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Rutgers has become a global leader in advanced nanoscale materials imaging, bringing to the New Jersey region a new resource for the advancement of scientific research, educational outreach and industrial partnership. We have the beginning of a Rutgers imaging institute through IAMDN that will foster international scientific collaboration to significantly impact research in biomaterials, medical research of cancer and neurology, renewable energy, and telecommunications. These microscopes are without question the most advanced devices utilized in the world today to visualize the atomic structure of new nanoscale materials. The advances they support will empower researchers confronting some of the most daunting global problems today.
The Institute provides support, coordination and oversight for three large groups of research programs in the areas of Energy and Environment (E&E), Electronics, Photonics and Sensors, (EPS), and Nanobiology (NB). 

Rutgers Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology (IAMDN) Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM) with meV resolution Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) can visualize the atomic structure of new materials, and explore composition, bonding, electronic and vibrational energy scales to enable better materials designs for efficient energy production and storage, catalysis, nanoelectronics and photonics.

The Rutgers Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology (IAMDN) Helium Ion Microscope is a novel instrument for imaging surfaces with sub-nm resolution and unprecedented depth of view. Non-conducting samples can be probed without metallic coatings, and samples can be modified and new structures can be formed by ion irradiation. Potential applications include advances in fields from drug delivery and the creation of orifices to explore DNA sequencing to the formation of quantum structures for advancing computing and communications.

Advancing Nanotechnology - IAMDN New Microscopes


Rutgers new scanning transmission electron microscope and new helium ion microscope help researchers develop nanotechnology used to fight cancer, generate power, and create more powerful electronics. Watch the video to learn more.

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