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2017 News

Happy Holidays from The NUANCE Center!

December 18, 2017
Happy Holidays from the NUANCE Center!

Charlene Wilke Hosts NUANCE's Monthly Coffee Hour

December 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

December 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

December 1, 2017
The NUANCE Center warmly welcomes Dr. Poya Yasaei, the new Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the SPID facility.

New Imaging Technique Peers Inside Living Cells

November 17, 2017
Non-invasive approach views sub-cellular structures at nanoscale resolution.

Tirzah Abbott Hosts first Coffee Hour of Academic Quarter

November 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

November 6, 2017
On November 6th, a group from BP’s Naperville Branch visited Northwestern’s NUANCE Facilities.

NUANCE staff at 64th AVS International Symposium

October 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

October 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!

October 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

October 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 "Art of Science" Winners!

October 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

October 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!

September 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

September 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.


September 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!

September 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

August 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 of SPID Doctoral Research Associate

August 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

August 21, 2017
NUANCE is now accepting entry images for their "The Art of Science" Image contest.

NUANCE Staff Goes on Retreat!

August 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

July 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 conducted at NUANCE's EPIC facility.

NUANCE Hosts X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Workshop

June 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.

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.

Jinsong Wu Hosts Final Coffee Hour of the Quarter

May 19, 2017
Dr. Jinsong Wu, TEM manager at EPIC, hosted the final Coffee Hour of the academic year on May 19.

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

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

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2017

April 27, 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.

John Ciraldo Hosts Coffee Hour

April 19, 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

April 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

April 6, 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).

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

April 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.

Attolight CEO delivers Talk to NUANCE

March 30, 2017
Dr. Sonderegger, Attolight CEO offers perspective on cathodoluminescnce in STEMs.

NUANCE Warmly Welcomes Dr. Yaobin Xu

March 28, 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).

NUANCE Warmly Welcomes Dr. Neena Gilda

March 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

March 17, 2017
Professor Dravid and Dr. Gajendra Shekhawat collaborate with University of Calgary on research paper.

Reiner Bleher Hosts March Coffee Hour

March 15, 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.

Middle School Students Visit EPIC

March 1, 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!

February 25, 2017

Eric Roth Hosts Coffee Hour

February 22, 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.

January 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

January 20, 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

January 18, 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 visit NUANCE

January 13, 2017
Students were led on a tour of the NUANCE Facilities