Here is the official news that the Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to the inventors/developers of Cryo Electron Microscopy. The Nobel Laureates are Jacques Dubochet, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Joachim Frank, Columbia University, New York, USA and Richard Henderson, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK.
It has now been shown that there is an easier and cheaper way to produce high NA lenses than by hand polishing.
Although this is not bioimaging, it is a very interesting example of what microscopes are capable of. And it has attracted a lot of attention to the field.
Check out the video on the details of the microscope and the cars:
And hear the result of the race:
Through two expansions the samples get up to 20x bigger and allow for detection of details that would correspond to STORM resolution. Quite impressive results.
Nanoscopy on a chip, using a cheap standard microscope. Interesting paper on emerging technologies.
Just before Christmas the first Danish researchers led by professor Jens Wenzel Andreasen from DTU Energy received data from experiments at MAX IV. The results will help to develop the next generation of solar cells.
“We applied for beamtime at the NanoMAX beamline during autumn 2016. This beamline has the highest resolution of the MAX IV beamlines. We managed to get beamtime at the facility on 21 December, just before the shut down for the Christmas holidays. The visit was very successful and we received data that will be included in our research concerning improvement of the power-producing layer of new types of solar cells” says Jens Wenzel Andreasen.
“To be able to test MAX IV at an early stage gives us the opportunity to provide input and feedback that can be used to adjust the final commissioning of NanoMAX. The final commissioning is scheduled to the coming months, when the beamline is tested in terms of what works best for the materials to be examined as well as for the future users. ”
Read this impressive paper and try it out yourself. Clever method that doesn’t require you to have fancy equipment or special fluorophores. It’s free!
Great images from the past – check it out!