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February 2015

 

Postdoctoral Scholar for Transmission Electron Microscopy - Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology is a new international research facility located in southern Japan, and seeks to recruit a qualified postdoctoral researcher for the Nanoparticles by Design research unit.
For more information, please click here.

January 2015

 

ACR- Award for Women in Science 2014

 

Congratulations to our colleague from the FELMI (Institute for Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis) in Graz, Dr. Mihaela ALBU, who has received the ACR-Award for Women in Science 2014, for the development of new analysis and evaluation methods using electron microscopy.

ACR is the Austrian Cooperative Research in Vienna. The price has been given awarded by the Austrian Vice Chancellor.

Interview with Mihaela Albu (in German).

 

L'Oreal -Unesco Awards For Women in Science


Congratulations to our colleague from the University of Cádiz, Dra Ana B. Hungría, who has been distinguished for her contribution on electron microscopy studies of catalysts for clean hydrogen production for fuel.

The L'Oreal-UNESCO Grant intends to give visibility to the best scientific works developed by women around the world.

For more information, check the following video: Interview with Ana Hungría

December 2014

 

The discovery of a new artificial 2D magnetic material opens new routes for Nanoelectronics

A new route for the synthesis of new bidimensional multifunctional materials confined in the defects separating different areas of the same material has just been published in Nature.


The structure and chemistry of this new material has been determined by atomic resolution images and chemical mapping obtained by aberration corrected STEM-EELS in the FEI Titan Low Base microscope at LMA (Zaragoza, Spain).

Research groups in The Netherlands, Spain, Germany, France and Argentina (some of them being part of the ESTEEM2 consortium), have discovered a new two-dimensional ferromagnetic material artificially manufactured in the planar defects (domain walls) of an oxide thin film, TbMnO3. These investigations, which have just been published in the scientific journal Nature, have been carried out in one of the aberration corrected TEM microscopes at the Laboratory of Advanced Microscopies (which offers access to some of its facilities within ESTEEM2 Transnational Access). The work carried out in the probe corrected FEI Titan Low Base has revealed for the first time this new synthetic magnetic material and determined its physical and chemical properties with atomic resolution. This new material is synthesized in the small defects (domain walls) formed between areas with different orientation (twin domains) in a film of TbMnO3 perovskite multiferroic oxide. These defects stem from the tensions created by the adaptation of the film to a particular substrate. This approach, called strain engineering, creates the adequate conditions for this domain walls to act as "nanoreactors" for the synthesis of this new 2D ferromagnetic phase.

The crystal structure of this new phase has been resolved by atomic resolution HAADF-STEM imaging and the chemical composition of the defect has been determined by atomically resolved STEM-EELS spectrum imaging. This study has evidenced that this new 2D synthetic oxide is atomic-thick and it is composed of a very precise alternation of terbium and manganese atoms. This exotic chemical ordering contributes to release the strong epitaxial strain introduced by coherent growth of TbMnO3 on strontium titanate substrates and, more importantly, induces the strongly localized ferromagnetism at low temperature in the domain walls between antiferromagnetic (and ferroelectric) domains. Depending on the film thickness, the number of domain walls that host this new material can be tuned to present a high density of these atomic structures down to a minimum separation of 5 nanometers. These ingredients open up a new scenario for the development of ultra-high density memory devices in which 2D structures of this type synthesized by this route can be used as information bits in Nanoelectronic devices. It also triggers the possibility of exploring the synthesis of similar materials with other functionalities (conductive, ferroelectric, superconducting, etc.).

More information:

"Artificial chemical and magnetic structure at the domain walls of an epitaxial oxide"
Farokhipoor, S. Magen, C. Venkatesan, S., Iniguez, J., Daumont, C. J. M., Rubi, D., Snoeck, E., Mostovoy, M., de Graaf, C., Muller, A., Doblinger, M., Scheu, C. and Noheda, B.
Nature 515, 379-383, (2014)

 

 

 

The last newsletter of 2014 is available!

This one brings you information on the infrastructures made available for TA by Zaragoza, the research made by the Theory and computation Networking Activity, as well as the latest news.

ESTEEM2 Newsletter - Issue 8

We hope you enjoy it!

 

November 2014

 

StAR-M: Stuttgart Atomic Resolution Microscopy Symposium

 

The Stuttgart Center for Electron Microscopy is pleased to announce the inauguration ceremony for its two new Cs-corrected JEOL JEM-ARM200F microscopes, scheduled for 15-16 December 2014.

The event will be accompanied by a Symposium on Atomic Resolution Microscopy − a two-day program of invited speakers discussing the latest results and developing techniques.

Lab tours to see the two new TEMs in operation will be arranged throughout the symposium for all who are interested.

For more information please visit: StAR-M: Stuttgart Atomic Resolution Microscopy Symposium

October 2014

 

The Advanced Microscopy Laboratory (LMA) has become an official Spanish ICTS

October 2014

One of the members of the consortium, the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory (LMA) located at the Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon (INA), has been acknowledged as a Singular Scientific-Technical Installation  (ICTS - Infraestructura Científica y Tecnológica Singular) by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

This award recognizes major Spanish scientific facilities for its great strategic importance for the development of R&D in Spain. In this case, the LMA has been highlighted by the uniqueness of their instruments for the nanofabrication and nanocharacterization of advanced materials at the atomic scale, for the scientific excellence of researchers and the high impact of its work.

Thanks to this recognition, the LMA and the National Centre of Electron Microscopy (located at Madrid) will both be part of the Integrated Infrastructure of Material Electronic Microscopy.

 

September 2014

 

The 7th ESTEEM2 newsletter is available!

Continue reading and you will find information on the infrastructures made available by Stuttgart and Dresden, the latest research made by the Optimizing EM sample preparation Networking Activity and the upcoming events.

ESTEEM2 Newsletter - Issue 7

Happy ESTEEM2 reading!

 

 

 

Taking place this month: AdSTEM 2014 - European Workshop on Quantitative STEM Imaging, EELS and EDXS

 

September 29 to October 3, 2014

http://eventgrids.com/events/2014_adstem

2nd AdSTEM workshop will be held in Piran, Slovenia from September 29 to October 3, 2014. The workshop is organized jointly by the Jožef Stefan Institute and ESTEEM2.

AdSTEM 2014 is targeted at doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and already experienced microscopists. The program of the workshop will be divided into the following three modules:
-  Experimental and quantitative STEM (BF, ADF, HAADF, ABF)
-  Experimental and quantitative core-loss and low-loss EELS
-  Experimental and quantitative EDXS

At the workshop, particular attention will be given to the implementation and applications of the above-mentioned techniques. This will be realized through tutorial and practical sessions on computers. The data-evaluation approaches and the choice of the appropriate evaluation software will be described for various case-study data sets. The participants will be guided by tutors during these practical sessions.

 

 

Do you want to meet part of the ESTEEM2 consortium?

ESTEEM2 Scientific Meeting, Oxford (25-26 September 2014)

 

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Special thanks to Prof. Rafal E. Dunin-Borkowski for the picture!

 

 

The number of publications acknowledging ESTEEM2 keep growing!

The complete list of publications published so far can be checked at the Outreach - Publications section of the website and is nearly 150.

 

 

July 2014

 

Taking place this month: ESTEEM2 Electron Crystallography Workshop 2014

 22-25 July 2014

http://www.ecryst2014.msm.cam.ac.uk/

 

Under the auspices of the European network ESTEEM2, the Electron Microscopy Group of the University of Cambridge is hosting a workshop on electron crystallography. This workshop will showcase the latest developments in the theory and application of electron crystallography with topics including precession electron diffraction (PED), convergent beam electron diffraction (CBED), ptychography, structure solution and structure refinement methods (direct methods, charge flipping, etc), high resolution imaging and orientation mapping.

The workshop format will be in a ‘Gordon conference’ style with invited lectures in the morning and special lectures in the evening, leading to informal discussion over dinner. Afternoons are kept free for further discussion, academic visits or excursions around the local area. Scientific contributions in the form of posters are encouraged and there will be a dedicated poster session on one of the Workshop evenings.

The workshop is organized as part of the European Union collaboration "Enabling Science and Technology through European Electron Microscopy (ESTEEM2). 2014 is the IUCr / UNESCO International Year of Crystallography.

The workshop will be held at Downing College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge, situated in the historic centre of the city.

 

 

 

14th TEM-UCA European Summer Workshop

 14-18 July 2014

http://www2.uca.es/dept/cmat_qinor/catalisis/tem-uca/home.htm

The TEM-UCA Summer Workshop “Transmission Electron Microscopy of Nanomaterials” will be held at University of Cádiz from 14th to 18th July 2014. This Workshop will be devoted to review the advancements of Transmission Electron Microscopy, both imaging and spectroscopic techniques, in the characterization of a wide range of nanomaterials.

During the morning, the speakers (5 lectures, see program) will illustrate how TEM techniques as High Resolution Electron Microscopy, High Angle Annular Dark Field imaging in STEM mode, Electron Tomography, Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy, and Cs corrected TEM studies can be combined to obtain structural and chemical information of the analysed materials at the atomic scale. Examples will illustrate the practical aspects of nanomaterials characterization and its applications in different fields.

During the afternoon, the participants will participate at computer labs in which they will get trained in the practical use of different software applications in the field of TEM. The topics covered in these computers labs will be the following: 

- High Resolution Electron Microscopy (HREM): Image Processing and Image Simulation

- Modeling and HREM image simulation of nanoparticles

- Electron Tomography

- Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS)

During the workshop, the participants will also have the chance of discussing their data, asking questions and receiving suggestions by Poster Discussion Forums. This is a good opportunity for all of us to progress in our understanding of materials properties and electron microscopy techniques. The Workshop is limited to a maximum number of 20 attendees. If you are currently working or interested in the field of nanomaterials and their characterization by TEM, send your preregistration as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you in Cádiz, the most ancient city in Occident.

 

 

 

6th biennial Summer School on Advanced Topics in Aberration-Corrected STEM

 4-7 July 2014 (SuperSTEM Daresbury)

 http://www.superstem.org/events/summerschool2014

 

The summer school builds on the established series of schools and workshops  held at SuperSTEM every two years. This year's school moves its focus to Advanced Topics in Aberration-Corrected Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy. It is organised as a post-conference satellite event to mmc2014 and is part funded by ESTEEM2.

The talks and practicals will cover topics including: principles of aberration correction and diagnosis, advanced imaging theory, instrumentation design and advanced optics, quantitative image analysis, spectroscopies, simulation of images and EELS spectra.

Lectures will be complemented by practicals in small groups (5-6 people), including hands on operation of the SuperSTEM instruments and introduction to advanced analysis software such as HyperSpy and Jitterbug.

The workshop is intended for PhD students, post-doctoral researchers as well as academics that have an existing background in electron microscopy.

The SuperSTEM Summer School was made possible in part through the generous support of the ESTEEM2 network, Nion Co. and HREM Research Inc.

 

 

June 2014

 

Taking place this month: Holo Workshop

 

10-12 June 2014, Dresden

 

http://tu-dresden.de/die_tu_dresden/fakultaeten/fakultaet_mathematik_und_naturwissenschaften/fachrichtung_physik/isp/tbg/holoworkshop/holo_workshop

 

 

May 2014

 

Networking strategies of the microscopy community for improved utilisation of advanced instruments

Two European initiatives to support TEM infrastructures and promote electron microscopy over Europe, ESTEEM (2006–2011) and ESTEEM 2 (2012–2016)

 

From ESTEEM to ESTEEM2

The ESTEEM consortium of electron microscopy laboratories for materials science and solid-state physics has been created as an EU-supported delocalized infrastructure (I3) to bring together the major electron microscopy centres in Europe. Its main objectives were to develop networking, to offer transnational access to these centres with specialized and complementary techniques and skills and to upgrade in close collaboration different technical and methodological aspects such as tomography, spectroscopy, holography, detectors, and specimen holders. These efforts were aimed to strengthen the position of European microscopy and to generate new technologies potentially of high relevance in many domains identified as strategic. Following the success of the first program, ESTEEM has been reconducted in 2012 for four more years with an enlarged set of partners.

 

April 2014

 

Taking place this month: European Workshop on Spatially-Resolved Electron Spectroscopy

23-25 April 2014, Graz

http://portal.tugraz.at/portal/page/portal/felmi/Three%20Country%20Workshop

The format of the meeting is largely tailored to students, giving them the possibility to engage deeper with the techniques presented. All invited talks from renowned experts in the field, will therefore have strong tutorial character. Thematically, the focus of the invited talks will be on electron energy-loss spectroscopy (valence eels, core-loss and ELNES), EFTEM as well as STEM imaging, aberration correction and a bit of x-ray spectroscopy. In addition, practical labs in the form of computer and microscope sessions will take place, helping to consolidate the understanding.

 

 

ESTEEM2 Electron Crystallography workshop in Cambridge

 22-25 July 2014

http://www.ecryst2014.msm.cam.ac.uk/

Under the auspices of the European network ESTEEM 2, the Electron Microscopy Group of the University of Cambridge is hosting a workshop on electron crystallography. This workshop will showcase the latest developments in the theory and application of electron crystallography with topics including precession electron diffraction (PED), convergent beam electron diffraction (CBED), ptychography, structure solution and structure refinement methods (direct methods, charge flipping, etc), high resolution imaging and orientation mapping.

The workshop format will be in a ‘Gordon conference’ style with invited lectures in the morning and special lectures in the evening, leading to informal discussion over dinner. Afternoons are kept free for further discussion, academic visits or excursions around the local area. Scientific contributions in the form of posters are encouraged and there will be a dedicated poster session on one of the Workshop evenings.

The workshop is organized as part of the European Union collaboration "Enabling Science and Technology through European Electron Microscopy (ESTEEM2). 2014 is the IUCr / UNESCO International Year of Crystallography.

The workshop will be held at Downing College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge, situated in the historic centre of the city.

 

March 2014

 

Job opportunities outside the ESTEEM2 consortium

 

Two post-docs positions at INL, a non-profit international research center located in Braga – Portugal.

 

 

Curious to see where our Transnational Access visits come from?

The map of organisations that have benefited from Transnational Access is available here.

 

 

ESTEEM2 at Nature Physics

As promised, here we are at Nature Physics!

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February  2014

 

ESTEEM2 at Nature Nanotechnology

Did you read our advert at Nature Nanotechnology? You will get a new chance in a few days... be aware of Nature Physics at March 2014.

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Slides displayed at ESTEEM2 workshops / schools

Did you attend one of the ESTEEM2 workshops or schools? The slides are available at the workshops menu of the website.

 

December 2013

European School on Advanced TEM Sample Preparation

 From 2nd to 6th December 2013 - Stuttgart - Germany

 www.is.mpg.de/8324214/ESTEEM2Flyer.pdf

This school will be focused on advanced techniques for preparation of TEM samples. It will cover ion milling under low incidence and low accelerating voltage, wedge-cleavage technique, cryo-ultramicrotomy and automated tripod polishing. It includes lectures by StEM scientists and guest speakers, lab equipment demonstrations and practical work. The number of participants is limited to 20.

 

November 2013

Universiteit Antwerpen goes behind the science on National Geographic

Behind the Science offers a unique, “behind-the-scenes” look at some of the ground-breaking research conducted at the University of Antwerp.

IN BETWEEN ATOMS

Take a look inside the atomic structure of materials with one of the world’s most powerful microscope. And discover how a precious metal like gold could alter the future of medical science. This microscope at the University of Antwerp makes it possible to get a crystal clear look at the size and shape of gold nanoparticles. And that is important because these minute particles can only be used in the fight against cancer if they have the right size and shape. However this microscope has a lot more to offer. It is invaluable for a broad range of research fields.

October 2013

PICO - The (r)evolution of electron microscopy

With the help of the best electron microscopes of our times, at the Ernst Ruska-Centre (ER-C) researchers are able to model and examine in great detail the arrangement of atoms in a material.  This is of crucial importance for advances in solid state physics and nanotechnology, as the interplay of atoms determines the properties of materials as well as components and circuits.  The PICO is able to correct not just spherical aberrations but also another type of lens defect – known as chromatic aberration – and in doing so is able to achieve a record resolution of 50 billionths of a millimetre. This video shows how the PICO works.

Read more about “PICO” (Advanced Picometre Resolution Project)

 

4th Stanislaw Gorczyca School on TEM Basics
and Advanced Sample Preparation

From 1st to 4th October 2013 - Kraków - Poland

www.tem.agh.edu.pl/ESTEEM2School2013

The scope of the School includes lectures and practical sessions focused on TEM basics and specimen preparation techniques applied mainly to materials science and physics. The lectures and practicals will be given by external experts and AGH-UST staff. The School will also be aimed to promote the opportunities of the ESTEEM2 project as an Integrated European Infrastructure.

 

September 2013

ESTEEM2 at the EUROMAT  Congress (Seville - 9th to 13rd September 2013)

Are you attending the European Congress and Exhibition on Advanced Materials and Processes? Do not hesitate to visit the commercial exhibition and our booth!

You will find more information on the Congress at the EUROMAT website.

August 2013

 

Creation of a webpage to support NanoFactory users

On 11 April 2013 Nanofactory Instruments AB was declared bankrupt and bought shortly after. Since it is not yet known if and how the purchaser will continue to sell in situ holders and spare parts, a group was started in order to create a place for owners and users of the Nanofactory in situ TEM systems to ask and answer questions, or in any other possible way help one another out.

The Nanofactory User Group maintains a non-profit community web page created by Ludvig de Knoop, who worked 5 years at Nanofactory Instruments AB in Gothenburg (Sweden) and who at the moment is finishing his PhD at CEMES-CNRS in Toulouse (France). To contact him, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

July 2013

 

13th TEM-UCA European Summer School

From 8th to 12th July 2013

www.uca.es/tem-uca

The TEM-UCA Summer School “Transmission Electron Microscopy of Nanomaterials” was held at University of Cádiz from 8th to 12th July 2013. This School was devoted to review the advancements of Transmission Electron Microscopy, both imaging and spectroscopic techniques, in the characterization of a wide range of nanomaterials.

June 2013

 

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft receives 2013 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation

Foundation recognizes the German research organisation's intensive efforts in strengthening international cooperation.

Prestigious prize: the Prince of Asturias Award is regarded as the Spanish equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

For more information, please visit the MPG site: http://www.mpg.de/en

Congratulations!

 

EMAT School
on Transmission Electron Microscopy

From 10th to 21st June 2013 - Antwerp - Belgium

http://ematworkshop.ua.ac.be/
A complete training on HRTEM, TEM spectroscopy, or TEM on sensitive materials, focused on hands-on experience.
New from this year: TEM on sensitive materials

The school is organized in the framework of ESTEEM2, ESMI, IFOX, the IAP network on  “Functional supramolecular systems” and the COST action on “Nanostructured materials for solid-state hydrogen storage”. A state-of-the-art training in Transmission Electron Microscopy at the highest level is provided. Lectures will be given by staff members of the EMAT research group and special topics are covered by guest lecturers. The main focus of the school is to provide practical experience with a broad range of TEM instruments. We offer the choice between 3 different modules, “High resolution TEM, TEM Spectroscopy” or “TEM on sensitive materials”, preceded by a workshop on “Basic TEM”.

May 2013

 

QEM 2013
Quantitative Electron Microscopy

From 13th May to 24th May 2013 - Saint-Aygulf - France

http://www.qem2013.fr/index.php
School devoted to advanced electron microscopy users.

Transmission Electron Microscopy is still improving and is being continuously implemented with new quantitative techniques. Since 2009, vortex beams, charge counting and EDX atomic resolution among other new fundamental or technical developments have been brought to the microscopy community. QEM is a a unique occasion for advanced users to learn and find out about new breakthroughs around Transmission Electron Microscopy.

The lectures will provide an exhaustive overview of up-to-date TEM techniques including mapping of elementals, strains and electromagnetic fields, four dimensions microscopies, and timely instrumental developments.

April 2013

 

Professor Sir Peter Hirsch opens the 18th Microscopy of Semiconducting Materials Meeting.

The conference focused on the most recent advances in the study of the structural and electronic properties of semiconducting materials by the application of transmission and scanning electron microscopy. The latest developments in the use of other important microcharacterisation techniques including scanning probe microscopy and X-ray topography and diffraction were also featured. Developments in materials science and technology covering the complete range of elemental and compound semiconductors were described.

Professor Sir Peter Bernhard Hirsch FRS is a leading figure in British materials science who has made fundamental contributions to the application of transmission electron microscopy to metals.

 March 2013

 

The CEMES-CNRS edits a book on
Transmission Electron Microscopy in Micro-nanoelectronics

Today, the availability of bright and highly coherent electron sources and sensitive detectors has radically changed the type and quality of the information which can be obtained by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). TEMs are now present in large numbers not only in academia, but also in industrial research centers and fabs.
This book presents in a simple and practical way the new quantitative techniques based on TEM which have recently been invented or developed to address most of the main challenging issues scientists and process engineers have to face to develop or optimize semiconductor layers and devices. Several of these techniques are based on electron holography; others take advantage of the possibility of focusing intense beams within nanoprobes. Strain measurements and mappings, dopant activation and segregation, interfacial reactions at the nanoscale, defect identification and specimen preparation by FIB are among the topics presented in this book. After a brief presentation of the underlying theory, each technique is illustrated through examples from the lab or fab.

http://www.iste.co.uk/index.php?f=a&ACTION=View&id=529