Edmonton, Alberta, July 12, 2011Hitachi High Technologies and Canada's National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) today opened the Hitachi Electron Microscopy Products Centre (HEMiC) and unveiled a Hitachi H-95000 environmental transmission electron microscope (E-TEM) that is the first of its kind outside of Japan.
HEMiC will have two streams of activity: the provision of a wide range of electron microscopy services to industrial and academic clients; and a research collaboration between NINT and Hitachi researchers that will develop new electron microscope tools and techniques.
The Centre will also be a Hitachi reference site, allowing Hitachi to showcase its latest microscopes, giving potential clients from North America an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with new instruments and techniques before buying.
"HEMiC will help visitors who have been referred by Hitachi to get their brains around equipment and technology either the tools themselves or techniques that can help solve problems relevant to those companies," says Rick Brommeland, Project Manager for HEMiC.
HEMiC Electron Microscope Tool Set
The HEMiC tools set includes: three new Hitachi microscopes; and NINT's material science transmission electron microscope which was the first of its kind in the world.
Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEM)
The Hitachi H-9500 Environmental transmission electron microscope (ETEM) can study in-situ chemical reactions of samples in liquids and gases. It will offer a very low background pressure (in the 10-8 torr region) ensuring low sample contamination rate and low effect of background gases on the in-situ experiment. Its capabilities include the possibility to heat the sample to temperatures exceeding 1500 C while exposed to various gases or study liquid samples at temperatures exceeding 300 C. The analytical capabilities of the instrument include electron energy loss spectroscop
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