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COVID-19 : NanoCenter Operations Information

Updated 6/8/2020

Please read our updates to our operations in FabLab, AIM Lab, and partner labs.

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The AIM Lab is dedicated to the characterization of the structure and composition of a broad spectrum of hard and soft materials and biological systems with nanometer resolution. These capabilities are used for research, and the teaching and training of students. The research performed in the laboratory is focused on the characterization of materials and structures in the areas of biomaterials, multifunctional and smart materials, nanostructured materials, nanodevices and geological materials.

Using the lab

If you are interested in using the instruments in the lab please complete the steps on the Become a User page. Additionally, introduce yourself to the AIMLab staff and discuss your project. This will allow us to understand your needs and develop a plan for your work or research.

Acknowledging NanoCenter and AIM Lab

The NanoCenter and AIMLab need your help! Acknowledging the support given by the NanoCenter in your presentations and publications help us out tremendously.

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COVID-19 Updates

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AIM Lab Specific Phase 1 Operation
This document details the specific procedures for researchers and staff working in the AIM lab.



The AIM Lab is operating under Phase 1: Limited Presence Re-opening. Please check this page for more detail and operation updates.

Users will not be able to reserve equipment at this time for AIM Lab. Please contact specific Staff member to make arrangements for using equipment.

A complete plan of use MUST be submitted to Staff AT LEAST 24 hours in advance.

Staff will make all reservations in order to limit users to Covid-19 safety protocol.


The lab is currently operating under Phase 1: Limited Presence.

Current hours are:
8:00am - 6:00pm
Monday - Friday
by appointment only.

AIMLab Contact Information


1237 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building


Wen-An Chiou

Director, AIMLab
301-405-0541 (office)
1234 Jeong H. Kim Bldg. #225

Philip Piccoli

Senior Research Scientist
301-405-6966 (office)
1109 Geology Building
University of Maryland

Sz-Chian Liou

Research Associate (Electron Microscopist)
301-405-0551 (office)
1237A Jeong H. Kim Bldg.

Colleges A. James Clark School of Engineering
The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

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