TEM Analysis and related fields blog

Here is where we will highlight the latest developments in electron microscopy, and provide profiles of companies in the electron microscopy, material's characterization and related fields.

December 10th, 2019 - A newly discovered Superconductor Material May Be the ‘Silicon of Quantum Computers’-A possible useful material to be used for building quantum computers has been discovered at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The scientists at NIST have found a superconductor that could go around the primary obstacles standing in the way of effective quantum logic circuits. The discovered new properties of the compound uranium ditelluride (UTe2), show that it may be highly resistant to one of the obstacles in quantum computer development — the difficulty with making such a computer’s memory storage switches, called qubits, work long enough to finish a computation before losing the delicate physical relationship that allows them to operate as a group. This relationship, called "quantum coherence", is hard to maintain because of interference from the real world. The compound’s strong resistance to magnetic fields makes it a unusual among superconducting (SC) materials, these materials offer many advantages for qubit design, especially their resistance to the errors that can easily derial quantum computating. UTe2’s properties may make it attractive to the infant quantum computer industry. NIST

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Sept. 1st, 2019 - A recent study examined the Biological Risk Potential of Carbon Nanoparticles. A collaborative research team from the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) studied the nature of carbon nanoparticles to determine whether they are harmful to organisms and how cells deal with them after they have been integrated into the cell. Results of the study were recently published in the Scientific Reports journal. The scientists used nanoparticles fabricated from graphene and the study indicated that the cells absorbed the nanoparticles and did not show significant changes when they were treated with nanoparticles. Azonano

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July 1st, 2019 - Scientists NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) have demonstrated “quantum squeezing” to amplify and measure trillionths-of-a-meter motions of a single trapped magnesium ion (electrically charged atom). NIST

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March 30th, 2019 - Theoretical physicist Philip Russell Wallace predicted graphene’s existence in 1947, but it was’t until the 1960s that scientists began looking for it in earnest. Forty years later, researchers Geim and Novoselov figured out how to isolate graphene with transparent tape and graphite (pencil lead). This gallery shows some beautiful Electron Micr scope images of graphene. Wired Magazine

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March 29th, 2019 - Electrospinning uses electric fields to control microscale and nanoscale fibers. This method is sound but tedious, expensive and time-consuming. Researchers from Michigan Technological University have devised a new way to grow nanofibers which involves growing cell cultures which reduces the time required for removing toxic chemicals and solvents. Azonano

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February 16th, 2019 - Azonano is the leading online nanotechnology publication. AZoNano is a well-written online publication highlighting new technology, developments and innovations in the field of Nanotechnology. Azonano

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December 4th, 2018 - NIST Study Resolves Fine Details of How Microscopic Machines Can Fail in the Blink of an Eye. NIST has developed a technique to study when and why micromachines fail. NIST


October 28th, 2018 - MIT nano. After six years of design and construction, MIT.nano officially opened its doors on Oct. 4, 2018, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. MIT.nano is an advanced open engineering facility that is open to the entire MIT community. The space is designed to encourage collaboration in nano science and nano engineering. MIT.nano


October 1st, 2018 - SIA TEM Cameras. TEM camera systems for materials research, biomedical applications, industrial testing, and teaching. They offer affordable instrumentation, including TEM cameras with no compromise in performance and reliability. SIA TEM Cameras.

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August 2nd, 2018 - Minitool Micro-precision Instruments. For 37 years Minitool has been selling and manufacturing precision instruments for the electronics industry. Now they have expanded their offerings for under microscope manipulation and investigation. Their tools are hand-crafted from the finest surgical steel and other quality materials for the finest microscopic tools available. They provide the microscopist with the ultimate in precise, microscopically-proportioned tools. Minitool, Inc.

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July 20th, 2018 - Gatan purchased by Thermo Fisher Scientific. In the continuing consolidation of the TEM suppliers market, Thermo Fisher Scientific has announced that it is purchasing Gatan, Inc. for almost a billion dollars. Gatan is a pioneering manufacturer of instrumentation and software that enhance and improve the operation and performance of electron microscopes, as well as equipment designed to produce high quality samples for electron microscopes, especially Transmission Electron Microscopes. The acquisition is expected to be finalized by the end of 2018. ASM International news

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June 5th, 2018 - Water Insulators. In a research collaboration, North Carolina State University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Texas A&M University have developed what some consider to be water insulators used for energy storage applications. In the project, researchers sandwiched water molecules between two materials, which enables higher power storage devices with higher efficiency. In essence, researchers developed a compound called crystalline tungsten oxide dehydrate. The compound consists of crystalline tungsten oxide layers, which are separated by thin layers of water. North Carolina State University News

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May 12th, 2018 - The Microscopy and Microanalysis annual meeting will be held on August 5-9 in Baltimore, Maryland for Microscopy & Microanalysis 2018. The annual meeting promises to be another great year with vendors displaying their new products and other innovations. The deadline for submitting papers has already passed, but there is still plenty of time to attend the world's most important annual meeting for microscopists. Microscopy and Microanalysis 2018 Meeting.


April 11th, 2018 - New Automated Electron Holography Simulation Florian Winkler from the Jülich Research Center in Germany and his colleagues have created a new analysis technique which allows researchers to derive atomic-resolution holographic images from materials using the transmission electron microscope (TEM). Physical Review Letters

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January 11th, 2018 - Protochips Protochips, a maker of In Situ TEM holders, grids and other microscopy applications and products announced the opening of their China affiliate, Protochips China. You can learn more about the products here: Protochips, an In-situ TEM holder and TEM grid supplier and microscopy applications supplier and specialist.

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December 30, 2017 - Gatan In-Situ Microscopy Gatan, Inc. offers a fantastic suite of products, including state-of-the-art TEM sample holders and TEM cameras that allow researchers to study in real-time, observation of growth processes, as well as chemical reactions and oxidation studies, irradiation effect studies, mechanical, magnetic, and ferroelectric properties analysis and study. You can learn more about the products here: Gatan In-Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy


November 11, 2017 - EMS Microscopy Academy Electron Microscopy Sciences wants you to join them at the EMS Microscopy Academy so you can learn the latest techniques to reveal internal structures of composites and polymers using TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy) and STEM utilizing ultramicrotomes and Diatome US diamond knives, as an alternative to FIB sample preparation. You can learn more about the product here: EMS Microscopy Academy

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August 24, 2017 - Hitachi High Technology Announced the release of a new FIB/SEM EthosS FIB-SEM that uses magnetic/electrostatic lenses that enables it to deliver advanced imaging performance. It also incorporates Hitachi's Anti-Curtaining Effect (ACE) technologies that suppress curtaining effects or striations during cross-section sample preparation. You can learn more about the product here: Hitachi High Technology

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August 23, 2017 - STAR Cryoelectronics An innovative company that fabricates and manufactures a multitude of cryoelectronic systems including a next generation microcal EDS system that offer very high count rates 10kcps and does not require the use expensive and inconvenient liquid nitrogen as well Superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUID) sensors. You can learn more about them here: STAR Cryoelectronics

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July 30, 2017 - Oregon Physics supports FIB instrument manufacturers and end-users in R&D and industry, with high quality advanced solutions related to FIB technology. including high performance electron and ion guns. They also supply consumable, yet custom parts, such as high performance aperture strips for the FEI FIB's. They also supply replacement FIB consumables for maintaining optimal FIB performance. Additionally, they have an Xe Plasma FIB contract lab, which is available to perform outside work. Their FIB delivers very fast ion beam milling rates, while maintaining the precision and beam placement accuracy inherent with conventional focused ion beams. You can learn more about them here: Oregon Physics

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July 30, 2017 - Nion STEM microscopes is a manufacturer of state of the art scanning-transmission electron microscopes (STEM's) with several unique features. Their column design is able to deliver better than 10nm resolution imaging as well as fast nanoanalysis using an atom-sized electron probe with > 0.5 nA of current. It can capable of producing high-quality diffraction patterns and conventional TEM images. Several models are available. Below is a typical STEM image. They are based in Kirkland, Wa. You can learn more about them here: Nion UltraSTEM Microscopes

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July 23, 2017 - Microscopy and Microanalysis is coming to St. Louis August 6-10. This is the annual week long meeting where scientists, technicians, university professors and students gather to learn, socialize and discuss all topics related to light, electron and other microscopies and microanalysis. There will thousands of attendees and scores of vendors at attendance. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in all things microscopy. For more information click here

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