Cryo Transmission Electron Microscopy

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 to: Jacques Dubochet, University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Joachim Frank, Columbia University, New York, USA; and Richard Henderson, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK, “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.” We are the only facility in Styria which is successfully using cryo transmission electron microscopy. This method is increasingly becoming a mainstream technology for studying the architecture of cells, viruses, lipid nanocarriers, [...]

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Innovation Agent

April 2016 SMEs usually have to face manifold challenges, be it: customer relations, production, marketing, resources etc. No wonder innovation is not amongst the first challenges to be addressed. The Danish Technological Institute (DTI) offers so called innovation checks to companies where fresh minds may be helpful to develop prospects and detect innovation potential. The ACR visited the DTI during a study trip in 2015 and was inspired by this programme.               The two Danish trainers Knud Erik Hilding-Hamann [...]

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Congratulations to Jakob Schaller

April 2016   Jakob Schaller started his apprenticeship in our chemical lab at FELMI 3,5 years ago. He showed a lot of interest and passed his exams including the general qualification for university entrance (Matura) with good results or with distinction. His very final exam (LAP, Lehrabschlussprüfung) took place three weeks ago, which he passed with distinction as well. We wish you all the best for your future!     The training for the Chemical Lab Technician includes: preparing samples for SEM and TEM analyses [...]

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Wolf Prize Winner Harald Rose at FELMI-ZFE

March 2016 Rose (born 14th February 1935 in Bremen) received in 1964 his physics Diplom in theoretical electron optics under Otto Scherzer at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He spent several years in the United States of America (University of Chicago, Cornell, University of Maryland). From 1980 to his retirement in 2000 as professor emeritus, he was active at the University of Darmstadt in the Physics Department. At the end of the 1980s Rose succeeded in rendering atoms visible by fitting electron microscopes with “spectacles” [...]

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ASTEM – The Story Behind

The Austrian Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope – The Story Behind Aberration correction in electron microscopy Being able to see and analyse materials at atomic resolution, has been a strong motivation for improving the electron microscope. However, the resolution of the conventional transmission electron microscope (TEM) was limited to around 0.2 nanometre, which is slightly larger than the diameter of atoms. This limitation comes from the spherical aberrations of the magnetic lenses, which lead to a blurring of images. Although this deteriorating effect was already recognised [...]

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FEBIP 2016 in Vienna

During the last decade, Focused Electron Beam Induced Processing (FEBIP) has developed from a flexible bottom-up and top-down nano-fabrication method into a versatile 3D nano-printing tool which increasingly attracts attention from industry. In 2006 the first workshop on FEBIP was held in Delft, the Netherlands. After 5 successful events in Europe and the US, it was a pleasure to celebrate its 10th anniversary in Vienna, Austria. The programme reflected the latest developments: from fundamentals of FEBIP processes to new approaches and capabilities over applications in [...]

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Microworlds – Nanoworlds

Thank you very much for your interest in electron microscopy! The Lange Nacht der Forschung 2016 was a great evening. We are very happy that so many people came to learn more about electron microscopy. Some 180 visitors asked a lot of interesting questions.

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