Breakthroughs in nanotechnology could open up the possibility of moving beyond the current energy sources by introducing technologies that are more efficient and less expensive. Materials composed of nano-sized structures may possess novel physical and chemical properties that can be utilized to perform specific functions unattainable with conventional materials.
Researchers believe that nanotechnology could revolutionize lighting and electricity grid technology. Scientists theorize that transmission lines built from carbon nanotubes that could conduct electricity across great distances without loss would radically change the economics of moving “energy” supply.
Nanostructured materials offer a number of exciting opportunities for the development of enhanced power storage and conversion. New batteries, fuel cells and ultracapacitors designed with these materials minimize power loss, improve charge/discharge rates, and enhance energy densities.
Catalysis is a fundamental part of energy production and conversion. Nanostructured materials provide an extraordinary opportunity to dramatically improve catalytic performance the research challenge in nanostructured catalysts is tuning the interaction of the material with the nanostructured catalyst materials. This is reliant on the understanding of the structure-function relationships of the nanostructured catalysts.
The LVEM5 benchtop electron microscope offers one of the best options for research in this area as it provides highly contrasted images of the internal composition as well as the surface detail of these materials. The LVEM5 operates with four distinct imaging modes including Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM), and Electron Diffraction (ED).
LVEM5 User Testimonial
The LVEM5 has proven itself as a reliable workhorse for characterization of our nano structured catalyst materials. We are building cutting-edge technology to convert one of the world’s most abundant resources into the world’s most in-demand chemicals, plastics and fuels. The LVEM5 gave us the in house ability to characterize the structure and morphology of these catalysts. Imaging with the LVEM5 is easy, fast and reliable.
Dr. Erik Scher
Vice President – Research & Development, Engineering
Siluria Technologies Inc.