Full Pressure Range Environmental Gas Heating Holder for the Transmission Electron Microscope

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-11ER90139
Agency Tracking Number: 97164
Amount: $1,000,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 16 a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000676
Small Business Information
8300 28th Ct NE, Unit 200, Lacey, WA, 98516-7126
DUNS: 171838019
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daan Alsem
 (360) 252-2737
Business Contact
 Norman Salmon
Title: Mr.
Phone: (360) 252-2737
Email: norman@hummingbirdscientific.com
Research Institution
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).

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