LMA has been involved recently in several European Collaborative projects funded by the European Union. These projects include:
LIA Microscopy and Materials cOnsortium ZARagoza Toulouse
A new International Associated Laboratory (LIA) was proposed between France and Spain, in 2018, focused on fundamental research for the next four years (2018-2022). This LIA “M2OZART” (Microscopy and Materials cOnsortium ZARagoza Toulouse) should allow us to set up new research lines on themes in intense development but also to support the recent scientific activities already existing. The composition is:
Centre d’Elaboration de Matériaux et d’Etudes Structurales (CEMES), UPR 8011, CNRS, directed by Dr. Etienne Snoek;
Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie des Nano-Objets (LPCNO), UMR 5215, (CNRS – UPS – INSA Toulouse), directed by Dr. Bruno Chaudret.
Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragon (ICMA), directed by Prof. Ramón Burriel Lahoz;
Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragon (INA), directed by Prof. Ricardo Ibarra García.
The Transpyrenean Node for Scientific Instrumentation (TNSI) is a 1,9 M€ project conceived to enable cooperation in R&D and technology transfer between SMEs and research centres based in the Spain-France border regions. The TNSI project is 65% cofinanced by the European Interreg V-A program POCTEFA through ERDF funds. TNSI is participated by 3 SMEs, 1 Spanish Singular Infraestructure (ALBA) and 5 word-class research centres. The activities of the consortium are focused on nanotechnologies, advanced materials and manufacturing processes. INA is one of the involved research centres, handling a budget of 218 k€. Its role within the project is to provide access and training to the unique techniques available at the Scanning Probe Methods area of the LMA. Thanks to their flexibility and top performance, LMA laboratories are ideally suited to test TNSI prototypes and the applications portfolio of new technologies. The LMA personnel participating in TNSi offers as well continuous R&D training in surface science methods to all partners.
ESTEEM3 – Enabling Science and Technology through European Electron Microscopy – is an EU funded project for electron microscopy, which aims at providing access to the leading European state-of-the-art electron microscopy research infrastructures, facilitating and extending transnational access services of the most powerful atomic scale characterization techniques in advanced electron microscopy research to a wide range of academic and industrial research communities for the analysis and engineering of novel materials in physical, chemical and biological sciences.
ESTEEM3 objective is to deliver access to users coming from a wider range of disciplines. Transnational Access (TA) to ESTEEM3 centers is obtained through a transparent, simple peer review process based on merit and scientific priorities. Optimum service to users is supported by Networking Activities (NA) and Joint Research Activities (JRA), which address key issues such as specimen preparation, data interpretation, treatment and automation through theory and simulation, and standardization of protocols and methodologies.
Innovative activities dedicated to the dissemination of expertise, education and training in cutting-edge quantitative transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques, such as schools, advanced workshops and webinars, are offered to the European electron microscopy users from academia, research institutes and industry.
Directed research programs involving the academic and industrial partners of the consortium focus on the further methodology development in imaging and diffraction, spectroscopy, in-situ techniques and metrology, and on advancing applied research of materials related to ICT, energy, health, and transport for the benefit of European scientists and industry. Moreover, the definition of strategic roadmaps and open access data policies aims to ensure the long-term sustainability of the consortium. In all, ESTEEM3 establishes a strategic leadership in electron microscopy to guide future developments and promote electron microscopy to the widest research community at large.
The University of Zaragoza and the Scientific Science University of Hong Kong (HKUST) have a joint international laboratory thanks to a collaboration agreement in the field of advanced microscopies.
Zaragoza and Hong Kong are positioned as world leaders in advanced microscopy for the study of new materials for the manufacture of sensors and nanoparticles for applications in nanobiomedicine, food and detection of pollutants in the environment. The creation of this laboratory arises from the high level of microscopy of the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory (LMA) – Singular Technical Scientific Installation or National Facility – located in the Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon (INA) and the close working relationship it maintains with one of the best Asian universities working in the field of materials characterization. Additionally, the Scientific Science University of Hong Kong (HKUST), despite its youth (it was created 25 years ago), has a wide range of very competitive degrees and master’s degrees and an interdisciplinary division of environmental studies, with a leading experimental platform in the deep analysis of matter. The final aim of this joint Laboratory is to share the infrastructures available at both institutions and establish collaborations in the interdisciplinary field of materials characterization. That is why, the exchange of scientists, joint programs for training researchers and attracting companies from both continents will be promoted in the framework of this agreement. To facilitate the use of these advanced and singular infrastructures the access conditions for researchers coming from any of these two institutions will be the same as those of internal users.
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