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Characterizing antimicrobial surface topography

A group of researchers from the University of Ferrara, Italy, defined a general procedure to characterize new materials obtained by anodic oxidation. These types of surfaces, due to their nano-porous structure, act as reservoirs of silver ions which in turn confer antimicrobial properties to the surfaces.

Correlating AFM, SEM & EDX data for nanoparticle analysis

For this application, a research team at the LNE Nanotech Institute combined measurements from several instrument techniques including Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) equipped with a new-generation energy dispersive X-ray detector (EDX). They used MountainsLab® software to correlate the collected data and extract the relevant information.

Ear bone erosion: SEM image 3D reconstruction helps identify cells responsible

Incus bone erosion is considered a typical characteristic of advanced cholesteatomas (CHO), a pathology of the ear. Researchers at the Sapienza University of Rome explain how they used SEM image reconstruction technique to solve the mystery of this pathology and discover which cell erodes the middle ear incus bone.

SEM analysis for improved wound care in burn patients

Bacterial infection of wounds is a major risk for patients undergoing skin grafts following severe burn injuries. Drs Monica Iliescu Nelea (left) & Michel Alain Danino, of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department at the University of Montreal Hospital Center (CHUM), Montreal, Canada are part of a group of researchers working on furthering medical understanding of this phenomenon.

SEM image 3D reconstruction of laser-structured surfaces

Ultrashort femtosecond lasers are known for their capacity to efficiently fabricate complex nanostructures and devices for a wide variety of applications. In two recent studies, the properties of femtosecond laser-structured surfaces were revealed thanks to a unique SEM image reconstruction technique.

Understanding stem cell structure: a new method

Using scanning electron microscopy and Hitachi map 3D software based on Mountains® technology, cell biology scientists at the University of Miyazaki (Japan) defined a new method for examining stem cell architecture.

Studying solid electrolytes on high temperature fuel cells

LABMEM facility scientists at the Universidad Nacional de San Luis (Argentina) investigated properties of an inorganic compound for use as a solid electrolyte on a high temperature fuel cell (SOFC type).

Microcomponents – measuring surface roughness

Researchers at the FEMTO-ST Institute in Besançon, France studied methods for fabricating lithium niobate ridges to be used for the development of programmable microcomponents.