TRANSNATIONAL ACCESS // ADDITIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE (NON-ESMI)

On this page you will find information on infrastructure which is usefull for soft matter research. However, these facilities are not part of the ESMI transnational access program. They are not managed by the ESMI online proposal system. 
To apply for experimental time please contact the person who is responsible for the instruments directly as indicated in the descriptions.

 

Rheology combined with X-ray scattering at DESY, Hamburg, Germany

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE FACILITY

A unique and novel combination of rheology and X-ray scattering. 
A new rheometer design allows for the vertical transmission of a monochromatic X-ray beam through plate/plate or cone/plate geometries. 
The rheometer is a modified Thermo Fisher MARS II in inverted geometry. 
The rheometer is stress controlled and allows for all rheological tests and experiments possible with a standard MARS II rheometer. 

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AVAILABLE SAMPLE ENVIRONMENT

For plate/plate geometry: Viscosity: ~ 0.1–1000 Pas, shear rate: ~ 0.002–2700 s-1, max. torque: 200 mNm 
Samples can be measured from 10°C to 250°C. 
A cooling option is planned. 
The sample volume needed for one experiment is typically in the range of 0.2 to 1 ml. 
External electric and magnetic fields will be optionally available in the future. 
Pilatus 100K and 300K detectors available XPCS (X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy) option under commissioning. 

LOCATION 

A preliminary setup is installed at Petra III. A developed design is planned for 2012. 
The setup is available for external users via the standard proposal procedures at DESY
Technical, experimental and scientific support is provided for external users. 

DESY

SCIENTIST IN CHARGE 

Dr. Bernd Struth, phone: 0049 (0)40 8998 2527 

Send an email to Dr. Bernd Struth

 

CryoTEM for Soft Matter at Technion Haifa, Israel

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE FACILITY 

The Soft Matter Electron Microscopy Center at the Technion holds advanced instruments optimized for cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) analysis of all nanostructured and mesostructured liquids. Equipment includes a Philips CM120 transmission electron microscope (TEM), an FEI T12 G2 TEM, state-of-the-art Zeiss Ultra Plus Gemini High-Resolution cryo-Scanning Electron Microscope (HR cryo-SEM), and cutting-edge supporting specimen preparation tools. This combination of microscopes and accessories enable to access structures at multiple length scales, at a resolution of ~ 1 nm, of low to high viscosity, aqueous and non-aqueous suspensions. 

AVAILABLE SAMPLE ENVIRONMENT 

The TEMs operate at cryogenic temperatures, with LaB6 cathode, at 120 kV; they are equipped with highly sensitive CCD cameras designed for low-dose operation to minimize electron beam radiation damage.


- The HR-SEM is designed for ultra-high resolution and analytical applications, and further has ultra-low voltage capabilities for improved resolution at low voltages (below 2 kV). The microscope is equipped with an EDS x-ray microanalysis system, high efficiency annular In-lens and Everhart-Thornley imaging detectors. It operates at both room temperature and cryogenic temperatures. 

- The CEVS can be cooled down to as low as 2 °C, heated up to 75 °C, and can be used to vitrify aqueous as well as non-aqueous liquids. The Vitrobot operates between 20-70 °C, and allows controlled relaxation experiments. The holders operate at temperatures < -175 °C 

 

 

The Center is located at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. It operates as a core facility of the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute (RBNI), and provides educational programs teaching cryo-EM methodologies, as well as experimental and scientific support to academia and industry.LOCATION

SCIENTIST IN CHARGE 

Prof. Dganit Danino, Phone: +972 (0) 4 829 2143; +972 (0) 52 863 0444 

Send an e-mail to Prof. Danino

 

 

 

 

Atomic Force Microscopy for Soft Matter at University of Bayreuth, Germany

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE FACILITY 

The Keylab “Structuring and Surface Characterization” is specialized in the characterization of soft-matter interfaces and holds a number of dedicated atomic force microscopes (AFMs). The equipment includes several MFP-3D from Oxford Instruments, a NanoWizard from JPK and a FluidFM from Cytosurge/Nanosurf. Most of these AFMs can be operated in combination with optical microscopy (including fluorescence, RICM, or CLSM).

Furthermore, the keylab has also several AFMs from Bruker, which are mostly used for imaging purposes. A number of our AFMs can be equipped with special experimental setups, such as electrochemical or humidity cells, plasma-etching tomography, or temperature stages. Furthermore, the laboratory provides a number of sample and probe preparation tools (evaporation machines, plasma treatment, spin-coaters) as well as dedicated micromanipulation stations for the preparation of custom-made colloidal probes. 

AVAILABLE SAMPLE ENVIRONMENT 

  • Direct force measurements including quantitative data analysis and preparation of colloidal probes
  • Direct force measurements in combination with optical microscopy (e.g. fluorescence and confocal microscopy)
  • Single molecule force spectroscopy
  • Chemical force microscopy
  • Mechanical characterization of soft matter by indentation measurements
  • Controlled humidity for imaging and force measurements
  • Combination of electrochemistry and AFM
  • Tomography of polymeric samples by in-situ plasma etching

 

LOCATION 

The Keylab is located at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. It operates as a facility within the interdisciplinary research priority (Profilfeld) Polymer and Colloid Science at the University of Bayreuth.

University of Bayreuth

Polymer and Colloid Science

SCIENTIST IN CHARGE 

Prof. Georg Papastavrou, Phone: +49 (0) 921 55 2335; +49 (0) 921 55 2059 

Send an e-mail to Prof. Papastavrou

 

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