Today’s researchers are intensively investigating the nanoworld in many science and technology fields such as material science, biology, physics, medicine or electronics. The investigation of complex micro and nano-structured samples poses significant challenges both in terms of microscopy and identification of chemical components. There is a pressing need for an imaging tool providing both excellent resolution and high-sensitivity chemical analysis at nano-level.
Innovation: EARTO Member LIST developed VECTOR500, an innovative tool allowing for the first time the investigation of complex micro and nano-structured samples with a world record resolution of 10nm, which is 10,000 times smaller than a human hair and a 5 times better resolution compared to existing instruments. It also enables to identify and analyse the chemical composition of substances with innovative efficiency.
Impact expected: VECTOR500 can open new doors to understanding the fundamental questions of how material behave on the nano-scale. During a beta-tester phase, 5 VECTOR500 systems were installed all over the world, allowing better, faster and less expensive scientific studies. Within 1 year of operations, they have led to breakthroughs and applications which would not have been possible without it, in various R&D areas such as cosmetics, energy materials, biology, nanoparticles and geology.