The Center for Nanoscale Systems is a shared use core facility at Harvard University. Our scientific focus is the study, design, and fabrication of nanoscale structures and their integration into large and complex interacting systems.
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The Center for Nanoscale Systems is a shared use core facility at Harvard University. Our scientific focus is the study, design, and fabrication of nanoscale structures and their integration into large and complex interacting systems.
CNS Facilities
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  • FIB-4 FEI Helios Basic Training

    Mar 21 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Stephan Kraemer


  • CNS Safety Training

    Mar 22 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Jim Reynolds


  • SEC - AFM Training

    Mar 23 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Nicholas Colella

    SEC LL2.226

  • SEC - DSC Training

    Mar 24 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    Nicholas Colella

    SEC LL2.226

  • Denton E-beam Evaporator (EE-4) training

    Mar 27 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Ed Macomber

    LISE G07 (cleanroom); PVD Bay


08 Mar, 2023

Quantum@Harvard Seminar: Synthesis and Characterization of 2D Quantum Materials

Prof. Jing Kong, MIT

March 10th, 2023 12pm-1pm

Maxwell Dworkin 119


21 Feb, 2023

Quantum@Harvard seminar: Engineered quantum materials using van der Waals atomic layer heterostructures

February 24, 2023

12pm – 1pm

Maxwell Dworkin 119

Abstract: Over the last 50 years, two-dimensional (2D) electron systems have served as a key material platform for the investigation of fascinating quantum phenomena in engineered material systems. Recently, scientists have found that it is feasible to produce van der Waals (vdW) layered materials that are atomically thin. In these atomically thin materials, quantum physics enables electrons to move effectively only in a 2D space. Additionally, by stacking these 2D quantum materials, it is also possible to create atomically thin vdW heterostructures with an extensive range of interfacial electronic and optical properties. Novel 2D electronic systems realized in vdW atomic stacks have served as an engineered quantum material platform. In this presentation, we will discuss several research initiatives aimed at realizing emergent physical phenomena in stacked vdW interfaces between 2D materials.

About Speaker: Philip Kim is Professor of Physics and Professor Applied Physics at Harvard University. Professor Kim is a world leading scientist in the area of materials research. His research area is experimental condensed matter physics with an emphasis on physical properties and applications of nanoscale low-dimensional materials.  The focus of Prof. Kim’s group research is the mesoscopic investigation of transport phenomena, particularly, electric, thermal and thermoelectrical properties of low dimensional nanoscale materials.


Recent Publications

  • High-Temperature Thermal Magneto-Conductivity in Graphene Corbino

    Artem V Talanov, Jonah Waissman, Zhongying Yan, Takashi Taniguchi, Kenji Watanabe, Philip Kim

    APS March Meeting 2023, Abstract: Y20.00007

  • Visualization of bulk and edge photocurrent flow in anisotropic Weyl semimetals

    Yu-Xuan Wang, Xin-Yue Zhang, Chunhua Li, Xiaohan Yao, Ruihuan Duan, Thomas K. M. Graham, Zheng Liu, Fazel Tafti, David Broido, Ying Ran & Brian B. Zhou

  • Empowering metasurfaces with inverse design: principles and applications

    Z Li, R Pestourie, Z Lin, SG Johnson, F Capasso


  • Inverse design enables large-scale high-performance meta-optics reshaping virtual reality

    Zhaoyi Li, Raphaël Pestourie, Joon-Suh Park, Yao-Wei Huang, Steven G Johnson, Federico Capasso


  • Raspberry Colloid Templated Catalysts Fabricated Using Spray Drying Method

    Gabrielle Busto, Roza Wineh, Hediyeh Zamani, Elijah Shirman, Sissi Liu, Anna V. Shneidman and Tanya Shirman

    Catalysts 2023, 13, 60

  • Reducing the β-Ga2O3 Epitaxy Temperature to 240 °C via Atomic Layer Plasma Processing

    Saidjafarzoda Ilhom, Adnan Mohammad, John Grasso, Brian G Willis, Ali K Okyay, Necmi Biyikli

    ACS Appl. Electron. Mater. 2023, 5, 1, 335–343

  • (Abstract) ANOVA Investigation of Neural Network Aided Spurious Modes Reduction in Lithium Niobate MEMS Resonators

    Ryan Tetro, Luca Colombo, Matteo Rinaldi


  • Rapid post-eruptive maturation of porcine enamel

    Depalle Baptiste, Karaaslan Hakan, Obtel Nicolas, Gil-Bona Ana, Teichmann Maren, Mascarin Gabrielle, Pugach-Gordon Megan, Bidlack Felicitas B

    Frontiers in Vol 14.

  • Fluorinated zwitterionic polymers as dynamic surface coatings

    Le Zhou, Zhefei Yang, James Nicolas Pagaduan, and Todd Emrick

    Polym. Chem., 2023,14, 32-36

  • Tunable Mid-Infrared Interband Emission from Tensile-Strained InGaAs Quantum Dots

    Kevin D. Vallejo, Carlos I. Cabrera-Perdomo, Trent A. Garrett, Madison D. Drake, Baolai Liang, Kevin A. Grossklaus, and Paul J. Simmonds

    ACS Nano 2023, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX Publication Date:January 17, 2023


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The Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) at Harvard University was created with a very clear vision: To provide a collaborative multi-disciplinary research environment to support of the creation and evolution of world-class nanoscience and technical expertise, for the Harvard research community as well as the larger community of external researchers both from academia and industry.

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