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Snow surfaces investigated in situ on ski friction

A comprehensive description of the surface of snow is crucial for understanding the tribological system between skis and snow. Felix Breitschädel, of the Norwegian Olympic Sports Center, tells us how a novel measurement device is changing our understanding of the surface of snow and constitutes a promising method for future research.

Analyzing data from a large-scale multi-instrument project

The Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology (IEMN) in France recently completed the “Dirac III-V” project investigating ways of producing Dirac electrons (electrons without any mass). This project called for the use of many different fabrication methods as well as a software program capable of bringing together and processing the different kinds of datasets generated.

Investigating next-gen engine components at the nanoscale

A research team based at JEOL France recently studied the composition of magnetic fields incorporated in direct current electrical motors. In this study, they used a FIB-SEM technique coupled with a specialized analysis software package, based on Mountains® technology.

Characterizing antimicrobial surface topography

A group of researchers from the University of Ferrara, Italy, defined a general procedure to characterize surfaces and to evaluate their antimicrobial properties. Learn more about how they used Mountains® software in their study.

Exploring hyperspectral maps of 2D materials

Tailoring 2D semiconductor heterostructures with specific bandgaps is a key aspect of leveraging new quantum materials for electronics and optoelectronics, one of the hot topics for researchers currently working in nanotech. Craig Wall, applications scientist at Montana Instruments, recently investigated the subject using Mountains® software to analyze results from Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence.

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.

Analyzing photoelectron spectroscopic measurements

Scientists from the ISEN (Institut Supérieur de l’Électronique et du Numérique) in Lille, France, used photoelectron spectroscopy to investigate a new method for growing PbS nanoplatelets on InP surfaces.

Toward improved integration of bioceramic implants

Bioceramics are particularly useful in the repair and reconstruction of bone. A group of researchers at the University of Limoges investigated the impact of bioceramic surface topography and composition on protein adhesion forces.

Uncovering the huge potential of graphene oxide membranes

Recently, graphene oxide nanostructures have attracted great interest due to their exceptional physicochemical properties for many applications, including flexible electronics and water purification.

Analyzing roughness of glass subjected to acid attacks

The goal of the NanoRef programme, involving multiple partners (LP-Cnam, INM, LPUB, Institut Fresnel, Novasic and LNE), is to develop a roughness standard with a quasi-continuum spatial frequency spectrum and to define the appropriate machining and polishing processes.

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).