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Date: October 14, 2011

On September 16, 2011, NSF awarded Rutgers University a major research instrumentation (MRI) grant for three years totaling $2.3M.* This grant will bring a "first of its kind" He ion microscope and nanoscale ion beam facility to Rutgers campus. The principal investigator is Professor Gustafsson. Co-PIs on the project are Eva Andrei, Laura Fabris, Adrian B. Mann, and Leonard C. Feldman.

Energetic ion beams impinging on solids provide unique tools to modify and characterize solids. Rutgers has been a leader in this development, impacting fields from silicon technology to organic devices to superlattice oxides displaying unusual two dimensional properties.

With the nano-materials revolution has come the need for nanometer size beams, an extremely difficult goal. This award provides Rutgers a unique nano-scale ion beam facility to examine and modify nanocrystals used in applications as diverse as drug delivery, quantum dots used for new optical systems and shaping of graphene - a unique material under investigation on our campus.

Together with other recent NSF awards this instrument will provide new nano-scale capability and establish Rutgers as a national center for nano-scale microscopy. When complete, the facility will be the base of a multi-user center for ion and electron based microscopes and spectroscopies providing excellent hands on opportunities for Rutgers students and researchers, the broader academic community as well as New Jersey and regional industries.

*Support for this grant was provided by the Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology, School of Arts & Sciences and the Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development.


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