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CTE Nanotechnology Initiative

Integrated science using Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology focuses on the characterization, fabrication, and manipulation of biological and nonbiological structures on the scale of 1-100 nanometers in size. Encompassing nanotechnology is nanoscience, nanoengineering and technology, as well as physics, chemistry, and biological sciences.

All CTE Students will gain an understanding of the role nanoproducts play and be able to identify nanoproducts already in use. They will understand the importance of material science and engineering in the development of new products and the career path to jobs in the nanotechnology field.

Students will have the opportunity to operate the JEOL 6010LA Scanning Electron Microscope SEM or the Phenom ProX SEM and use it to image, analyze, and manipulate materials at the nanoscale. They will also learn about sample preparation using a Cressington 108 Manual Sputter Coater.

Component school use of the SEM


  • Host teacher training workshops to introduce Nanotechnology.
  • Host component school science classes and introduce students to the world of Nanotechnology.
  • Schedule and prepare samples for remote sessions.




  • Bruker Contour GT-K 3D optical microscope


Located at the Olean CTE center


  • Bruker Dektak XT Stylus Profilometer


Located at the Ellicottville center


  • Temperature controlled Sample Holder for Phenom Pro X located at the Ellicottville center



CTE Center @ Belmont

The world's Fastest Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)

CTE Center @ Ellicottville

Phenom ProX

CTE Center @ Ellicottville & CTE Center @ Olean

Cressington 108 Sputter Coater

CTE Center @ Olean


Introduction to Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is a rapidly growing field of STEM that embraces concepts from biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics. It encompasses the manipulation of very small materials, called "nanomaterials".

Course goals include providing students with sufficient scientific and engineering knowledge necessary to understand:

  • The differences between nano and bulk scale
  • How to choose or design nanomaterials with desired properties for particular applications.
  • Using particular properties to invent products or solve problems.