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October 5th, 2007

Science of Ultra-Small Poised to Bring Gigantic Gains; UA Positions Itself as Nanotechnology Leader

Abstract:
"We've built a major research instrumentation center related to nanotechnology," said Mike Bersch, director of UA's Central Analytical Facility, where much of the latest equipment operates. "We want to lead the pack -- not be in the pack."

UA's latest equipment acquisition in the research of the very small is called a Local Electron Atom Probe, known as a LEAP. Acquired recently from Imago, the highly sophisticated instrument permits UA researchers to determine the position and type of atom in various materials and view the structure in 3-D.

"This is significant," said Bersch, "because we know -- at both the macro- and nano-scales -- a material's properties, such as strength or conductivity, depend upon which atoms are where."

Under an agreement with Imago, which provides support of nanotechnology research across the U.S., Japan, Europe and Asia, UA and the company's researchers will work jointly on projects.

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University of Alabama

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