The NanoESCA III is new to the Microscopy and Microanalysis Lab and is the first of its kind to be installed in Australia, providing researchers and industry the opportunity to develop the next generation of materials and products.
The $2.4 million photoemission electron microscope (PEEM), one of fewer than 10 in the world, provides information about the physical characteristics and chemical composition of materials at nanometer scales.
This allows for the detailed analysis of the structural, morphological, electronic and chemical properties of a wide range of materials.
Microscopy and Microanalysis Director Professor Sarah Harmer says the PEEM will be instrumental in progressing research into LEDs, semiconducting devices and hydrogen energy and assist local advanced manufacturing companies to develop their next generation of hi-tech products and services.
“It's the highest resolution photoemission microscope that's currently available, and we've just received a grant to upgrade it to have atomic-scale resolution imaging,” she says.
“The PEEM instrument is supporting current and future needs by providing researchers and industry with state-of-the-art information about the functionalisation of their materials, as well as how we can create new materials.” The NanoESCA III was co-funded by Flinders University, the South Australian State Government and the Federal Government under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
It is part of a South Australian and national network of research infrastructure under the Microscopy Australia banner.
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