Lehigh University’s Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (CAMN) & Nanocharacterization Laboratory
Lehigh University’s Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (CAMN) supports companies in need of expertise or laboratory resources. Lehigh’s Nanocharacterization Laboratory contains one of the largest electron microscopy facilities in the U.S., with a suite of ten scanning, transmission and scanning/transmission instruments suited for imaging and analyzing nanoscale structures. Lehigh is the only university with two aberration-corrected electron microscopes, capable of imaging on a sub-nanometer scale. These include the world’s highest resolution X-ray analytical microscope – a unique instrument custom designed for nanoscale analysis and imaging. The facility also houses a focused ion beam instrument, an electron beam lithography system, and an electron microprobe. There are complete specimen preparation facilities including a Gatan PIPS, plasma cleaner, chemical jet polishers, dimplers, wire saws, diamond cutting wheels and a comprehensive metallographic suite. Extensive software for digital image acquisition, manipulation, and data analysis is available.
Why Is Small So Big?
Nanotechnology deals with products and processes that are measured in almost unbelievably small increments called “nanometers”—one billionth of a meter.
At the nanoscale, materials differ from larger objects in their physical, chemical and biological properties; therefore, they lend themselves to new and improved materials, systems and devices. Nanotechnology is behind the development of such diverse advancements as:
- Drug Delivery
- Biofiltration and Separation sciences
- Improved coatings for medical devices
Thanks to rapid advances in this exciting new field, we now have the tools and talents to manipulate materials on the molecular scale—a technology literally changing the world as we know it.