Strasbourg University is proudly boasting that it just installed the new JEM-2100F Field Emission Electron Microscope from JEOL, a firm from Tokyo, Japan. The device can zoom into the atomic level and help answer all kinds of questions about the nanomechanics.
From France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique:
The new microscope joins the instrumental platform of IPCM, a laboratory which is devoted to the study of nanomaterials and nanosciences, at scales going from the single molecule and agregates of several dozen atoms to organized nanostructures on surfaces and mono- and bi-dimensional objects.
This microscope is part of the electron microscopy platform of the Pôle matériaux et nanosciences Alsace, directed by Marc Drillon, director of IPCMS, which brings together 14 CNRS laboratories, 3 engineering schools and 2 innovation and technology transfer centers.
Relevant research topics include nanostructures for spin electronics, functional nanoparticles, polymers and hybrid materials, carbon materials, controlled porosity materials for catalysis and biomaterials.
The new microscope (JEOL 2100F) makes it possible to map the position of atoms within matter, to determine their nature and study in-situ the properties of nano-objects. Several functions enhance its performance:
aberration correctors, which improve the signal to noise ration in scanning mode (resolution of 0,11 nm), at a cost of 800,000 euros. two rotating specimen holdrs, for three dimensional imaging. electron energy loss spectroscopy, which quantitatively analyzes the chemical composition of the sample (resolution of 0,2 nm).
The total cost of the project includes the microscope (2.03 M€) as well as the installation of the locale and the instrument (0.35 M€).
Press release: Nanosciences : Strasbourg equipped with one of the best-performing microscopes in Europe …
Product page: JEM-2100F Transmission Electron Microscope ….
Bottom image: Growth of a carbon nanotube on a cobalt crystal.