The Electron Microscopy Service focuses on high-profile nanostructural characterization, eliminating technical limits imposed by external services. The lab offers technical support by two high-profiled staff members, electronic management and an effective user-training system at the hands of the technical staff, to allow for the self-service of the equipment.
The SEM in 2020 gave service for a total of 567 hours, a 61,2 % with technician, and 38,8 % self-user, with an average of 103.8 hours per month.
Of these hours, 532 hours have been for internal users, and 35 hours for external users (Kostal Electrical S.A., Fundació Recerca Hospital Vall d`Hebron (VHIR), Duke Chem S.A.U., Sociedad Española Carburos Metálicos) and users from the NFFA Europe Project.
A total of 71 users have used the SEM, belonging to all the research groups at ICMAB: Crystallography 1.2 %; LMI 2.1 %; NN 9 %; FunNanoSurf 0.5 %; Surfaces 0.5 %; Nanomol 1.8 %; Mulfox1 %; ACNM 4.2 %; Nanopto 22 %; Laser 3.7 %; SSC 9.3 %; Suman 38.5 %.
External services used the 6.2 % of the hours.
During 2020 the TEM service has performed a total of 355 hours.
The internal users represent 96.2 % (341.5 hours) of the total numbe of hours distributed by research unit as follows: SSC 38.9 %; NN 33.1 %; Suman 6.3 %; LMI 10 %; FunNanoSurf 2.3 %; Nanopto 2 %; ACNM 2 %; Nanomol 1 %; Crystallography 0.7 %;
The external users represent 3.8 % (13.5 hours), distributed as follows: 7 hours Paperdropdx and 6.5 hours ICN (Inorganic Nanoparticles Department).
The Olympus BX51 opticsmicroscopeoperates in self-service mode and during 2020.
The Optical Microscope service has performed a total of 130.6 hours and the distribution of the hours by research unit is as follows: NN 47.1 %; FunNanoSurf 21.3 %; Nanomol 8.6 %; Nanopto 8.6 %; Surfaces 3.8 %; ACNM 3.7 %; SSC 3.4 %; Mulfox 2.2 %; Suman 1.2 %; Laser 0.1 %.
The TEM and SEM service has participated in some science education activities during 2020, including the ESCOLAB school visits and 3 videos: 2 for Expominer 2020, MinerMat2020: “Tres eines imprescindibles per convertir-te en un detectiu de minerals” and “Descobreix què amaga la sorra de la platja" and one for the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Festival 10alamenos9: “What are SEM & TEM?”.
During 2020 the service has participated in many projects of the Institute, resulting in many publications (22), PhD Thesis, Master and Degree final projects, meetings, congresses, and communication activities.
Structural, magnetic and electronic properties of EuTi0.5W0.5O3-xNx perovskite oxynitrides
J. Oró-Solé, C. Frontera, A. P. Black, A. Castets, K. L. Velásquez-Méndez, J
Journal of Solid State Chemistry 2020, 286, 121274, 10.1016/j.jssc.2020.121274
Particle size determination from magnetization curves in reduced graphene oxide decorated with monodispersed superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles
A. Bertran, S. Sandoval, J. Oró-Solé, A. Sánchez, G. Tobias
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2020, 566, 107–119, 10.1016/j.jcis.2020.01.072
Engineering polar oxynitrides: Hexagonal perovskite BaWON2
J. Oró-Solé, I. Fina, C. Frontera, J. Gázquez, C. Ritter, M. Cunquero, P. Loza-Alvarez, S. Conejeros, P. Alemany, E. Canadell, J. Fontcuberta, A. Fuertes
Angewandte Chemie International 2020, 59, 18395 –18399, 10.1002/ange.202006519
Micro/Nanostructure engineering of epitaxial piezoelectric α-Quartz thin films on silicon
Q. Zhang, D. Sánchez-Fuentes, R. Desgarceaux, P. Escofet-Majoral, J. Oró-Solé, J. Gázquez, G. Larrieu, B. Charlot, A. Gómez, M. Gich, A. Carretero-Genevrier
ACS Applied Materials Interfaces 2020, 12, 4732−4740, 10.1021/acsami.9b18555
Controlling magnetization reversal and hyperthermia efficiency in core–shell iron–iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles by Tuning the Interphase Coupling
K. Simeonidis, C. Martinez-Boubeta, D. Serantes, S. Ruta, O. Chubykalo-Fesenko, R. Chantrell, J. Oró-Solé, Ll. Balcells, A. S. Kamzin, R. A. Nazipov, A. Makridis, M. Angelakeris
ACS Applied Nano Materials 2020, 3, 5, 4465-4476, 10.1021/acsanm.0c00568
Spin Coating and Micro-Patterning Optimization of Composite Thin Films Based on PVDF
Anh Ngoc Nguyen; Solard, Jeanne; Huyen Thi Thanh Nong; Ben Osman, Chirine; Gomez, Andres; Bockelee, Valerie; Tence-Girault, Sylvie; Schoenstein, Frederic; Simon-Sorbed, Maite; Esther Carrillo, Anna; Mercone, Silvana
Materials 2020, 13, 6, 1342, 10.3390/ma13061342