LMA has been involved recently in several European Collaborative projects funded by the European Union. These projects include:
ESTEEM2 is a European Integrated Infrastructure of electron microscopy facilities providing access for the academic and industrial research community in the physical sciences to some of the most powerful characterization techniques available at the nanoscale. Transnational access to ESTEEM2 centers is obtained through a transparent, simple peer review process based on merit and scientific priorities. Service to users is supported by a networking programme which addresses key issues such as specimen preparation, data interpretation through theory and simulation, and standardization of protocols and methodologies. A series of schools and workshops provide training in innovative methods in electron microscopy and a forum for discussing emerging (cutting-edge) techniques. Directed research programmes focus on the further development of electron diffraction, imaging and spectroscopy and the advancement of 3D methods and time resolved experiments. In all, ESTEEM2 establishes a strategic leadership in electron microscopy to guide future developments and promote electron microscopy to the wider research community at large. ESTEEM2 will benefit from European Union support until September 2016.
The main goal of this project (2010-2012) was to bring together forefront research infrastructures and research Centers in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. This will allowed the identification of the SUDOE Region as a reference place at European and world level for the development of nanoscience. Additionally, the added value of the collaboration among the partners enhanced the scientific competitiveness and the technological transfer in the targeted emerging fields, with large impact in the electronics, environment, health and energy industries.
The scientific aim of the Associated European Laboratory “TALEM” between University of Zaragoza’s LMA/INA and CNRS’s CEMES and LPCNO is motivated by the development of Electron Microscopy and Scanning Probe Microscopy for the study of nanomaterials. The behaviour of nanomaterials and nanostructures are indeed closely related to the local properties of the system at the atomic scale. Therefore, the complete characterization and possible tuning of their properties necessitate the perfect knowledge at the local scale (nanometer range) of their structural and electronic structure. Talem project will be active till 2018.
The purpose of the project is to share the expertise of the three partners in terms of:
Chemical synthesis of nanoparticles of controlled size and shape
Deposit of magnetic nanostructures by focused electron beam (FEBID)
Lorentz microscopy and Electron Holography
Quantitative Microscopy STEM HAADF
Analytical Microscopy technics (EDX and EELS)
Low-voltage TEM for the study of electron irradiation sensitive materials
Near Field Microscopy technics for the study of single molecules
Nanolito is the Spanish Network on Nanolithography. The Nanolithography comprises the set of techniques that allow the creation of nanodevices based on top-down approaches, and so is a key element in Nanotechnology.
In July 2008, an application was sent to the Ministry of Science in Spain to form a national network on Nanolithography that would foster scientific exchange and knowledge transfer between the national agents in this field (research groups, institutions and companies). The Ministry supported this action along the period 2009-2011, and this support has been renewed for the period 2012-2013. The obtained funding is mainly used to organize meetings and workshops, to implement a program for short stays and to create and mantain this web space as a door to the Nanolithography in Spain.