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New microscopy laboratory to focus on nanotechnology

Trinity College Dublin's Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN) opened its Advanced Microscopy Laboratory last week. The laboratory has advanced instrumentation for viewing material on the atomic scale and was funded by the Higher Education Authority and Science Foundation Ireland. It was officially opened by the Minister for Labour Affairs, and Public Service Transformation, Mr Dara Calleary, TD (pictured with CRANN researcher Dr. Despina Bazou).

The €12-million microscopy laboratory houses a helium ion microscope, a scanning electron microscopes, and a focused ion beam. The helium ion microscope allows the highest resolution surface imaging of bulk materials from a scanning microscope and is the only such tool installed in Ireland.

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