The Nanoscience in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Research Community (Nano EES-RC) of the NSF-sponsored National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) is convening our second annual workshop on May 16-17, with optional “Office Hours with Experts” sessions on May 18.

This workshop will demonstrate the practical aspects of applying the tools and knowledge of nanoscience to study planetary and environmental samples, in the form of two holistic case studies. Specifically, the focus will be on using electron imaging, spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction methods to study natural materials at the nanoscale. The workshop content will be presented as two case studies: 1) nanoparticles in sediments collected from an active drinking water reservoir, and 2) nanoscale structures in a meteorite sample. Topics to be covered include sample collection in the field, sample preparation/preservation, and instrumental data acquisition, reduction, and interpretation.

This workshop is designed for nano-novices in Earth, environmental, agricultural, water, geoscience, or related fields. Faculty, graduate students, post-docs, industry, and government-based professionals with a broad interest in nanoscience are encouraged to attend. Participation is free, but pre-registration is required by the May 13 deadline to facilitate scheduling and planning.

To learn more and register, please visit the workshop website:

The workshop is hosted by NanoEarth (The Virginia Tech National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology Infrastructure) in coordination with the MONT, NCI-SW, and nano@stanford NNCI sites.