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A Continuous Flow Liquid Cell Holder for the Transmission Electron Microscope

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
85059
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A08A-029-0282
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Hummingbird Scientific, Llc
2610 Willamette Drive NE Suite A Lacey, WA 98516-1329
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: A Continuous Flow Liquid Cell Holder for the Transmission Electron Microscope
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W9132T-08-C-0032
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Electron microscopy of specimen in liquid has recently been demonstrated by Niels de Jong at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). A sample was enclosed in a liquid compartment with electron transparent windows and imaged using a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM). Expanding on this expertise it is proposed to develop the technology of a liquid holder for both TEM and STEM that provides a resolution in the nanometer-range on a wide variety of materials and that is cost effective, quick and easy to use. In addition we will include the capability to continuously flow liquid through the specimen region, to be able to precisely control the liquid environment (chemical composition, temperature, flow). In Phase I we will design and construct this holder at Hummingbird Scientific. Sample loading and the electron microscopy imaging with operation of the holder will be tested on a range of materials and liquids at ORNL. Radiation damage (charging, creation of radicals and heating) on the specimen will be investigated and remedies will be tested, e.g., flushing of the liquid. The deliverable will be a commercial tested liquid holder.

Principal Investigator:

Norman J. Salmon
President
3602522737
norman@hummingbirdscientific.com

Business Contact:

Norman J. Salmon
President
3602522737
norman@hummingbirdscientific.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

HUMMINGBIRD SCIENTIFIC
8300 28th CT NE Unit 200 Lacey, WA 98516

EIN/Tax ID: 201971746
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY
PO Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN 37831 6064
Contact: Niels de Jong
Contact Phone: (865) 241-7315
RI Type: Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)