August 2013

LVEM5 installed at University of Waterloo - Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Waterloo has selected the LVEM5 Low voltage TEM to be added to their research instrumentation. The Low voltage imaging capabilities of the LVEM5 will give the team much needed contrast when imaging self-assembled of metallo-block copolymers. The LVEM5 is capable of imaging in TEM, SEM and STEM modes. 
The microscope was installed in Dr. Xiaosong Wang's lab. His research expertise spans from living polymerization, water-soluble polymers, and metallopolymers to supramolecular chemistry and functional nanomaterials.

Solution self-assembly of block copolymers has been explored as a promising and robust technique for the synthesis of supramolecular functional nanomaterials. The lab's effort in this area has lead to success in several aspects including block copolymer micellar architecture design using living self-assembly and viruse-like nanostructure synthesis via biologically-inspired self-assembly. Particularly, they have created a number of defined block copolymer supramolecular hybrid nanomaterials with either enhanced, structure-correlated functions or novel properties. Encouraged by these progresses, we currently focus on the synthesis and self-assembly of metallo-block copolymers in an attempt to bring the rich functions of metal elements such as optical, electronic, catalytic, redox, ect. into well-defined supramolecular nanostructures for their potential applications in nanotechnology.

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