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TEM of Sensitive Organic Materials
Apr. 24, 2015

TEM of Sensitive Organic Materials

In this article the adaption of a scanning-nanobeam diffraction technique for the transmission electron microscope (ASTAR system) to beam-sensitive organic materials will be discussed. This method not only offers additional functionality for the nanoscale characterization of organic films but is inherently advantageous for materials that are prone to beam-induced structural changes. As example of co-deposited films of pentacene (PEN) and perfluoropentacene (PFP) grown on KCl(100) were used.
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Feb. 04, 2015

In Situ TEM: Observing Shell Growth Thanks to 'Ion Sponge'

Dutch and American researchers are able to observe the formation of shells in real time on a nanometer scale thanks to a new electron microscopy technique. This enabled them for the first time to see how pieces of polymer act as ‘ion sponges' - thereby confirming a 30-year-old theory. The required ions are absorbed so that crystals are only formed at these specific locations. The researchers publish their result today in Nature Materials.
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Transformations Revealed by Dynamic TEM
Jan. 02, 2015

Transformations Revealed by Dynamic TEM

Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscopy, a photo-emission TEM technique, is emerging as a tool for studying rapid transformations in materials. The technique enables electron imaging and diffraction on the nanosecond and microsecond scale, allowing kinetic characterization of processes that cannot be resolved with other microscopic techniques. Examples are shown for laser crystallization of amorphous phase change materials and semiconductors. Application to metals, alloys, and other materials are described.
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Transmission Electron Microscopy: Visualizing for the First Time the Open Form of the Cohesin Complex
Nov. 24, 2014

Transmission Electron Microscopy: Visualizing for the First Time the Open Form of the Cohesin ...

The cohesin molecule ensures the proper distribution of DNA during cell division. Scientists at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna can now prove the concept of its carabiner-like function by visualizing for the first time the open form of the complex by using a Transmission Electron Microscope. The results have been published in Science.
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Examining Materials in Liquids Using Transmission Electron Microscopy
Sep. 08, 2014

Examining Materials in Liquids Using Transmission Electron Microscopy

Accurately examining materials in liquids using electron microscopy is a difficult task for scientists, as electron beams perturb the sample and induce artifacts. This is especially true when using in situ liquid transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning TEM (STEM) to probe nanomaterials. Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and University of California, Davis demonstrated that in in situ liquid experiments, the choice of electron beam energy has a strong effect that goes far beyond merely increasing the concentration of reducing radicals. They also found that when compared to solid samples, radicals formed in the liquid phase are more mobile, and ultimately dictate the choice of TEM imaging mode.
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Dual-Beam Microscope Will Allow High-Resolution Look Inside Cells
Aug. 15, 2014

Dual-Beam Microscope Will Allow High-Resolution Look Inside Cells

The University of California, San Diego's Nanofabrication Cleanroom Facility (Nano3) is the first institution to obtain a novel FEI Scios dual-beam microscope, with an adaptation for use at cryogenic temperatures. The new microscope will enable research among a highly diverse user base, ranging from materials science to structural and molecular biology.
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TEM Sample Preparation of Nanoparticles in Suspensions
Jul. 07, 2014

TEM Sample Preparation of Nanoparticles in Suspensions

Nanomaterials are of significant economic interest with a global market value of roughly 20 billion €, which is expected to rise to 2 trillion € by 2015 [1]. For commercial use, the European Union provides the following recommended definition: "‘Nanomaterial' means a natural, incidental or manufactured material containing particles, in an unbound state or as an aggregate or as an agglomerate and where, for 50% or more of the particles in the number size distribution, one or more external dimensions is in the size range 1 nm-100 nm" [2].
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New Book: Ultrastructure Atlas of Human Tissues
Jun. 30, 2014

New Book: Ultrastructure Atlas of Human Tissues

Ultrastructure Atlas of Human Tissues presents a variety of scanning and transmission electron microscope images of the major systems of the human body. Photography with the electron microscope records views of the intricate substructures and microdesigns of objects and tissues, and reveals details within them inaccessible to the naked eye or light microscope. Many of these views have significance in understanding normal structure and function, as well as disease processes. This book offers a unique and comprehensive look at the structure and function of tissues at the subcellular and molecular level, an important perspective in understanding and combating diseases.
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Focused Low Energy-Argon Ion Milling
May. 19, 2014

Focused Low Energy-Argon Ion Milling

High energy focused ion beam (FIB) milling produces ion-induced damage into TEM samples and a certain amount of Ga ions implantation cannot be avoided. Additional polishing of FIB lamellae at low voltages can damage the sample further. To overcome these disadvantages, a low-energy Ar+-milling of a FIB lamellae can be applied [1,2]. In this work, we focus on TEM sample preparation of different thin films and interface structures using a combination of FIB with a focused low-energy Ar+-polishing.
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FEI Company Introduces Talos TEM
Dec. 25, 2013

FEI Company Introduces Talos TEM

The Talos TEM from FEI Company combines high-resolution and high-throughput TEM imaging with fast, precise and quatitative energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) analysis.
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