Chen attends AVS International Symposium in Nashville

Nov 22, 2016

Dr. Xinqi Chen attended the American Vacuum Society 63rd International Symposium and Exhibition held in Nashville, TN, where he spoke with prominent industry scientists and attended surface science and 2D material technical sessions.

Hyperspectral Imaging Techniques for Elemental and Molecular Applications Workshop

Nov 15, 2016

On Tuesday, November 1, NUANCE hosted a workshop with Middleton Spectral Vision and Bruker AXIS, entitled “Hyperspectral Imaging Techniques for Elemental and Molecular Applications.”

New instructional video: 4 ways to increase SEM resolution

Nov 11, 2016

Eric Miller, Microscopy & Imaging Specialist the EPIC facility, explains how to maximize resolution in the SEM.

Meet the 2016 Image Contest Finalists (Video)

Nov 11, 2016

The finalists of the 2016 NUANCE Center Image Contest talk about their research, their submissions, and the NUANCE Center facilities.

Dr. Jinsong Wu Presents In Situ TEM Research at Conference in Huzhou, China

Nov 7, 2016

Dr. Jinsong Wu recently attended the 9th International Conference on Advanced Lithium Batteries for Automobile Application (ABAA-9) in Huzhou, China. Dr. Wu displayed his own research using In Situ TEM technology at NUANCE's EPIC facility, and explored avenues of collaboration with international researchers and industry representatives.

NUANCE Scientists Co-author Paper Published in Nano Letters

Oct 31, 2016

Dr. Yuan Li, postdoctoral fellow at the NUANCE Keck-II Facility, has co-authored an article with a group of Northwestern scientists, including Keck-II Facility Manager Xinqi Chen and NUANCE director Vinayak Dravid. The paper was published in the ACS journal Nano Letters.

NUANCE Fest 2016

Oct 19, 2016

NUANCE Fest, NUANCE’s annual open house, was once again a great success! On October 19, new graduate students were offered a tour of the NUANCE facilities, followed by a reception for students, faculty, and staff.

2016 Image Contest Winners

Oct 5, 2016

The NUANCE Center Image Gallery Reception was held on October 5. Eleven finalists displayed their work, all created with NUANCE equipment, and Dr. Kai He was announced as the contest winner!

The NUANCE Center warmly welcomes Dr. Sungkyu Kim and Dr. Chiara Musumeci!

Oct 4, 2016

Dr. Kim is a postdoctoral fellow for the NUANCE Center, EPIC facility and Dr. Musumeci is a postdoctoral fellow for the NUANCE Center, SPID facility.

NUANCE Center Fall 2016 Image Gallery Reception

Oct 4, 2016

The winning images from the summer image gallery contest will be displayed for 6 months in our NUANCE Center gallery, which is located in Cook Hall, 1st floor and Silverman Hall, 1st floor.

Raman/AFM-Raman/TERS Workshop

Sep 28, 2016

The NUANCE Center hosted a Raman/AFM-Raman/TERS Workshop in collaboration with HORIBA Scientific and AIST-NT on Thursday, September 27.

The NUANCE Center receives Gold Star Award from the NU Office for Research

Sep 24, 2016

The Office for Research held its 7th annual Core Facilities Colloquium and Awards Luncheon. The NUANCE center received a Gold Star Award, bestowed on facilities operating at the top level (top 10%) for four years or more.

Ben Myers Hosts NUANCE's September Coffee Hour

Sep 23, 2016

On September 21, NUANCE staff, students, and affiliates gathered for the NUANCE Center Monthly Coffee hour, organized this month by Ben Myers.

Jinsong Wu receives microscopy award!

Sep 6, 2016

Dr. Jinsong Wu received a Professional Technical  Staff Award at the M&M 2016 Conference in Columbus, OH. Congratulations Dr. Wu!

Welcome Baby Evelyn!

Aug 29, 2016

NUANCE congratulates NUFAB's Ying Jia on the birth of her beautiful baby girl, Evelyn.

"Multi-Scale Materials Science: From 3D to 4D with X-Ray Microscopy"

Aug 19, 2016

Lunch and learn seminar by ZEISS. Technical discussion of X-ray Microscopy and Correlative Microscopy associated with materials and life science research. Participants learned how this technology can provide nanometer resolution images of a wide variety of samples. We will be available to answer your questions about correlation of XRM data with confocal and other advanced imaging technologies currently available from ZEISS

The NUANCE Center Monthly Coffee Hour - hosted by Dr. Kai He

Aug 17, 2016

The August 17 NUANCE Center Coffee Hour was hosted by Dr. Kai He, TEM facility manager for the NUANCE - Electron Probe Instrumentation Center (EPIC). About 75 people attended the coffee hour, saw a cool poster about the history of electron microscopy, and talked to Dr. Kai about the current and future TEM instrumentation of the NUANCE Center. Dr. Kai showed an impressive video highlighting the 2 new TEMs we will be installing later this year/early 2017, and their unique capabilities.

The NUANCE Center receives Gold Star Award

Aug 9, 2016

The NUANCE Center will receive the Gold Star Award at the Office for Research's 7th annual core facility awards, September 23.

Medill graduate students tour the SHyNE facilities at NUANCE and NUCAPT

Aug 9, 2016

Medill graduate students tour the SHyNE facilities at NUANCE and NUCAPT

NUANCE researchers study potential advantages of sodium-ion batteries

Jul 26, 2016

A research team in Northwestern University's NUANCE Center is studying the sodium-ion battery and how it compares against the lithium-ion battery.

Students tour the NUANCE facilites to learn about nanoscience

Jul 5, 2016

On Wednesday, a group of students from SQ Scholar, a scholarship program for promising middle and high school students from Chicago, took a tour of the NUANCE facility to learn about nanoscience.

Environmental release of core–shell semiconductor nanocrystals from free-standing polymer nanocomposite films

Jul 5, 2016

There is growing interest in determining whether consumers can be exposed to nanoparticles during the lifecycles of polymer nanocomposites (PNCs). This study employs a model PNC system based on luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals (quantum dots) dispersed in low density polyethylene, and exposes these materials to liquid media under conditions intended to accelerate the release kinetics.

Northwestern Team Developing "Ultimate Discovery Tool"

Jun 27, 2016

Northwestern professor, Chad A. Mirkin and his team are developing a tool to rapidly test millions, even billions or more different nanoparticles at one time. “Our tool will enable researchers to pick the winner much faster than conventional methods," said Mirkin. "We have the ultimate discovery tool."

Seminar and Demo Session of the Hitachi SU 8030 SEM held by Atsushi Muto

Jun 21, 2016

Atsushi Muto held a seminar and demo session, Tuesday and Wednesday to highlight the imaging performance and capabilities of the Hitachi SU 8030 SEM, the highest performance scanning electron microscope in the EPIC facility.

NUANCE staff co-author paper published in Advanced Materials

Jun 3, 2016

NUANCE Center staff members, Dr. Xinqi Chen and Dr. Vinayak Dravid, co-authored a paper, "From ScOOH to Sc2O3: Phase Control, Luminescent Properties, and Applications," which has been published by the weekly Advanced Materials journal. Dr. Chen is the Keck Interdisciplinary Surface Science (Keck-II) Center facility manager, and Dr. Dravid is the director of the NUANCE Center.

ACS Nano publishes SHyNE Resource Director of Operations' work

Jun 2, 2016

The monthly ACS Nano journal published SHyNE Resource Director of Operations Benjamin Myers' work on "Size-Selective Nanoparticle Assembly on Substrates by DNA Density Patterning." In addition to his work for the SHyNE Resource, Myers is a part-time Ph.D. student in the VPD Group.

Advanced FIB Nanofabrication Seminar with Dr. Sven Bauerdick

May 27, 2016

The NUANCE Center had the pleasure of hosting Raith sales manager Joseph Klingfus and Raith senior product manager Dr. Sven Bauerdick yesterday. Dr. Bauerdick presented on “Advanced FIB Nanofabrication: New Ion Species and Unique Patterning Strategies.” Demo sessions on the Raith instruments were held in the afternoon.

NUANCE Center Coffee Hour featuring Dr. Xinqi Chen

May 27, 2016

This month’s NUANCE Center Coffee Hour was hosted by Keck Interdisciplinary Surface Science (Keck-II) Center facility manager Dr. Xinqi Chen in the Cook Hall first floor atrium. About 65 people attended the coffee hour and talked to Dr. Chen about XPS, SIMS, and other Keck-II facilities.

High Performance Bioscope Resolve Life Science Imaging System available for use

May 25, 2016

On May 25, SHyNE Resource had their second Spotlight event, featuring the High Performance Bioscope Resolve Life Science Imaging System.

Dr. Reiner Bleher awarded for Applied Learning Project presentation

May 24, 2016

Dr. Reiner Bleher hosted the 2016 CryoSEM workshop in hopes that focusing on one BioCryo method would help him reach a niche audience. From what he learned in a Kellogg Executive Education course, he anticipated the event would attract more audience members if he focused on one rather than a broad array of techniques. The workshop reached near maximum capacity at about 60 people.

Dr. Jinsong Wu promoted to associate research professor

May 18, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Jinsong Wu on his recent promotion to associate research professor! Dr. Wu is the TEM facility manager for the NUANCE Center/EPIC Facility.

Presenting the new FEI Quanta FEG 650

May 16, 2016

The NUANCE Center is happy to announce the arrival of the FEI Quanta FEG 650, which replaced the older model FEI Quanta FEG 600. The FEI Quanta FEG 650 is fully operational and ready for use. If interested in using the instrument, please contact SEM manager Karl Hagglund (

NUANCE staff recognized for work using in-situ TEM

May 10, 2016

The Journal of Materials Chemistry A recognized and published NUANCE staff members Dr. Qianqian Li, Dr. Jinsong Wu, Dr. Junming Xu and Dr. Vinayak Dravid's work on "Synergistic Sodiation of Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles and Conductive Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) for Sodium-ion Battery."

2016 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting

May 5, 2016

Dr. Yuan Li, Dr. Jinsong Wu, Dr. Qianqian Li and graduate student Fernando Castro attended the 2016 Materials Research Society (MRS) spring meeting in Phoenix, AZ, from March 28 to April 1.

Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day

May 4, 2016

The NUANCE Center loves inspiring young minds and takes pride in the part it plays in “Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day.” This year, about 30 students from elementary to middle school visited the NUANCE Center on Thurs., April 28, and learned about electron microscopes.

Wavelength Dispersive Spectroscopy (WDS) System available for use

Apr 27, 2016

The Wavelength Dispersive Spectroscopy (WDS) System is now open and available for use and training.

The 2016 Scanning Probe Microscopy Short Courses and Training Workshop

Apr 27, 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended the Scanning Probe Microscopy Short Courses and Training Workshop from April 21 to 22. It was a pleasure to sponsor this event with Bruker and host so many students, postdoctoral fellows, professors, researchers and science technical staff. A huge thank you also to our engaging speakers and presenters!

Dr. Hee Joon Jung presents on "TEM Studies on Energy Conversion Materials"

Apr 20, 2016

On Wednesday, April 20, Dr. Hee Joon Jung from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory gave a presentation on "TEM Studies on Energy Conversion Materials" in the MSE Conference Room.

Presentation and demonstrations with the nano-FTIR

Apr 14, 2016

The NUANCE Center hosted a presentation by Dr. Tobias Gokus and demos with the nano-FTIR the week of April 11

EPIC Facility Manager wins 2016 M&M Professional Technical Staff Award

Apr 13, 2016

EVANSTON, Ill.—Out of over 300 applicants, NUANCE Center’s EPIC Facility TEM manager Jinsong Wu was chosen as one of the few to win the 2016 M&M Professional Technical Staff Award for his paper, “Atomic Resolution in-situ TEM Studies of Lithium Electrochemistry in Co3O4-Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposite.”

CryoSEM Workshop 2016

Apr 6, 2016

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s CryoSEM Workshop! We were honored to have presentations by the NUANCE Center’s BioCryo facility manager and research assistant professor Reiner Bleher, associate professor Derk Joester, postdoctoral fellow Irene Chang, and Mager Scientific technical sales representative Mike Boykin as well as BioCryo demonstrations by research technologist Eric Roth in the afternoon.

Glenbrook South High School visits to Northwestern University

Mar 4, 2016

50 Freshmen from Glenbrook South High School visited Northwestern University on Friday, March 4, 2016. They learned about Large-scale/"Mega" Engineering, and Nano/Molecular Engineering.

The Remarkable Borophene

Mar 2, 2016

"Synthesis of borophenes: Anisotropic, two-dimensional boron polymorphs" Andrew J. Mannix, Xiang-Feng Zhou, Brian Kiraly, Joshua D. Wood, Diego Alducin, Benjamin D. Myers, Xiaolong Liu, Brandon L. Fisher, Ulises Santiago, Jeffrey R. Guest, Miguel Jose Yacaman, Arturo Ponce, Artem R. Oganov, Mark C. Hersam, Nathan P. Guisinger Science 18 Dec 2015: Vol. 350, Issue 6267, pp. 1513-1516

Tera-FAB Presentation

Feb 12, 2016

Prof. Chad Mirkin gave a very interesting presentation on the TERA-Fab E- and M-Series, it's capabilities and benefits. This was followed by a demonstration of the instrument by Andrey Ivankin.

Students from Salem Christian School visit the NUANCE Center

Feb 3, 2016

Lauren Sturdy hosted students from Salem Christian School in Chicago, who were here on a science field trip. The purpose was to introduce them to a college environment and show them how exciting science can be!

NUANCE Center Fall 2015 Image Gallery Reception

Jan 11, 2016

The NUANCE Center hosted a reception for the winners of the Fall 2015 image gallery contest on January 11, 2016. Many people came to see the images and to learn about the science behind each image!

The NUANCE Center warmly welcomes Karl Hagglund!

Jan 4, 2016

Karl is the new SEM Facility Manager for the NUANCE EPIC Facility!

Probing battery electrochemistry in situ at atomic scale

Dec 16, 2015

An important research project, led by scientists from the NUANCE Center, and made possible through the support of ISEN, will have opportunity to develop novel instruments and techniques for in operando observation of electrochemical reactions at high resolution by in-situ TEM.

NUANCE Center Fall 2015 Image Gallery

Dec 15, 2015

The winning images from the spring image gallery contest will be displayed for 6 months in our NUANCE Center gallery, which is located in Cook Hall, 1st floor.

The NUANCE Center warmly welcomes Dr. Kai He!

Nov 24, 2015

Dr. He is the new Research Assistant Professor and TEM Manager for the NUANCE EPIC Facility

Congratulations to graduates of the Leadership and Management in Core Facilities course!

Nov 19, 2015

This Kellogg Executive Education course took place on November 16-19, 2015 and was attended by 19 Operation Directors and Managers of Core Facilities, including Dr. Reiner Bleher and Chad Goeser from the NUANCE Center.

Delegation from Brazil tours NUANCE

Nov 9, 2015

The American Chamber of Commerce in Rio de Janeiro, Northwestern Office of Research, and Northwestern McCormick Office of Corporate Relations hosted a meeting with Brazilian metalworking industry executives.

World's Smallest Millennium Falcon

Nov 6, 2015

A scale model of the Millennium Falcon was produced recently in the NUANCE Center at Northwestern University by Eric Miller, Microscopy & Imaging Specialist. It was constructed out of Platinum on a Silicon substrate and measures only 19.5 micrometers in length, which makes it 1:1,800,000 scale. It was built in an FEI Helios Focused Ion Beam microscope, which allows for the deposition and milling away of material.

"Electron Microscopy of Biological Samples", by Dr. Reiner Bleher

Oct 29, 2015

Dr. Bleher recently gave a successful talk, "Electron Microscopy of Biological Samples" at Northeastern Illinois University as part of their inaugural Capstone Seminar series.

NUANCE Fest 2015!

Oct 7, 2015

The NUANCE Center's annual open house, NUANCE Fest 2015, was a huge success! Participants met the friendly staff of NUANCE, learned about our high-tech instruments, techniques and the atomic, molecular and nano-scale research that happens in our center, all while enjoying pizza and refreshments.

David Kabiller and Rick Eid tour the NUANCE Center

Sep 30, 2015

The International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) hosted a tour of the NUANCE Center and IMSERC for David Kabiller and Rick Eid. David Kabiller is a Northwestern University Trustee, Co-Founder and Principal at AQR Capital Management. Rick Eid is a writer-producer of many popular television shows, such as "Law & Order" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"

$5 million five-year NSF NNCI grant awarded to Northwestern University, along with partner University of Chicago!

Sep 15, 2015

We are pleased to announce that The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $5 million five-year NNCI award, entitled “Soft and Hybrid Nanotechnology Experimental (SHyNE) Resource” to a collaborative group of research facilities.

Special Presentation

Sep 10, 2015

“Advanced Nano-IR Spectroscopy for Chemistry, Materials & Life Sciences by AFM-IR and s-SNOM”

The NUANCE Center warmly welcomes Dr. Yuan Li!

Sep 2, 2015

Dr. Li is a postdoctoral fellow for the NUANCE Keck-II Facility

Rare Use of Blue Pigment Found in Ancient Mummy Portraits

Aug 26, 2015

Northwestern-Hearst Museum of Anthropology collaboration, using the instruments of the NUANCE Center, reveals hidden color

Representatives from the Office of Senator Durbin visit NUANCE

Aug 21, 2015

Beth Wikler (Health Legislative Assistant) and Tran Nguyen (Senate Aide), both from the Office of Senator Richard Durbin, visit the NUANCE Center!

The NUANCE Center receives the Gold Star Award from the NU Office for Research!

Aug 12, 2015

The Office for Research (OR) recently announced its 6th annual core facility awards. Selection of award recipients was based upon information provided in 2015 annual reports as well as other considerations pertaining to the operation of facilities during the past year.

Three-dimensional (3D) mesostructured semiconductors show promising properties and applications

Jun 26, 2015

"Atomic gold–enabled three-dimensional lithography for silicon mesostructures" Zhiqiang Luo, Yuanwen Jiang, Benjamin D. Myers, Dieter Isheim, Jinsong Wu, John F. Zimmerman, Zongan Wang, Qianqian Li, Yucai Wang, Xinqi Chen, Vinayak P. Dravid, David N. Seidman, Bozhi Tian Science 26 June 2015: Vol. 348 no. 6242 pp. 1451-1455

Oxford AZtec Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) Workshop

Jun 25, 2015

The NUANCE Center, NU-MRSEC, and Oxford Instruments presented a "Oxford AZtec Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) Workshop" on June 25 at Northwestern University in Ryan Hall, Room 4003.

Dr. Jinsong Wu receives ISEN award!

Jun 17, 2015

The Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) has announced the recipients of its spring 2015 Faculty Booster Awards. The research projects awarded funding are expected to addresses significant unmet needs with the potential for transformative impact. Dr. Jinsong Wu was one of the award winners

Recent Progress in Battery and Energy Storage Research Workshop

Jun 12, 2015

"In-situ Studies of Structures and Processes at Model Electrode/Electrolyte Interfaces", Dr. Paul Fenter; "Atomic Layer Deposition for Interfacial Control in Energy Storage", Dr. Jeffrey W. Elam; "Introduction of EPIC/NUANCE in-situ TEM instruments for Battery Research", Dr. Jinsong Wu

Chute Middle School Tour

May 27, 2015

The Chute Middle School afternoon Science Club, supervised by Dr. Aleta Hagman (NU-MRSEC), toured our NUANCE Center. The kids got to see fun demos and learn about the science that goes on in our center.

New PELCO easiGlow™ Glow Discharge Cleaning System!

May 19, 2015

Now Available in the EPIC-BioCryo Facility, Silverman Hall, Room B-540!


May 5, 2015

Northwestern University hosted a North American Deep Drawing Research Group (NADDRG) symposium. Several facilities, including the NUANCE Center, participated in a series of tours for the participants in the afternoon. Ben Myers led the tours of NUANCE.

Glenview Middle School - Engineering and Science Day

May 1, 2015

Students from Glenview Middle School toured our NUANCE facilities as part of a larger tour to explore engineering and science. They were escorted to the various science labs by undergraduates from the NU McCormick School of Engineering. Eric Miller gave the students a tour of our EPIC facility. This event was hosted by NU-MRSEC

NUANCE Center Spring 2015 Image Gallery Reception

Apr 29, 2015

The NUANCE Center hosted a reception for the winners of the Spring 2015 image gallery contest on April 29, 2015. Many people came to see the images and to learn about the science behind each image!

"Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work" Day at NUANCE!

Apr 23, 2015

Eric Miller, Dr. Jinsong Wu, and Dr. Fengyuan Shi showed kids some fun samples on our microscopes, explained to them the science that we do, and answered any questions they might have!

NUANCE Center Spring 2015 Image Gallery

Apr 15, 2015

The winning images from the spring image gallery contest will be displayed for 6 months in our NUANCE Center gallery, which is located in Cook Hall, 1st floor.

NUANCE Special Seminar

Apr 13, 2015

“Probing nanoscale dynamic phenomena by in situ electron microscopy”, Dr. Kai He

NUANCE Center at Feinberg Research Day!

Apr 2, 2015

The NUANCE Center took part in Feinberg Research Day! Participants stopped by our table and learned about the research that goes on at the NUANCE Center.

Ben Slivka tour of the NUANCE Center

Mar 9, 2015

Ben Slivka - Member of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees; Trustee for the Wissner-Slivka Foundation; and former General Manager, Project Leader, Software Design Engineer for the Microsoft Corporation - Received a tour the NUANCE Center.

From Extraterrestrial Nanoparticles to Deep Planetary Interiors:

Mar 4, 2015

a Symposium on Advanced Microscopy Applications in the Earth Sciences

Career Day for Girls program - Tour of NUANCE EPIC Facility

Feb 28, 2015

Many girls took a tour of our NUANCE Center, where Eric Miller, Dr. Fengyuan Shi, and Fernando Castro gave demos and talked about nanoscience!

Hair Dye could be used to solve criminal cases!

Feb 23, 2015

Researchers at Northwestern University, using the NUANCE Center SEMs, have uncovered a way to use hair dye to help solve criminal cases

MIT grad student conducts collaborative research using the BioCryo Facility of EPIC

Jan 28, 2015

Amer Deirieh from MIT visited the BioCryo Facility of EPIC for one week of experiments using the S4800 cryoSEM, the HPM100 high-pressure freezer, and the ACE600 cryo coater. Dr. Irene Yin-Ting Chang, a postdoc from Derk Joester’s Group, was working with him on the project.

FEI Special Presentation

Jan 27, 2015

Titan Themis Presentation by Dr. Jan Ringnalda, Product Marketing Engineer, FEI Company

New discovery shows non-invasive technique for detecting early-stage Alzheimer's disease

Jan 23, 2015

“Towards non-invasive diagnostic imaging of early-stage Alzheimer's disease”, by Kirsten L. Viola, James Sbarboro, Ruchi Sureka, Mrinmoy De, Maíra A. Bicca, Jane Wang, Shaleen Vasavada, Sreyesh Satpathy, Summer Wu, Hrushikesh Joshi, Pauline T. Velasco, Keith MacRenaris, E. Alex Waters, Chang Lu, Joseph Phan, Pascale Lacor, Pottumarthi Prasad, Vinayak P. Dravid & William L. Klein, Nature Nanotechnology 10, 91–98 (2015).

Scientists' research moves closer to development of nanostructured electrode materials for high power energy storage

Jan 15, 2015

"Co3O4 nanocubes homogeneously assembled on few-layer graphene for high energy density lithium-ion batteries", by Junming Xu, Jinsong Wu, Langli Luo, Xinqi Chen, Huibin Qin, Vinayak Dravid, Shaobo Mi, Chunlin Jia, Journal of Power Sources, Volume 274, 15 January 2015, Pages 816–822

Introducing "Inner Space" - Winter 2015 NUANCE Newsletter (Inaugural Edition)

Jan 9, 2015

The NUANCE Team is pleased to announce the publication of Inner Space! This is the first of our biannual newsletters, designed to keep you informed about developments and happenings at the NUANCE Center.

New Raman System - Available Now!

Jan 8, 2015

We are happy to announce that the SPID facility has installed a new system – the Horiba LabRam Evolution High resolution Confocal RAMAN Microscope

A sugar and pH dual-responsive controlled release system, which is highly specific towards molecular stimuli, has been developed.

Dec 19, 2014

Sugar and pH dual-responsive mesoporous silica nanocontainers based on competitive binding mechanisms, MD Yilmaz, M Xue, MW Ambrogio, O Buyukcakir, Y Wu, M Frasconi, X Chen, MS Nassar, JF Stoddart and JI Zink, Nanoscale, 7, 1067-1072 (2015)

Congratulations to graduates of the Leadership and Management in Core Facilities course!

Dec 18, 2014

This Kellogg Executive Education course took place on December 8-11, 2014, and was attended by 19 Operation Directors and Managers of Core Facilities, including Dr. Jinsong Wu, Dr. Xinqi Chen, and Dr. Gajendra Shekhawat from the NUANCE Center.

Northwestern Scientists Discover Zinc Sparks Occur During Fertilization When Sperm Cell Meets Egg

Dec 16, 2014

Quantitative mapping of zinc fluxes in the mammalian egg reveals the origin of fertilization-induced zinc sparks, EL Que, R Bleher, FE Duncan, BY Kong, SC Gleber, S Vogt, S Chen, SA Garwin, AR Bayer, VP Dravid, TK Woodruff, and TV O’Halloran, Nature Chemistry (15 December 2014)

Technological Institute: J-Wing Construction Update

Nov 21, 2014

The construction is progressing on the new J-Wing of the Northwestern University Technological Institute. When finished, tentatively in December of 2015, the 1st floor will house EPIC instruments and offices.

Farewell and best wishes to Dr. Shuyou Li

Nov 20, 2014

Shuyou was with Northwestern for 15 years; first with Prof. Dravid's research group and then as a manager for the NUANCE Center - EPIC facility TEMs. He retired from Northwestern so that he can devote full-time to being the manager of FOM. He has been a valuable member of our team, and we will miss his warm personality and sense of humor.

Five-Year Anniversary of Silverman Hall

Nov 10, 2014

The NUANCE Center participated in the Five-Year Anniversary of the Richard & Barbara Silverman Hall for Molecular Therapeutics & Diagnostics

NUANCE Researchers Reveal More on Conversion Reaction Mechanism for High-Capacity Lithium-ion Battery

Nov 7, 2014

“Atomic Resolution Study of Reversible Conversion Reaction in Metal Oxide Electrodes for Lithium-Ion Battery by In-situ TEM”, by Langli Luo, Jinsong Wu, Junming Xu, and Vinayak P. Dravid, ACS Nano (22 October 2014).

Mantis Elite-Cam now available in EPIC

Nov 5, 2014

The NUANCE Center recently acquired a Mantis Elite-Cam, which is available for use in our EPIC facility.

VAC OMNI-LAB Glovebox System now available in EPIC

Oct 29, 2014

A VAC OMNI-LAB Glovebox System was recently purchased and is now available for use in the NUANCE-EPIC facility.

JEOL Special Presentation

Oct 28, 2014

JEOL ARM200CF and ARM300CF Presentation by Dr. Tom Isabell, Director, TEM Division, JEOL USA

Students tour NUANCE during BioTech Day

Oct 6, 2014

Eric W. Roth lead students from Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Von Steuben Metro Science Academy, Solorio Academy, and Evanston Township High School on a tour of the NUANCE Center as part of BioTech Day, sponsored by Northwestern University.

Eric Miller is one of the winners in the SiS annual image contest.

Sep 26, 2014

NUANCE's own Eric Miller received 5th place for his image, “Enamel Crystals”, in the annual SiS Image Contest

2014 Outstanding Core Facility Award Announcement

Sep 26, 2014

We are delighted to announce that the NUANCE Center has received the 2014 Outstanding Core Facility Award!

NUANCE Tour for Industrial Research Institute (IRI) Regional Event

Sep 23, 2014

The NUANCE Center hosted a tour of representatives from various sectors of industry on Tuesday, September 23. The group was visiting Northwestern University for their Industrial Research Institute (IRI) regional event, which was hosted by the NU Corporate Engagement Office.

NUANCE Image Contest 2014 Grand Prize Winner & Honorable Mentions!

Sep 19, 2014

Check out these amazing images taken at the NUANCE Center at Northwestern University! Congratulations to the grand prize winner, Irene Chang.

NUANCE Fest 2014!

Sep 18, 2014

On September 18, 2014, NUANCE Center held its annual NUANCE Fest! We had poster presentations, free pizza and nanowater, raffle prizes, and facility tours of EPIC, Keck-II, and SPID. Thank you to everyone who stopped by, and congrats to our image contest and raffle prize winners!

Flashback to Our Several Tours This Summer

Sep 17, 2014

Check out our tour photos from this summer!

ACS Editors' Choice Publication Featuring Images from EPIC

Sep 16, 2014

Congrats to researchers B. Lee, P. Guo, S.Q. Li, B. Buchholz, and R.P.H. Chang for getting published with ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Their article was chosen as an ACS Editors' Choice!

Join Us on September 24 for Our Upcoming Stylus & Optical Metrology Workshop: Theory & Applications of contact and non-contact profilers

Sep 10, 2014

Bruker Nano Surfaces and the NUANCE Center invite you to join us for technical presentations and live demonstration of the Dektak 150 stylus profiler and the ContourGT-K non-contact optical 3D profiler.

MSA Microscopy & Microanalysis 2014 Meeting

Aug 8, 2014

M&M 2014 is a unique community of scientists and technology providers from a wide variety of fields, from all over the world. Here are some photos from this year's meeting in Hartford, CT, where NUANCE had a booth with staff on hand to answer questions about our facilities, instrumentation, and opportunities.

NUANCE Scientists Collaborate on First “Star Trek” Tricorder Device!

Jul 16, 2014

Dr. Gajendra Shekhawat and Prof. Vinayak Dravid, using the instruments of NUANCE, developed the MOSFET-embedded Micro cantilever based Integrated sensor technology for real-time detection of analytes under physiological conditions, which is an integral part of this handheld device development for medical diagnostics and personalized medicine.

NUANCE Scientists Publish Article in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

Jul 11, 2014

"Thermoresponsive Magnetic Hydrogels as Theranostic Nanoconstructs"

New Fischione NanoMill Model 1040, now available for training and use!

Jul 10, 2014

With support from MRSEC and NU Office for Research, NUANCE was able to acquire a new Model 1040 NanoMill® TEM Specimen Preparation System.

We are delighted to announce that the NUANCE Center was selected for 2014 Outstanding Core Facility Award!

Jul 9, 2014

The NUANCE Center was one of four core facilities selected by the Office for Research for the 2014 Outstanding Core Facility Awards. In addition, two core facilities are recognized for Honorable Mention and another for Most Improved Core.

Surprising Material Could Play Role in Saving Energy

Apr 22, 2014

Northwestern University scientists have discovered a surprising material that is the best in the world at converting waste heat to useful electricity.

X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) Workshop

Mar 18, 2014

The NUANCE Center, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and NU-MRSEC presented an X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) Workshop. There was a huge turnout, with more than 80 attendees!

NUANCE Tour of Technological Institute J-Wing Construction Site

Mar 6, 2014

Prof. Vinayak Dravid (Director of NUANCE), Dr. Jinsong Wu and Ben Myers (EPIC facility managers), Ron Smith (Business Manager), and Raymond Bailey (Administrative Coordinator) tour the Technological Institute, J-Wing construction site. When finished, the 1st floor will house EPIC instruments and offices.

American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) Tour of NUANCE

Feb 13, 2014

94 high school students from the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) took a tour of our NUANCE Center.

Eric W. Roth, Contributing Author to Publication in Nature

Feb 2, 2014

"Polarized release of T-cell-receptor-enriched microvesicles at the immunological synapse"

Arts on Sunday: The Art of Scientific Imagery

Feb 2, 2014

Scientists from Northwestern University's Science in Society program discuss their award winning images from the 2013 Northwestern University Scientific Images Contest at the Evanston Public Library. Eric W. Roth was there from the NUANCE Center.

NUANCE Scientists Publish Article in Scientific Reports

Jan 24, 2014

"Dynamics of Electrochemical Lithiation/ Delithiation of Graphene-Encapsulated Silicon Nanoparticles Studied by In-situ TEM"

NUANCE meets Motorola Mobility

Jan 22, 2014

The NUANCE Center, represented by Eric Miller and Ben Myers, met with representatives of Motorola Mobility.

The BioCryo EM lab of EPIC recently installed a powerful new instrument

Dec 4, 2013

The Leica EM HPM100 high pressure freezer.

"New Methods for Improved Characterization of Silica Nanoparticle-Based Drug Delivery Systems"

Nov 25, 2013

Researchers from the Keck-II facility of the NUANCE Center have developed new methods to characterize nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems using XPS and ToF-SIMS

Cook Hall Reception

Oct 4, 2013

Prof. Vinayak Dravid led a tour of our NUANCE facilities. Mrs. Cook, President Morty Schapiro, Provost Dan Linzer, and several members of the class of '53 were part of the tour group.

NUANCE Fest 2013

Sep 18, 2013

Our NUANCE open house was a great success!

"From Micro to Nano: analyzing materials and biological systems"

Aug 22, 2013

Biotechnology Training Program Practicum with Keck-Ii and Keck Biophysics Facilities

NUANCE Special Seminar

Aug 1, 2013

“Recent developments of transmission electron microscopy of advanced materials at IMR” - Prof. Xiuliang Ma

High School students tour EPIC

Jul 12, 2013

High school students and their chaperons visited NUANCE on July 12, 2013, as part of a program sponsored by Kennedy King College and the University of Chicago programs.

What's It Made Of? Keys!

Jun 19, 2013

In this episode, Eric Miller takes a look at the mysteries of door keys!

What's It Made Of? MASCARA

May 20, 2013

Eric Miller takes a closer look at mascara

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work day

Apr 25, 2013

Eric Miller hosts students on a tour of EPIC facilities

Seeing at the NanoScale with NUANCE

Apr 17, 2013

NUANCE partnered with Bruker to bring renowned speakers to Northwestern to discuss the latest developments in Atomic Force Microscopy

What's It Made Of? Series

Apr 15, 2013

Eric Miller takes a closer look at "chrome" plating

What's It Made Of? Series

Mar 16, 2013

Eric Miller takes a closer look at the ink in our money

Electron Tomography Workshop with EPIC & Hitachi

Mar 13, 2013

NUANCE's Dr. Jinsong Wu hosted an electron tomography workshop March 12-13

Professor Dravid visits Hitachi High-Tech in Japan

Feb 28, 2013

Professor Dravid visits Hitachi High-Tech in Hitachinaka City, Japan

EPIC's Electron Tomography Workshop March 12 & 13

Feb 25, 2013

EPIC to host Electron Tomography Workshop March 12-13

NUANCE research featured in Nature Nanotechnology

Feb 5, 2013

Nature Nanotechnology Article: Nanomechanical sensors: Bent on detecting cancer

Northwestern-Art Institute Partnership Expands

Feb 1, 2013

Northwestern University recieves Mellon Grant

Professor Dravid and Roger Howe Tour NUANCE Facilities

Jan 31, 2013

Professor Roger Howe, Director, NNIN, Stanford University visits Professor Vinayak Dravid, Director, NUANCE

NU Scholars Participate in Indo-US Workshop

Jan 21, 2013

Professor Dravid and other Northwestern scholars speak at nanotechnology conference in Bangalore, India

A New Method for More Sensitive Electrochemical Sensors

Jan 18, 2013

A New Method for More Sensitive Electrochemical Sensors

EPIC Hosts Talk on TiO2 Nanorod Growth

Jan 14, 2013

Xudong Wang,UW-Madison, Talks of Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Piezocatalysis

Prof. Dravid at Northshore Senior Center

Jan 8, 2013

Professor Dravid speaks at Northshore Senior Center's Annual Meeting.

Langli Luo Begins Post-Doctoral Position with NUANCE

Jan 1, 2013

Dr. Luo is originally from China and his primary research interests include in-situ TEM

NUANCE Seminar Presentation - January 14, 2013

Dec 20, 2012

NUANCE Seminar Presentation - January 14, 2013

Northwestern Senior to Enter Medical-Graduate Program

Dec 10, 2012

Felix Richter plans to further develop his research in graduate school

Northwestern Graduate on X-ray Microscopy

Dec 3, 2012

Dr. Tao Sun Speaks on Developments in X-ray Microscopy

Special NUANCE Seminar Presentation, 12/03/12

Nov 29, 2012

NUANCE graduate returns to talk of developments in 3D imaging at the nanoscale

NUANCE Website Redesign Under Way

Nov 21, 2012

NUANCE website to showcase EPIC, Keck-II and NIFTI specific capabilities.

NUANCE Scholars Attend 2012 MRS Fall Meeting

Nov 20, 2012

Changqiang Chen and ShiHan Lo attend 2012 MRS Fall Meeting

NUANCE and NIFTI have Article in Nature Magazine

Nov 19, 2012

Researchers report a new concept in immunosensing and diagnostics called “magneto-electrochemical immunoassay”

Keck-II Hosts XPS Workshop

Sep 28, 2012

Representatives from Thermo Fisher Scientific on hand for X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy training

Changes to NUANCE's Safety Policy

Aug 22, 2012

NUANCE has added two items to its safety policy in an effort to create the safest environment possible for its users

Changes in EPIC

Aug 16, 2012

HD2300 STEM moves to Silverman

NUANCE Alumnus Accepts Position at Penn State

Jul 23, 2012

Nasim Alem, former researcher with VPD and NUANCE, begins work at Penn State this fall

NUANCE Receives Two Instrument Awards

Jun 29, 2012

Dr.'s Bleher and Wu receive grants from the Office for Research for new equipment in their respective facilities

NUANCE Wins 2012 Outstanding Core Facility Award

Jun 13, 2012

NUANCE Wins 2012 Outstanding Core Facility Award

NUANCE at NU/NIMS Materials Genome Workshop

May 31, 2012

EPIC facility manager, Ben Myers, presents at workshop in Japan

NUANCE staff has Image Published in Nature

May 17, 2012

Eric W. Roth has an image published in the latest issue of Nature

Leica UC7/FC7 Cryo-Ultramicrotome

May 3, 2012

EPIC/QBIC initiative brings sample sectioning to Northwestern

International Symposium on Scanning Probe Microscopy

Apr 6, 2012

NUANCE partnered with Bruker to host an SPM symposium

NUANCE and Career Day for Girls

Feb 25, 2012

EPIC, Keck-II and NIFTI staff participate in the 41st annual event

Feature Article: NIFTI Allows Users to See the Invisible

Jan 18, 2012

NUANCE's NIFTI facility featured in NU's Research Newsletter

NUANCE Receives Core Facilities Awards

Dec 29, 2011

EPIC and NIFTI receive equipment awards

Cryo-Ultramicrotome to be Installed in EPIC

Dec 16, 2011

Leica UC7 ultramicrotome with FC7 cryo attachment scheduled to be installed January 2012

FOM Administrators Workshop Held

Dec 9, 2011

NUANCE's patented Facility Online Manager is explained by it creator, Shuyou Li

Hitachi Field Emission SEM to be Installed

Dec 5, 2011

To Be Installed: New Hitachi Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope

State of the art scanning XPS to be Installed - Keck-II Facility

Nov 18, 2011

A new XPS - Thermo Scientific ESCALAB 250 Xi was purchased and will be installed in the Keck-II Facility

Great News - User Rates, EPIC, Keck-II and NIFTI Facilities

Nov 3, 2011

User rates for the EPIC, Keck-II and NIFTI facilities will remain unchanged

NUANCE Facility Managers attend the 2011 IIN Symposium

Oct 20, 2011

NUANCE Director and Facility Managers attend the IIN Symposium

Craig Mundie, Microsoft, visits the NUANCE Center

Oct 4, 2011

Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft, visited the NUANCE Center.

Recently Installed Instruments in NIFTI Facilities

Sep 21, 2011

NUANCE recently installed BioScope Catalyst Atomi Force and Multimode 8 Atomic Force microscopes in NIFTI

NUANCE's 6th Annual Users Meeting

Sep 19, 2011

Learn about recent and upcoming instruments and research news

NIH proposal to acquire Cryo-bio-Nano-SIMS instrument submitted

Sep 19, 2011

A proposal to acquire a state of the art cryo-bio-nano time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometer (cbn-SIMS) was submitted to NIH

NUANCE welcomes Eric Roth

Jul 14, 2011

NUANCE welcomes Eric Roth, Electron Microscopist, to EPIC Facility

Angewandte Chemie Cover Images

May 23, 2011

Paper co-authored by Ben Myers (EPIC) was selected for a cover in Angewandte Chemie

NUANCE is recognized as an Outstanding Core Facility (2011)

May 1, 2011

For a second year, the Office for Research selected NUANCE as one of five core facilities for the Outstanding Core Facility Award

EPIC Installs Kleindiek Nanomanipulation System

Feb 15, 2011

EPIC has completed installation of a Kleindiek Nanomanipulation system on the FEI Helios NanoLab

NLP 2000 Installed

Jan 14, 2011

New miscroscope in NIFTI: The Nanoink NLP2000 high performance system for biomaterials nanopatterning

4 Fellowships for NUANCE Director

Jan 11, 2011

AAAS, APS, MRS, and MSA fellowships awarded to Prof. Vinayak Dravid

Nanofactory Instruments Demo Workshop

Nov 10, 2010

Nanofactory demonstrated unique nanoprobing systems for TEM

Successful NUANCE Hitachi Workshop

Oct 25, 2010

NUANCE Hitachi Workshop On Microscopy of Soft and Hybrid Materials

NUANCE is recognized as an Outstanding Core Facility

May 1, 2010

The Office for Research selected NUANCE as one of five core facilities for the 2010 Outstanding Core Facility Award