CAMP Acquires Some New Equipment
CAMP recently acquired a new JEM-2010 Electron Microscope. This instrument is an analytical electron microscope which not only offers transmission electron microscope (TEM) images and diffraction patterns, but also incorporates a computer control system which integrates a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) image observation device and an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (JED-2300T).
CAMP also acquired a unique instrument which is a combination of three state-of-the-art microscopes: Scanning Laser Confocal Microscope (Nikon C1), Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM, Nanonics M100), and a Confocal Raman Spectrometer (Renishaw InVia). The combined microscopes make it possible to image materials at the highest resolution available and to obtain chemical information of the imaged areas with resolutions up to one micron in all three directions. Also the advanced assembly of four lasers allows for work with both inorganic and organic materials.
CAMP has access to a Bruker Avance 400 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer. The instrument includes high-powered amplifiers, signal generators, variable temperature controls, and solid state accessories. All of the data is collected and analyzed on a user - friendly Windows-based PC. Also the instrument's magnet features Bruker's new "Ultra-Shield" technology to minimize stray magnet field lines.
In addition, CAMP has ordered a CMP polishing tool with e-CMP capability. The machine, ordered from the Center for Tribology, Inc., serves for efficient process development and testing of consumable materials.
Research Associate Corina Goia (left) and graduate student Krishna Balantrapu working with the new Dimetrix inkjet printer.
NanoDynamics and Lockheed Jointly Sponsor Professor Goia’s Inkjet Printing Project
NanoDynamics Inc. ( Buffalo, NY) and Lockheed ( Syracuse, NY) have agreed recently to jointly sponsor Professor Dan Goia's research in developing stable dispersions of metallic nanoparticles that can be printed onto various substrates via 'direct writing' techniques. The goal of the research is to find ways to incorporate the highly dispersed Ag, Au, and Cu nanoparticles, already developed by Professor Goia's group and licensed by NanoDynamics, into inks that allow the deposition of electrically conductive patterns on rigid and flexible substrates by inkjet printing. Such capability is viewed by many as the enabling technology needed for the manufacturing of next generation microelectronics, medical and biomedical sensors, and other devices. With funding from CAMP, a state-of-the-art Fujifilm Dimetrix inkjet printer was purchased and installed in Professor Goia's laboratory (see photo). Professor John Moosbrugger's students Meaghan McMurran and Andrew Ritchey, from Clarkson University’s Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, played an important role in setting up and optimizing the parameters of the instrument.
The expertise which will be developed in the inkjet printing technology and the availability of a printer with such advanced features represent significant additions to the existing research skills and capabilities of CAMP. They will also provide useful educational and training resources for both graduate and undergraduate students.