Heidelberg MLA150

The Heidelberg MLA150 is a direct write lithography tool located in SHyNE Resource’s Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility (PNF) at The University of Chicago. The Heidelberg MLA150 uses ultraviolet light to pattern substrates with a light-sensitive polymer, called a photoresist. Those patterns can be further transferred to the substrate by adding or removing material. By creating multiple Read More…

Bruker Avance III 600 MHz system

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is a method that exploits the magnetic properties of certain atomic nuclei and determines the physical and chemical properties of atoms or the molecules in which they are contained. Since compounds and materials are composed of all kinds of elements, many of them are NMR active and can be easily detected Read More…

Deep Reactive Ion Etcher – STS LpX Pegasus

The Deep Reactive Ion Etcher (DRIE) uses a patented process to etch 3D features into silicon wafers. This allows users to create micro and nano-scale silicon-based devices ranging from probe tips to sensors to optical coatings.  Unlike other etching processes, the DRIE is capable of creating very high aspect ratio structures without impacting the surrounding Read More…

Hitachi HD-2300 Dual EDS Cryo STEM

The Hitachi HD-2300 Dual EDS Cryo STEM (HD 2300) is a versatile Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope used for imaging and elemental analysis. The HD 2300 actually has three different electron detectors for different imaging modes (Transmitted Electron Detector, Annular Detector, and a Secondary Electron Detector) and features an electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy detector (EELS) and Read More…

Rigaku SMAX3000

The ability to create nanostructures and their controlled assemblies on solid substrates and in bulk solutions is critical for advancement of many technologies. The Rigaku SMAX3000 aids in the study of nanostructures by using X-ray scattering for deducing nanoparticles’ shape, size distribution, assembly structure, and defects in a particular structure. So what exactly is x-ray Read More…

X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

The X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) is used for surface analysis in SHyNE’s NUANCE/Keck –II facility. How it works: A focused monochromated X-ray beam bombards the surface of a specimen and generates photoelectrons and through the analysis of the kinetic energy of the photoelectrons, the binding energy can be calculated. Therefore the elements (and their chemical Read More…