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Professional Development

VINSE offers a variety of workshops and short courses each year. Attendance is open to the technical community and is not limited to Vanderbilt or VINSE users.  Email VINSE for any questions about professional development.

List of course offerings:

Atomic Force Microscopy

These Bruker sessions provide in-depth detail and instruction on specific "mini-topics". These courses focus on the understanding of common and advanced AFM modes on the Bruker Dimension Icon system. Bruker Online Training

CAD & Printing Services

Need to design a pattern, photomask or 3D object?  VINSE has the CAD software to assist you.  The design PC in pre-gown has AutoCAD and L-Edit available and is free to use for VINSE facility users.  Additionally, VINSE has information and tutorials available for photomask design using these software.  Once your design is complete, contact VINSE to have your photomask printed using our Bungard Filmstar Photoplotter or Heidelberg uPG101 Laser Writer.  3D designs can be printed using our Prusa SL1 or Prusa i3 MK2s printers.

Electron Microscopy

Electron microscopy is a critical component for the characterization of material and biological specimens at the nanoscale. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) both use electron beams to reveal structure, but in very different ways. Although these instruments have been made very accessible with the help of software, users must understand the mechanisms behind image formation to properly interpret their images. This two-day short course will blend accessible lectures with hands-on experience operating both the Zeiss Merlin SEM and the Tecnai Osiris advanced analytical TEM/STEM. After completing this course, users will know how best to operate both instruments to get the most information and achieve the best possible images. Specific techniques include secondary electron vs. backscattered electron imaging, bright field/dark field TEM, STEM and analytical SEM and STEM using energy dispersive spectroscopy. 

December 19-20, 2022 | REGISTER    
$75 Vanderbilt Users; $75 External Academic and Non-Profit Users; $200 Industry and For-Profit Users

Microfluidic Device Fabrication  

Microfluidic devices can enable “labs on chips” that consume less reagents and have faster analysis times than similar experiments performed in a traditional lab environment.  Applications of microfluidic devices include portable sensors for point-of-care analysis, molecular and cell biology studies, and high-throughput multiplexed assays.  This short course will introduce the techniques behind the fabrication of microfluidic devices.  It will be structured to assume no prior knowledge of the technologies by the participants.  It will include an overview of microfabrication and microfluidics, photolithography, soft lithography, polymers, microfluidic device design, and microfluidic device applications.  Students will fabricate a PDMS-glass microfluidic device inside the VINSE cleanroom with sessions broken down into SU-8 mold fabrication, PDMS mixing and pouring, and device cutting, bonding and testing.   

December 19-20, 2022 | REGISTER
$150 Vanderbilt Users; $150 External Academic and Non-Profit Users; $600 Industry and For-Profit Users