Analysts create innovative nanotechnology

A multidisciplinary group of analysts at Northwestern and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have built up a new strategy of electron microscopy that permits examination of nanoscale tubular materials while they form liquids.

The procedure, known as variable temperature liquid-phase transmission electron microscopy (VT-LPTEM), is a first in the field of nanomaterial technology. It enables specialists to look at nanomaterials while they are “alive,” instead of the static state they must be analyzed in before the technology.

Chemistry and engineering Prof. Nathan Gianneschi co-led the investigation with David Jenkins, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Tennessee. Gianneschi is additionally the associate director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology.

The hugeness of LPTEM can be contrasted with the improvement of live-cell imaging in biology in the 20th century. Live-cell imaging enabled researchers to ability to study cells as they created and engaged in essential functions, though before the advancement, researchers could just examination dead cells.

LPTEM can give scientists a comparable ability to study nanomaterials while they effectively create and form fluids, as opposed to concentrate fixed, static nanomaterials.

“We think LPTEM could do for nanoscience what live-cell light microscopy has done for biology,” Gianneschi said.

The research paper, “Elucidating the growth of metal-organic nanotubes combining isoreticular synthesis with liquid-cell transmission electron microscopy,” was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society this previous week.