Broad scope user event in the Nano Imaging Lab

On June 28, the SNI’s Nano Imaging Lab (NI Lab) invited current customers and interested colleagues to its first information event. Around 40 people took the opportunity to gain an insight into the work of the NI Lab, which has been part of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute since 2016.

Five scientific talks reflected the variety and value of the services provided by the NI Lab’s five-person team and the importance of their images and analyses to various projects. For example, the NI Lab supports the work of Dr. Laurent Marot (Department of Physics, University of Basel) on the mirrors for the planned ITER fusion reactor. Würth Elektronik has also been using the outstanding services of the NI Lab for around ten years to examine printed circuit boards. Dr. Lothar Weitzel from Würth Elektronik praised the excellent facilities and cooperation that enable his company to conduct analyses together with the NI Lab team. Dr. Hanns-Heinz Kassemeyer of the State Viticulture Institute in Freiburg (WBI) used impressive images of the microfungus that infects vines to show that the NI Lab is also ideally equipped to analyze biological samples. Dr. Juanita Rausch of Particle Vision GmbH in Fribourg explained how spectroscopic analyses from the NI Lab allow them to determine the quality and quantity of the smallest particles in air samples. Finally, Timothy Camenzind from the Department of Physics stated how the magnetic force microscope can be used to analyze nanomagnets.

The NI Lab provides electron microscope and scanning electron microscope images and analyses to industrial customers and research institutions within and outside the SNI network. As Dr. Markus Dürrenberger (head of the NI Lab) stated, it has a wide range of excellent facilities that it aims to constantly improve and expand. For larger acquisitions like a new transmission electron microscope, however, working groups within the university had to band together and formulate specific requests.

For more information on the NI Lab and its services, please visit the website contact Dr. Markus Dürrenberger.