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Nanoscale Characterization

Northwestern’s eminence in nanotechnology offers world-class facilities and expertise in an array of materials characterization tools that span length scales across several orders of magnitude from atomic/molecular scale to macroscopic structures. These include instrumentation facilities for electron and optical microscopy (EPIC), surface science analysis (Keck-II), scanning probe microscopy (SPID), and micro/nanofabrication (NUFAB).

Material characterization studies conducted at Northwestern include: scanning tunneling microscopy  that enables atomic-scale visualization of quantum phenomena; atom-probe tomography for imaging 3D atom-by-atom analytical imaging with sub-nanometer spatial resolution; unique capability for combined SXRD and XSW-excited-HAXPES to obtain atomic-scale buried structures; nanostructure tomography to measure composition and strain at interfaces; and ultrafast optical and time-resolved pulse EPR spectroscopy to manipulate and control coherent spin states.

Affiliated Faculty

Bedzyk

Michael Bedzyk

Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Dravid

Vinayak Dravid

Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Hersam

Mark Hersam

Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Jacobsen

Chris Jacobsen

Professor
Physics and Astronomy

Lauhon

Lincoln Lauhon

Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Petford-Long

Amanda Petford-Long

Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Seidman D

David Seidman

Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Wasielewski

Michael Wasielewski

Professor
Chemistry