Ireland’s first ORION NanoFab arrives for Nanoweek 2015

October 19, 2015 ZEISS Microscopy

CRANN’s Advanced Microscopy Laboratory (AML) gains sub-nanometer imaging and nanostructuring capabilities

Valeria Nicolosi (CRANN) and Bernie Capraro (Intel) with ZEISS ORION NanoFab. Courtesy of CRANN.
Valeria Nicolosi (CRANN) and Bernie Capraro (Intel) with ZEISS ORION NanoFab. Courtesy of CRANN.

CRANN, Ireland’s leading nanoscience institute, based at Trinity College Dublin, has today announced the arrival of ZEISS ORION NanoFab – a multi-beam ion microscope, the most advanced machine of its kind available for imaging and machining at the nanoscale. This technology has several advantages over the traditional scanning electron microscope. The gallium, neon and helium ion beams integrated in a single instrument enable very high resolution imaging combined with nanomachining, making it possible to obtain qualitative data not achievable with conventional electron microscopes.

ORION NanoFab will be housed in CRANN’s Advanced Microscopy Laboratory (AML) located in the Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus and is the first of its kind in Ireland. There are approximately 40 of these NanoFabs worldwide, with 12 in Europe.  The arrival of the microscope marks the launch of Nanoweek 2015, Ireland’s national awareness week of nanoscience and materials science which takes place from 19th to 24th October.

 

Surface ultrastructure of Lavandula angustifolia, imaged with ORION Helium-Ion microscope technology. Kindly provided by Alan Bell, Trinity College Dublin and CRANN.
Surface ultrastructure of Lavandula angustifolia, imaged with ORION Helium-Ion microscope technology. Kindly provided by Alan Bell, Trinity College Dublin and CRANN.

 

ORION NanoFab will improve CRANN’s vision at the nanoscale, allowing to see things they could never see before. The instrument combines very high resolution imaging of 0.5 nanometres (1 nanometre is one millionth of a millimetre) with the ability to machine nanostructures of less than 10 nanometres with speed and precision.

The ability to image, understand, and manipulate materials on shorter length scales is important in a huge range of research disciplines, from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, Engineering and Natural Sciences. Microscopy is also critical to the development of new products and process improvements.

 

Ultrastructure of collagen fibrils, imaged with ZEISS ORION Helium Ion microscopy technology. Courtesy of Alan Bell and Alanna Gannon, Trinity College Dublin & CRANN
Ultrastructure of collagen fibrils, imaged with ZEISS ORION Helium Ion microscopy technology. Kindly provided by Alan Bell and Alanna Gannon, Trinity College Dublin & CRANN

 

Professor Valeria Nicolosi, Principal Investigator at CRANN, said: “ORION NanoFab offers Irish researchers and industry the most advanced tool of its kind worldwide for working with nanomaterials, including graphene, nanowires, and also biological samples such as cancer cells and tissues. There is a growing reliance on advanced microscopy for the most demanding research in materials and life sciences. Ultimately, our new instrument will enable our industry and academic users to accelerate their innovations.  It’s a tool that will allow us to see things that were never before visible, it offers new insights with images that have 5 to 10 times greater depth of field when compared to images acquired previously.”

 

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In addition to providing high image resolution, the system can mill or remove a section out of a nanomaterial. It can do this nanomachining at great speed and achieve high throughput. Drilling precise pores into nanomaterials, such as graphene, in a way that retains its conductivity could be useful for applications such as faster DNA sequencing or other sensor applications. Creating precise lines of under 20 nanometres is also useful for future integrated circuit development.

 

A nano sized shamrock whose stem is approximately 200,000 times smaller than a grain of salt. The shamrock, 500 of which could fit side by side on a single human hair, has been etched on to a Trinity College Dublin silver lapel pin by AMBER scientists with ZEISS ORION technology.
A nano sized shamrock whose stem is approximately 200,000 times smaller than a grain of salt. The shamrock, 500 of which could fit side by side on a single human hair, has been etched on to a Trinity College Dublin silver lapel pin by AMBER scientists with ZEISS ORION technology.

 

Bernie Capraro, Research Manager, Intel Research and Development Ireland Ltd, said: “Intel welcomes the installation of ORION Nanofab in the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory. The possibilities of fabricating devices at length scales beyond state of the art is something that is important for the continued advancement of semiconductor technologies – adding to that the capability of imaging insulating materials at high resolution is an important development and we are excited to have access to such an advanced fabrication instrument.”

ORION NanoFab will be open for use to a range of researchers including those in AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded national materials centre based at CRANN as well as other SFI national centres across the country. It will also be open to academics in Europe as well as to industry.

 

ZEISS ORION NanoFab
ZEISS ORION NanoFab

Fabricate sub-10nm nanostructures with speed and precision. With ZEISS ORION NanoFab you profit from the only system in the world that covers the complete range of micromachining to nanomachining applications using gallium, neon and helium ion beams integrated in a single instrument.

 

Interested in ZEISS ORION technology for your application in nano-imaging and nano-structuring? Visit our website and get in contact!

 

About CRANN

CRANN (the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices) is one of the largest research institutes in Trinity College Dublin and Ireland’s leading nanoscience institute. CRANN brings together over 300 researchers including 37 leading Investigators based across multiple disciplines including Trinity’s Schools of Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Engineering and Pharmacology. In October 2013, a Science Foundation Ireland funded research centre, AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) was launched. AMBER is jointly hosted in TCD by CRANN and the Trinity Centre for Bioenineering, and works in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and UCC. The centre provides a partnership between leading researchers in material science and industry to develop new materials and devices for a range of sectors, particularly the ICT, medical devices and industrial technology sectors. CRANN has two state-of-the art buildings both custom designed and constructed for the purpose of leading edge nanoscience research. The Naughton Institute is a large research facility on the campus of TCD. Our Advanced Microscopy Laboratory (AML) houses Ireland’s most advanced microscopy instrumentation.

 

This article was reproduced with kind permission by CRANN/TCD, 2015.

 

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