Discover the main news and events organised by the npSCOPE project team

  • 1st European Orion Nanofab SIMS Workshop

    Zeiss is organising the 1st European Orion Nanofab SIMS Workshop where they will introduce the new system combining ultimate high resolution imaging with chemical information.

    This workshop will take place on 4-5 December in Luxembourg. The event will include presentations from internationally leading researchers covering high resolution SIMS applications in the fields of material science, life science and geology. Discover new trends in high resolution materials analysis whilst getting hands-on practical experience with this new technology.

    More information can be found on the workshop website.

  • Molecular Dynamics simulations of 30 keV He impacts on gold nano-clusters

    At the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, molecular dynamics computer simulations are employed to study the sputtering yield and channeling e ffects in Gold nano-clusters of diff erent sizes. Primary ion energy and crystal orientation are varied to obtain a holistic image of the possible eff ects relevant for scanning transmission ion microscopy. Our results show that ion-channeling occurs not only in the principal low-index, but also in other directions in between. The strengths of diff erent channels are specifed, and their correlations with sputtering yield and damage production is addressed. The figure below shows sputtering under 30 keV He ion irradiation of 5 nm Gold nano-clusters.

  • General assembly at month 18

    The GA meeting at month 18 was held in Oberkochen, Germany at the Zeiss headquarters. During the first day, the focus was on instrument design and assembly, cryo and correlative workflows and data processing. On the second day, project coordination and management were discussed.

  • First images with SIMS system on the GFIS test chamber

    A SIMS system has been installed on the test chamber with the GFIS column at LIST in Luxembourg in order to get first mass spectrometry data on the npSCOPE system:

    During the tests, first images of a Li-TiO nanoparticle mixture could be obtained. The Li+ signal is shown on the left and the Ti+ signal on the right:

  • Review Meeting and GA at Month 12

    The Review Meeting and GA at month 12 was held in the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf (HZDR) in Dresden, Germany.

    During the first day the developments of the first year were reviewed. During the second day, specific tasks were discussed in more detail and the work for the 6 coming months prepared. The GA finished with a visit of the facilities of HZDR.

  • GFIS source and column installed at LIST

    The GFIS source and column manufactured by ZEISS have been shipped to Luxembourg and are now installed on a test chamber in the npSCOPE laboratory at LIST. The specification tests for He+ and Ne+ beams were successfully fulfilled. The different npSCOPE partners are in the final stages of designing the various other components of the npSCOPE instrument (e.g. STHIM system, SIMS system, cryo-stage, main chamber, load lock system, ...). These components will be integrated progressively during the next months.

  • Extension of building for npSCOPe instrument is finished

    The new laboratory at LIST which is going to house the npSCOPE instrument is now ready!

  • Tests for cryo-stage

    Tests for cryo-stage

    At LIST, currently tests are being performed with a Z-X-Y-R piezo-stage when a set of copper bands is attached to it. These tests are needed to progress with the development of the actual cryo-transmission-stage for the npSCOPE instrument.

  • Extension of the LIST building: construction started today!

    The constrution of the extension of the LIST building, which is going to hold the npSCOPE instrument, started today.


  • Assembling of GFIS column

    Assembling of GFIS column

    The GFIS column for the npSCOPE instrument is being assembled and tested at ZEISS.

  • GA meeting at month 6

    The GA meeting at month 6 was held in Lake House near the VITO headquarters in Mol, Belgium.

    During one day and a half, 21 members of the 9 project partners discussed the progress of the different work packages.

  • Kick-off meeting

    The kick-off meeting for the Horizon 2020-funded project npSCOPE was held in Belvaux in Luxembourg. It was hosted by the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), the project coordinator.

    During this 2 day event, 27 members from the 9 partner institutes were fixing the working programme for the first 6 months.

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