Established in 2006, the Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory, CHANL, is a vital part of the Department of Applied Physical Sciences, operating a shared instrumentation laboratory used by researchers in academia, government, and industry.
This laboratory provides cost-effective access to a suite of characterization and fabrication equipment often unavailable in individual research labs, along with expertise and technical resources that assist researchers in designing experimental plans, acquiring appropriate data, and interpreting data. CHANL equipment is used by faculty and students across campus and by researchers around the Triangle. CHANL includes 20 major pieces of equipment, employs 4 full-time staff members, and serves over 300 users per year. CHANL also promotes education by working closely with students and post-doctoral researchers to provide instrument training and foster a collaborative environment essential to innovation and accomplishment.
Students and faculty also have access to a wide variety of facilities located in various science departments in the College of Arts & Sciences and across the health affairs Schools, including facilities for NMR, computer modeling and computer graphics, confocal microscopy, electron microscopy (SEM, TEM, and STEM), FIB, glass shop, machine shop, laser lab, mechanical testing, mass spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction.
Additional equipment is located in individual research laboratories, including equipment for thermal analysis; polymer synthesis; FTIR, UV-Vis, Raman, and photoluminescence spectroscopy; ellipsometry; CVD; MBE; thermal oxidation; AFM; electrical measurements; nonlinear optics; and low temperatures and high pressures. Facilities at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and MCNC in Research Triangle Park are also available. Students are not limited to working only on the UNC campus and routinely engage in research projects that involve off-site research projects.