20 Jan 2010   |   News

Nanomicroscopy centre opens in Finland

Otaniemi is now home to Finland’s Nanomicroscopy Centre. Set up to research both nanomaterials and biomaterials, it is one of the largest of its kind in Europe.

Otaniemi is now home to Finland’s Nanomicroscopy Centre, one of the largest of its kind in Europe, with a concentration of research equipment for atomic resolution, for researching both nanomaterials and biomaterials.

The most important new pieces of equipment include Finland’s first next-generation transmission electron microscopes (TEM). One is a high-resolution TEM for hard materials, and the other a liquid-helium cryo-TEM intended for soft/biomaterials.

These microscopes take the imaging and manipulation of nanostructures and biological samples to a new level, allowing materials to be characterised and manipulated at the atomic level.

The nanomicroscopy equipment cannot be used in traditional laboratories because it cannot withstand external disturbances. The new building has been designed to minimize all interference including electromagnetic fields, mechanical and acoustic vibration and any disturbances caused by changes in temperature.

The premises and equipment will be at the disposal of universities, research institutes and companies. Approximately €4 million has been invested in building the center, while €7 million has been invested in the equipment.

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