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.


Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology Whitaker Laboratory
Gene A. Lucadamo, M.S.Ch.E., Industry Liaison, Lehigh University

The Promise of Nanotechnology

“The use of nanotechnology in consumer products and industrial applications is growing rapidly, with the products listed in the inventory showing just the tip of the iceberg.  How consumers respond to these early products — in food, electronics, health care, clothing and cars — will be a litmus test for broader market acceptance of nanotechnologies in the future.”

–Andrew D. Maynard
Chief Science Advisor, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars