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State-of-the-art electron microscope promises to aid major research advances
Date:3/9/2009

rkings of nanotechnology happen."

Such new capabilities "will enhance existing research and teaching at ASU, and lead to exciting new research on catalyst nanoparticles for energy production, batteries for hybrid vehicles, materials for direct-conversion solar cells and interfaces in multiphase nanocomposites," Carpenter said.

The new microscope also will have several striking educational functions, he said. Because it is a digital instrument, unlike most earlier analog microscopes, images and spectroscopy experiments can be transmitted over the Internet in real time, with a voice track to describe the observations to a properly equipped classroom, for students of any age.

"We will be able to make DVD recordings or web pages of various experiments for viewing by K-12 teachers and students as many times as they wish for class study," Carpenter said. "They will be able to observe structures and atom movements as they occur in real solids. With a computer and digital projector, we can go anywhere in the world to help teach classes that illustrate behavior of materials at the atomic level using real research results."

"The higher resolution results that will be available from aberration-corrected microscopes will be even more useful for introducing young students and their teachers to the world of engineering and nanoscience," Carpenter said.


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Contact: Joe Kullman
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480-965-8122
Arizona State University
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