RTNN Honored with 2024 Opal Mann Green Engagement and Scholarship Award

As you may know, AIF is part of the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN), a partnership between the nanotechnology core facilities at NC State, Duke, and UNC. The RTNN is one of 16 sites in the NSF-funded National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI). In April, the RTNN received the prestigious 2024 Opal Mann Green Engagement and Scholarship Award. This award recognizes RTNN’s exceptional contributions to nanotechnology research, education, and community outreach. RTNN’s efforts include the RTNN Kickstarter Program, various educational outreach activities, and Coursera courses, all aimed at democratizing access to nanotechnology resources. This recognition highlights the collaborative efforts of NC State, Duke University, and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Phillip Strader, Manager – Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN)

The AIF supports these collaborative efforts by offering free short courses, participating in outreach programs, providing access to cutting-edge equipment and expertise, and more. Typically, the AIF sees over 400 unique users from over 150 Principal Investigator groups across campus. In addition, the AIF supports materials characterization services and/or laboratory access to external government, industrial, and other academic researchers. The AIF is heavily involved in student training/education and engagement with the community.