Initial Publication Date: June 13, 2016

Annual MONT Users Meeting, 2016

Wednesday July 13, 8:00-1:00

Montana State University SUB Ballroom 235

This meeting has already taken place.


This is a community gathering to learn more about the new NSF-supported National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) MONT facility. We will provide information on the MONT facilities (Montana Microfabrication Facility, Imaging and Chemical Analysis Laboratory, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Mass Spectrometry facilities), opportunities to access the facility, and explore new research collaborations and networks with colleagues with complementary interests.

Who should attend:

This meeting is especially important for current users of MMF and ICAL (PIs, students and industrial users), to learn about changes on the horizon and to provide feedback about your user experience. We also invite researchers (faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, colleagues from the industrial sector) who are interested in learning more about nano-fabrication, characterization of natural and engineered nano-materials, and potential interactions with microbial life.

Hosted by:

MONT principal investigators and staff from MMF, ICAL, CBE, and MS facilities.


This meeting is free and open to all current users and researchers who are interested in using the MONT facility. But, we do need you to register to help plan the program. Please confirm your participation using this Registration Form. Registration deadline is Friday July 8, 2016. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Pre-Workshop User Satisfaction Survey

To help us better understand your experience as a current MONT user and your needs in nanotechnology and nanoscience, we ask that you respond to this Pre-Workshop User Satisfaction Survey before Friday, July 8.

Tentative Program

8-8:30am Continental breakfast; informal meet and greet session

Welcome to MONT

8:30am Welcome; MONT and NNCI; program overview

8:45-9:45am MONT facility updates (new people, new equipment, new procedures)

  • 8:45am MMF
  • 9:00am ICAL
  • 9:15am CBE
  • 9:30am MS

9:45-10:00am Break

Engage with MONT

10:00-10:30am Gallery Walk: Input from users to identify a) what is currently working well, b) what additional services are needed, c) how can we plan for the future to better support the diverse research interests and needs of MONT; Report out to whole group at end of session.

10:30-11:00am Birds of a Feather --small group discussions between users with common interests; network and collaboration opportunities; Report out to whole group.

11:00-11:15am Education and Outreach opportunities (Webinars, Training, SERC resources, outreach volunteerism, etc.)—opportunities for continued professional development.

11:15-11:30am Plans for streamlining reservations, operation and use logs; providing better access to MONT facilities

Future Directions-- Imagine what you can do at MONT

11:30-12:00pm Three profiles of recent MONT-related Projects (TBD)

12:00-1:00pm Working Lunch (provided by MONT) and Town Hall Meeting

  • Report of pre-workshop Users' Survey (Carolyn Plumb);
  • Whole group discussion to gather user priorities, concerns, new research directions and plans for future MONT program development
1:00pm Adjourn