The Nanostructures Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently purchased and installed the Novelx Mysem, a benchtop field emission scanning electron microscope (SEM).
The Quantum Nanostructures and Nanofabrication Group, which is a part of the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at MIT, is focused on fabrication of nanometre-length-scale devices that exploit quantum mechanics and on the application of these devices in the real world.
The MIT researchers will now have a benchtop SEM in their lab to explore the next frontier of electronic and photonic devices with their research into nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Powered by the Novelx Stacked Silicon technology, the Novelx Mysem is a benchtop SEM for imaging and characterising nanoscale objects and materials.
In a compact design that can be installed in available lab space or closer to production lines, the Mysem is claimed to deliver high-end capabilities at a fraction of the cost.
Optimised for low-voltage operation and without the need to coat non-conductive samples, the Mysem is suitable for the imaging of energy sensitive nanomaterials, biomaterials, polymers, thin films and membranes.
The Novelx Mysem is commercially available and in use by several university research centres for the imaging of nanoscale objects and materials in a wide variety of fields that include materials science and the life sciences.
Industrial applications include the characterisation of nanomaterials at corporate product development labs, the failure analysis of nanoscale defects and the quality assurance of nanomaterial-based products.