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Key achievements and challenges in STM and AFM

Sergei Kalinin describes the impact of developing data-controlled scanning probe microscopy and future big data approaches.

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Sergei Kalinin: Favourites in scanning probe microscopy 30 years on

Sergei Kalinin describes the impact of the development of data-controlled scanning probe microscopy and the future of big, deep and smart data approaches in the field.

Mervyn Miles: Favourites in scanning probe microscopy 30 years on

Mervyn Miles describes developments towards high-speed non-contact atomic force microscopy for studying living cells.

Flexible and Printed Electronics: launching into an emerging field

With the launch of Flexible and Printed Electronics, we catch up with researchers and one of the journal’s editors to hear their thoughts on this emerging interdisciplinary field.

Biomedical Materials marks milestone achievements

As Biomedical Materials marks its 10th anniversary, we caught up with the editor-in-chief and researchers at a reception to celebrate the event. out the lab: Commercialising AFM probe production

James Vicary describes commercial AFM probe production at NuNano.

Environmental effects of oxide nanomaterials

Stanislaus Wong describes some of the factors affecting the toxicity of oxide nanomaterials. in the lab 6: Silicon quantum dots

Ilya Sychugov shows his research creating and characterising silicon quantum dots.

Embracing complexity in photonics spoke to researchers at this year’s science camp for early career scientists to hear about developments in complex photonics. in the lab 5: Biocompatible lasers

Riccardo Sapienza and Marta Castro Lopez show us their research creating biocompatible lasers that could be used to diagnose disease. in the lab 4: Quantum-dot light sources for industry

Yunjun Wang describes research at Suzhou Xingshou Nanotech Co., Ltd in Nanopolis developing quantum dots with high purity, efficiency and stability that are also low in cost. summer round up 2015

We bring you some of the highlights from the past three months on in the lab 3: Manipulating light with metamaterials

Silvia Peruch and Nicolas Olivier show us their work in Anatoly Zayat's Lab at King's College London looking at metamaterials where arrays of nanostructures behave collectively to yield properties that differ from a single nanostructure. in the lab 2: Optical sensing and imaging beyond the diffraction limit

Pablo Alonso describes how a scanned probe can be used for sensing and imaging beyond the diffraction limit. in the lab 1: Increasing control of optical properties with magnetoplasmonics

Paolo Vavassori describes his research combining magnetic properties with plasmonic systems. at the Faraday Discussions 6: Finding the ultimate limit to light confinement

Jacob Khurgin describes research to find better plasmonic materials and a possible ultimate limit to the plasmonic confinement of light. at the Faraday Discussions 5: Controlling plasmons

Prineha Narang describes how theory can guide control of plasmon properties such as their decay. at the Faraday Discussions 4: Using biomaterials for photonics

Riccardo Sapienza describes photonic properties such as lasing can be achieved with biomaterials. at the Faraday Discussions 3: Achieving extreme photonics with nanostructures

Nader Engheta describes how different nanostructures can achieve extreme photonic properties such as near-zero permittivity and permeability. at the Faraday Discussions 2: Manipulating light interactions with metamaterials

Anatoly Zayats describes how different nanostructures can produce metamaterials with a range of properties. at the Faraday Discussions 1: Combining nanophotonics with femtosecond optics

Niek van Hulst describes his research combining nanophotonics with femtosecond optics.


Nanotechnology Discussion Webinar: Nanophotonics

To celebrate the International Year of Light, Nanotechnology has been producing a focus collection of some of the most exciting developments in nanophotonics. In this webinar, authors of some of the papers in the collection briefly introduce their results, after which the papers are open for extensive discussion. Webinar attendees are encouraged to raise comments and questions regarding the work presented, for the panel of authors to respond to.

The papers to be discussed are available at and include:

The papers to be discussed are available at Nanotechnology Focus on Nanophotonics and include:

Gate-controlled mid-infrared light bending with aperiodic graphene nanoribbons array Eduardo Carrasco, Michele Tamagnone, Juan R Mosig, Tony Low and Julien Perruisseau-Carrier 2015 Nanotechnology 26 134002

Graphene metascreen for designing compact infrared absorbers with enhanced bandwidth Pai-Yen Chen, Mohamed Farhat and Hakan Bağcý 2015 Nanotechnology 26 164002

Anomalous effective medium approximation breakdown in deeply subwavelength all-dielectric photonic multilayers Andrei Andryieuski, Andrei V Lavrinenko and Sergei V Zhukovsky 2015 Nanotechnology 26 184001

Atomic-scale luminescence measurement and theoretical analysis unveiling electron energy dissipation at a p-type GaAs(110) surface Hiroshi Imada, Kuniyuki Miwa, Jaehoon Jung, Tomoko K Shimizu, Naoki Yamamoto and Yousoo Kim 2015 Nanotechnology 26 365402


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Low-dimensional Materials Characterization with Correlative Microscopy: Raman-AFM-SNOM-SEM

The aim of this webinar is to highlight the benefits of correlative microscopy for studies of graphene and related two-dimensional transition metal dichalogenides (TMDs) such as MoS2 and WS2. Raman Imaging is used to characterize the optoelectronic properties of 2D materials. In combination with AFM and SEM the precise geometric dimensions of these materials is determined. Photonic properties can be gained using SNOM. >

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One-dimensional quantum wire: physics and applications at ultra low temperatures

One of the most fascinating areas of research in mesoscopic physics is the transport properties of one-dimensional (1D) quantum wires. In this webinar, we present recent experimental results of a low-density quasi-1D device fabricated using GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure,that has different gating combinations to control the carrier density and confinement potential.

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Latest advances in plasma techniques used for atomic layer deposition

Atomic layer deposition (ALD) has established itself as the deposition technique of choice for ultra-thin, controlled, conformal, pin-hole free coatings. In an age of nanotechnology advances ALD is an ideal tool for depositing on nanoscale features.

Professor Erwin Kessels covers:
• recent advances in plasma ALD processing through careful control of the ion energies and plasma conditions to tune the properties of the materials being deposited;
• applications of ALD that have benefited from advanced plasma techniques.

The webinar runs for 45 minutes and includes a question and answer session at the end.

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Navigated Atomic Force Microscopy with N8 NEOS

Most atomic force microscopes (AFM) are stand-alone configurations. They either have limited viewing options or only work with transparent samples with less than optimal resolution e.g. in combination with inverted optical microscopes. The N8 NEOS is the first high-performance AFM with the look and feel of an upright optical microscope. The truly seamless integration of the two methods combines both, fast sample navigation and optimum resolution.
The webinar highlights the unique features and upgrade options that make the N8 NEOS a versatile and efficient surface inspection tool. Various applications demonstrate the advantages of a navigated AFM even on samples hardly accessible with conventional instruments.

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