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Full Pressure Range Environmental Gas Heating Holder for the Transmission…

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Department of Energy
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
16 a
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Small Business Information
Hummingbird Precision Machine Inc.
8300 28th Ct NE Unit 200 Lacey, WA 98516-7126
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Full Pressure Range Environmental Gas Heating Holder for the Transmission Electron Microscope
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-11ER90139
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00


Researchers are currently hindered when observing dynamic gas-solid interactions in the transmission electron microscope (TEM). Yet solid-state materials and gases interact in many important ways. The most critical technological application for these observations is catalysis, where one would like to directly observe on the atomic scale how catalysts respond to the environment while they are active. Several areas of research, such as catalysis and sensors, will greatly benefit from having access to such observations. The importance of catalytic studies for science and technology was highlighted by two Nobel Prizes in chemistry for catalytic studies (Ertl, 2007 and Suzuki, Heck, Nigishi, 2010) awarded in the past five years. This Phase II proposal focuses on developing and bringing to market a TEM specimen holder where the specimen is exposed to various gas atmospheres with a wide range of pressures at different temperatures with full operando quantitative measuring capabilities. Such a device would enable in-situ TEM studies of catalysts and sensors, among many other materials of interest. In Phase I of the work we have successfully created a working prototype of the in-situ TEM gas holder and supporting hardware. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: This product will be aimed at researchers using electron microscopy for characterizing the internal structure of materials at the nanometer to sub-Angstrom lengths scales and who are interested in dynamic in-situ experiments. These experiments are finding increasing use as direct methods to explore the relationships among materials processing methods and microstructure and functional properties (e.g. catalytic and sensing). The commercial availability of a variable temperature gas TEM holder will facilitate and accelerate academic research in the field of gas catalysis. It will also provide a platform to study active elements of sensors during operation with relevant resolution (atomic length scale).

Principal Investigator:

Daan Alsem

Business Contact:

Norman J. Salmon
Small Business Information at Submission:

Hummingbird Precision Machine Co, Dba Hummingbird
8300 28th Ct NE Unit 200 Lacey, WA 98516-7126

EIN/Tax ID: 262122444
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No