SYDNEY, Australia and MADISON, Wis., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The
Nanostructural Analysis Network Organisation (NANO) has commissioned at the
University of Sydney a unique state-of-the-art instrument for nanostructural
The LEAP(R) Atom Probe Microscope developed and marketed by Imago
Scientific Instruments Corporation, of Madison, Wisconsin USA, represents
world leading capability for 3-D imaging and analysis at the atomic scale.
"We are pleased that Australia's national nanotechnology facility has
selected our instrument for some of their most advanced problems," said Dr.
Timothy Stultz, President and CEO of Imago Scientific Instruments. Dr. Stultz
added, "The LEAP(R) Microscope represents a revolutionary scientific
breakthrough for microscopy -- this technology will have a widespread impact
on a multitude of industries worldwide."
Imago recently received the 2004 Small Times Magazine Best of Small Tech
Product of the Year Award for their innovative LEAP(R) Metrology System. The
LEAP Microscope also won the R&D 100 Award, an award sponsored by R&D
Magazine, which recognizes the 100 most technologically innovative products
introduced into the marketplace in the past year.
"The atom probe is a powerful instrument for exploring the structure and
function of materials at the atomic scale and will contribute greatly to the
field of alloy design," said Simon Ringer, Director of the Electron Microscope
Unit at the University of Sydney and Executive Director NANO-MNRF. "We are
already using the instrument to investigate a variety of light alloys
including magnesium and aluminum and have plans to examine a range of other
materials. This will place NANO at the forefront in the use of atom probe
tomography to investigate the nanoscale."
Ellie Kable, Laboratory Manager added, "Of all the vendors whose
instruments we have purchased, it has been a pleasure to work with Imago
Scientific Instruments -- this has been a dream installation."
All Australian and international researchers who have an interest in
atomic analysis of alloys can gain access the new atom probe facility through
the NANO Travel and Access Program.
NANO ( http://www.nano.org.au ) is one of 15 Australian Major National
Research Facilities. It has been formed as an unincorporated joint venture
between the Universities of Sydney, Queensland, New South Wales, Western
Australia, and Melbourne, and also includes Imago Scientific Incorporated of
NANO receives funding from the Commonwealth Government and from several
State governments as well as from industry. This MNRF was designed to unite a
number of Australian university microscopy and microanalysis centres into a
single national network of laboratories, unified in terms of both equipment
and research expertise. Thus the NANO-MNRF provides the peak Australian
facility for the nano-metric analysis of the structure and chemistry of
materials in physical and biological systems.
Imago Scientific Instruments Corporation ( http://www.imago.com ) is the
recognized world leader in the development of Nanolytical(R) tools and
solutions for manufactures, engineers, scientists and researchers involved in
the nano-technology revolution. Imago is committed to the sustained
advancement of nano-science and continually develops groundbreaking
Nanolytical solutions to address unique issues facing our clients and
Imago has developed a worldwide customer base and delivers support from a
number of locations in the United States, Japan, and Asia Pacific. Imago is
an industry partner in NANO-MNRF.
SOURCE Imago Scientific Instruments Corporation; Nanostructural Analysis