Nano and Pico Characterization Laboratory

An unprecedented collection of instrumentation for surface analysis at the nanoscale and beyond.

Events: Winter 2011

CNSI Core Lab Open House

On Thursday, February 17th the California NanoSystems Institute is holding an open house to highlight its shared resource core lab facilities.

The core user facilities at CNSI develop and offer a wide array of cutting-edge instrumentation and technical expertise not readily available elsewhere within the United States. These shared, open-access facilities enable a broad range of scientific research across the UCLA campus involving faculty from the schools of medicine, engineering, public health, the life sciences, and the physical sciences and facilitate multidisciplinary collaborative research with industry leading to new innovations with impact on health and medicine, energy, the environment, and information technology.

Presentation overviews will be given by lab directors in the auditorium, followed by demonstrations in the labs.

Thursday, February 17th
9:00 a.m. – Breakfast and Registration – CNSI Lobby
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Core Lab Presentations – CNSI Auditorium
11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Core Lab Tours & Demonstrations – Levels A, B, 2
1:00 p.m. – Lunch – CNSI Lobby

For a full agenda and list of speakers, visit the CNSI events page.



Introduction to Confocal Raman Microscopy and Imaging

The workshop will provide a detailed introduction to the principles and instrumental considerations of confocal Raman microscopy and imaging. Our application experts will review how Raman microscopy can be applied to provide detailed molecular identification and environmental characterization with a spatial resolution from a few microns down to tens of nanometers. Applications covered will include studies of nanomaterials, bio-sciences, pharmaceuticals, forensics, polymers and geo-sciences. Recent advances in hyphenated Raman spectroscopy coupling Raman measurements with AFM and fluorescence imaging will be described in detail. The lectures will inform the audience of the powerful possibilities of Raman spectroscopy and will be followed by hands on demonstrations where participants will have the opportunity to try the technique on their own samples.

February 9, 2011, 9:00 – 5:00 PM

Dr. Andrew Whitley
Dr. Whitley is the Vice President of Sales at HORIBA Scientific, Edison, NJ.
Emmanual Leroy
Mr. Leroy is the Raman Development Manager at HORIBA Scientific, Edison, NJ.

The workshop is free, but advanced registration is required due to the limited number of places available. To register, please send your contact information to Charles Higgins ( or call 760.804.0987.

Workshop flyer

“Nanoparticle Measurement and Cytometry using Microchannel Resonators” 

KEN BABCOCK, Affinity Biosensors, Santa Barbara, CA
Jan 14, 2011, 1:00 PM, CNSI Presentation Space & NPC Lab

Microchannel resonators are MEMs-fabricated, vacuum-packaged fluidic microchannels whose mechanical resonant frequency changes in response to the mass they contain.  With femtogram (10-15 g) resolution, these sensors can measure the mass, density, and size of individual micro- and nano-scale particles with resolution and accuracy that surpasses mature technologies such as light scattering.  This talk will survey the capabilities and applications of this technology for nanoparticle characterization, as well as efforts underway to push the mass sensitivity toward nanoparticles and viruses as small as 10 nm.  In addition, gentle fluidics allow measurement of living bacteria, algae, and mammalian cells with resolution far beyond conventional methods such as the Coulter counter.  Monitoring the growth of individual cells is enabling fundamental studies of the cell cycle, cancer, and drug susceptibility.

 Demonstration to follow.