Nanoscale Materials Characterization

Nanoscale Materials Characterization

Symposium Co-Chairs

Pierre PaninePierre Panine
Senior Scientist
Xenocs SA, France
Greg HaugstadGreg Haugstad
Director, Characterization Facility
University of Minnesota and NSF Materials Research Facilities Network
Dalia YablonDalia Yablon
Corporate Strategic Research
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Kumar  VirwaniPredicting Device Performance with Statistically Relevant Conducting Atomic Force Microscopy (C-­‐AFM)
Kumar Virwani
Research Scientist, Materials Analysis and Characterization, IBM Research - Almaden
Gunter E MoellerCharacterization of nano-structured polymers with AFM
Gunter E Moeller
Research Scientist, Arkema
Greg  MeyersPredicting Contrast in Dynamimc Atomic Force Microscopy of Polymeric Systems
Greg Meyers
Group Leader, Dow Chemical Company

Symposium Sessions

Tuesday June 19

11:00 Nanoscale Characterization: Scanning Probe Microscopy Keynotes
12:30 Networking Lunch - Expo
2:00 Nanoscale Characterization: Nanomechanical Methods
2:50 Nanoscale Characterization: Scanning Probe Microscopy Dynamics & Kelvin Probe
4:30 Expo Reception and Poster Session I (4:30 - 6:30)
 Nanoscale Materials Characterization

Wednesday June 20

11:00 Nanoscale Characterization: Nanoparticle Spectroscopy & Inverse-space Methods in Liquid
12:30 Networking Lunch - Expo
1:00 NNI - Director’s Networking Session, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
1:30 Exhibit and Poster Session II
 Nanoscale Materials Characterization
3:30 Nanoscale Characterization: Fundamental Electron Microscopy/Spectroscopy
5:10 Nanoscale Characterization: Nano-inclusions in Matrices
5:30 TechConnect Innovation Showcase Reception
6:00 CTSI Utility Technology Challenge Awards and Reception

Thursday June 21

10:00 National Nanotechnology Initiative Triennial Review
11:00 Nanoscale Characterization: Vendors
12:30 National Innovation Showcase - Networking Lunch (available for purchase)
4:00 TechConnect National Innovation Showcase, Reception & Poster Session III

Symposium Program

Tuesday June 19

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11:00Nanoscale Characterization: Scanning Probe Microscopy KeynotesGreat America K
Session chair: Dalia Yablon, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, US
11:00Predicting Contrast in Dynamic Atomic Force Microscopy of Polymeric Systems
G. Meyers, The Dow Chemical Company, US (bio)
11:30Characterization of polymer blends and alloys with atomic force microscopy (AFM)
G. Moeller, D. Garcia, Z. Cherian, L. Fang, Arkema Inc., US (bio)
12:00Predicting Device Performance with Statistically Relevant Conducting Atomic Force Microscopy (C-AFM)
K. Virwani, IBM Research - Almaden, US
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12:30Networking Lunch - ExpoExpo Hall AB
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2:00Nanoscale Characterization: Nanomechanical MethodsGreat America K
Session chair: Dalia Yablon, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, US
2:00In-situ Cantilever Shape Profiling – Implications for Quantitative Functional and Nanomechanical Measurements
R. Proksch, Asylum Research, US
2:30Seeing the invisible - ultrasonic force microscopy for true subsurface elastic imaging of semiconductor nanostructures with nanoscale resolution.
O.V. Kolosov, F. Dinelli, A. Krier, M. Henini, M. Hayne, P. Pinque, Lancaster University, UK
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2:50Nanoscale Characterization: Scanning Probe Microscopy Dynamics & Kelvin ProbeGreat America K
Session chair: Greg Haugstad, NSF Materials Research Facilities Network, US
2:50High-Speed AFM Studies of Cell Membrane Dynamics
A. Slade, J. Kindt, S. Minne, Bruker, US
3:20Experimental Determination of Conduction and Valence Bands of Semiconductor Nanoparticles using Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy
W. Zhang, Y. Chen, Georgia Institute of Technology, US
3:40Amorphous and semicrystalline phases in ultrathin films of poly(3-hydroxybutirate)
D.V. Bagrov, A.P. Bonartsev, V.A. Zhuikov, A.P. Boskhomdzhiev, V.L. Myshkina, T.K. Makhina, I.I. Zharkova, S.G. Yakovlev, V.V. Voinova, P.V. Ivanov, G.A. Bonartseva, K.V. Shaitan, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Biology, RU
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4:30Expo Reception and Poster Session I (4:30 - 6:30)Expo Hall AB
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Nanoscale Materials Characterization
-Multi-Parameter Characterization of Nanoparticle Dispersions by Size, Count and Scattering Intensity
D. Griffiths, W. Bernt, P. Hole, NanoSight USA, US
-Photoacoustic Study of CdS quantum Dots for Photovoltaic Applications
S. Abdallah, N. Al-Hosiny, A. Badawi, Taif University, SA
-Comparing Nanorulers for Nanoparticles
J. Bodycomb, F. Bath, I. Treviranus, K. Park, A. Hou, Horiba Scientific, US
-Raman Spectroscopy hyperspectral imager based on Bragg Tunable Filters
S. Marcet, M. Verhaegen, S. Blais-Ouellette, R. Martel, Photon etc., CA
-The effect of nanoparticles on the translucency and antimicrobial activities of experimental resin cements
B.S. Lim, S.J. Ahn, S.Y. Park, Seoul National University, School of Dentistry, KR
-The Study on Nanocellulose and Their Biocomposites
D.Y. Lim, S.Y. Yoon, M.J. Yoon, K.Y. Kim, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, KR
-Far-infrared Radiation Properties of Poly(vinyl alcohol) Nanofibrous Membranes Containing Germanium and Silicon Dioxide
J. Chung, S. Lee, Yonsei University, KR
-Preparation and Characterization of nZnO/fly ash Composite
O.S. Ayanda, O.S. Fatoki, F.A. Adekola, B.J. Ximba, Cape Peninsula Univerty of Technology, ZA
-Characterizing Environmental Transformation of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes and Carbon Nano-Fiber Composites using Thermal Analysis and Related Hyphenated Techniques
E. Sahle-Demessie, A. Zhao, A.W. Salamon, B. Cassel, N.A. Gagliardi, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, US
-Nanocomposites based on epoxy resin/ graphene nanoplatelets: structure and properties
H. Ribeiro, W. Marcos. Silva, J.C. Neves, M.-T. Rodrigues, R. Paniago, L. Seara, G.G. Silva, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, BR
-Design, synthesis and investigations of mesogen encapsulated gold nanoparticles
C.H. Yu, C.J. Welch, B.J. Tang, C.J. Schubert, G.H. Mehl, University of Hull, UK
-Synthesis and characterization of carbon nanotubes by catalytic decomposition of acetylene with Fe/Co/MgO, Co/Zn/Al and (C5H7O2)3Mn/Al as catalysts
E.D. Dikio, Vaal University of Technology, ZA
-Synthesis and characterization of nematic gold nanoparticles
C.H. Yu, C.J. Welch, C.J. Schubert, B.J. Tang, L. Cseh, G.H. Mehl, University of Hull, UK
-A conducting polymer/Ag nanoparticle composite as a nitrate sensor
M. Atmeh, B.E. Alcock-Earley, Petra University, JO
-Ferromagnetic Resonance in amine/organic acid caped Au-nanoparticles assisted by rare-earths oxides
G.G. Lesseux, W. Iwamoto, V.H. Rosas, C. Vautier-Giongo, D. Rettori, C. Rettori, Universidade Estadual de campinas, BR
-SC-15 Epoxy Reinforced with Magnetic Nanofillers under Uniform Magnetic Field – An Investigation of Anisotropic Physical Properties
O. Malkina, H. Mahfuz, K.D. Sorge, A.J. Rondinone, J. Chen, V.K. Rangari, Florida Atlantic University, US
-Mechanical properties of suspended few layers graphene sheets
N. Sridi, B. Lebental, J. Azevedo, J.C. Gabriel, A. Ghis, CEA-Grenoble, FR
-Electropulsing induced nanophase decomposition and structural characteristics of film of alloy ZA27
Y. Zhu, S. To, W.B. Lee, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, CN
-Tuning Wettability of Electrospun Three-dimensional Scaffolds through Morphology Control
F. Ahmed, N.R. Choudhury, N.K. Dutta, University of South Australia, AU
-The Effect of Growth Temperature on Aluminum Nanocrystal Embedded AlOxNy for Non-Volatile Memory
N-H Chen, P-H Hsieh, S-J Huang, F-S Huang, National Tsing Hua University, TW
-Multiplexed TEM imaging for nanomaterial characterization on a single EM grid
T. Jain, B. Carragher, C.S. Potter, The Scripps Research Institute, US
-A Comparison of a Novel Muffle Furnace-based Alkaline Fusion Digestion Technique with Hydrofluoric Acid Microwave and Bunsen Burner Alkaline Fusion Digestion Techniques for Analysis of Anthropogenic Titanium Dioxide in Environmental Matrices
R.G. Silva, M.N. Nadagouda, J. Webster, S. Govindaswamy, K.D. Hristovski, R.G. Ford, C. Patterson, C.A. Impellitteri, Shaw Environmental Inc., US
-Yarn pull-out force of STF treated Kevlar fabric
N.H. Kwon. W.Y. Jeong, D.Y. Lim, E. Yoo, J. Kim, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, KR
-Small World and Collaboration Networks: Evidence from China’s Nanotech Patenting
J. Guan, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, CN
-Nanotechnology Education and Fabrication: No Cleanroom Required
D.M. Newberry, J. Ireland, Dakota County Technical College, US

Wednesday June 20

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11:00Nanoscale Characterization: Nanoparticle Spectroscopy & Inverse-space Methods in LiquidGreat America K
Session chair: Pierre Panine, Xenocs SA, France
11:00Agglomerates and Aggregates: Number and Size of Primary Particles from in-situ Mass-Mobility Measurements
M.L. Eggersdorfer, A.J. Gröhn, C.M. Sorensen, P.H. McMurry, S.E. Pratsinis, ETH Zurich, CH
11:20Highly Stable PEGylated Gold Nanoparticles in water: Applications in biology and catalysis
K. Rahme, M.T. Nolan, T. Doody, G.P. McGlacken, C. O’Driscoll, J.D. Holmes, Notre Dame University (NDU), LB
11:40In-situ structural characterization of SWCNTs for probing the polymer/nanorod interactions
T. Liu, Florida State University, US
12:00Non destructive nanoscale characterization with x-ray: the case of SAXS/WAXS
P. Panine, Xenocs, FR (bio)
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12:30Networking Lunch - ExpoExhibit Hall AB
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1:00NNI - Director’s Networking Session, National Nanotechnology Coordination OfficeExhibit Hall A
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1:30Exhibit and Poster Session IIExhibit Hall AB
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Nanoscale Materials Characterization
-Nano-contacts and Nano-interconnects
G. Monty, Underwriters Laboratories, and IEC TC113, US
-Novel method and device for high resolution and quantitative sizing of nanoparticles suspended in liquids
J.E. Farnsworth, J.H. Scheckman, J.S. Higgins, K. Erickson, E. Willis, T. Johnson, R. Caldow, TSI Incorporated, US
-Lipid Nanoparticles as Novel Carrier for Broad-spectrum Sunscreen Formulations
X.Y. Deng, H.J. Zhou, Y.L. Chen, J.M. Wang, Q. Xia, Southeast University, CN
-Size effect of properties in hybrid of gold nanoparticles and calamitic mesogen
C.H. Yu, C. Welch, B.J. Tang, C.J. Schubert, G.H. Mehl, University of Hull, UK
-Charging of Nanodisks to Induce Shifts in Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance using Low Temperature Argon Plasma
M.I. Lapsley, A. Shahravan, Q. Hao, B. Krishna Juluri, S. Giardinelli, M. Lu, Y. Zhao, I-K Chiang, T. Matsoukas, T.J. Huang, Pennsylvania State University, US
-Study on room temperature magnetic behaviour of Tb-doped ZnO nanoparticles
G. Singh Lotey, Z. Jindal, V. Kumar, N.K. Verma, Thapar University, India, US
-Hertz Elastic Contact in Spherical Nanoindentation Considering Infinitesimal Deformation of Indenter
S.-K. Kang, Y.-C. Kim, Y.-H. Lee, J.-Y. Kim, D. Kwon, Seoul National University, KR
-Investigating Titanium Dioxide Film of a Dye-sensitized Solar Cells using Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and Raman Spectroscopy
E. Lee, HORIBA Scientific, US
-A facile block copolymer inclusion technique for large scale monodisperse hexagonal arrays of superparamagnetic iron oxides nanodots
T. Ghoshal, T. Maity, J.F. Godsell, S. Roy, M.A. Morris, University College Cork, IE
-Bistable Liquid Crystal Alignment Based on Two-dimensional Surface Relief Gratings in IPS Devices
B.Y. Huang, K.Y. Yu, C.T. Kuo, National Sun Yat-Sen University, TW
-Platinum Silicide probes: A novel approach to manufacture highly conductive AFM probes with small radii and high wear resistance
O. Krause, A. Sebastian, M. Despont, Nanoworld Services, DE
-Effect of plasma treatment on the growth rate and nanostructure of zinc oxide nanorods
A. Jeong, H. Ryu, N. Browning and J. Yun, Kyungnam University, KR
-Direct nanoscale 3D characterisation of Ge-Sb-Te and Ge-Te phase change films
I. Grishin, O.V. Kolosov, Lancaster University, UK
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3:30Nanoscale Characterization: Fundamental Electron Microscopy/SpectroscopyGreat America K
Session chair: Greg Haugstad, NSF Materials Research Facilities Network, US
3:30Comprehensive Microscopy Analysis of Au/Ag Nanoclusters on Silica Nanospheres
H. Qian, W. Shen, K. Cui, J. Cho, H. Fenniri, National Institute for Nanotechnology, CA
3:50Spectroscopic study on the charge redistribution between Au and Ag in Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles
S. Nishimura, D.T.N. Anh, D. Mott, K. Ebitani, S. Maenosono, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, JP
4:10Investigation of Optical Properties of layered MoS2
S. Shukla, S. Saxena, E. Mazur, Indian Institute of technology Bombay, IN
4:303D Metrology of sub-60 nm Isolated Lines Using TSOM Optical Method
R. Attota, R.G. Dixson, NIST, US
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5:10Nanoscale Characterization: Nano-inclusions in MatricesGreat America K
Session chair: Greg Haugstad, NSF Materials Research Facilities Network, US
5:10Calculation of Nanoparticle Filler Content in Solid or Liquid Dispersions
R.L. Khalfin, Y. Cohen, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, IL
5:30Silver Precipitation in Energy-Scavenging Aluminum Nitride Resonators
F.S. Alleyne, M. Ford, R. Gronsky, T.-T. Yen, A.P. Pisano, University of California, Berkeley, US
5:50A New Type of Carbon Nanostructure Formed Within a Metal-Matrix
L. Salamanca-Riba, A. Herzing, A. Mansour, A. Hall, D.R. Forrest, M. LeMieux, J. Shugart, University of Maryland, US
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5:30TechConnect Innovation Showcase ReceptionExpo Hall CD
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6:00CTSI Utility Technology Challenge Awards and ReceptionExpo Theater 1
Session chair: Patti Glaza, Arsenal Venture Partners, US

Thursday June 21

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10:00National Nanotechnology Initiative Triennial ReviewGreat America 1
Session chair: Erik Svedberg, National Materials and Manufacturing, National Academies, US
10:00NNI Town Hall Meeting
E. Svedberg, National Nanotechnology Initiative, US
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11:00Nanoscale Characterization: VendorsGrand Ballroom A
Session chair: Greg Haugstad, NSF Materials Research Facilities Network, US
11:00AM-­FM and Loss Tangent Imaging-Two New Tools for Quantitative Nanomechanical Properties
R. Proksch, I. Revenko, S. Hohlbach, J. Cleveland, N. Geisse, A. Moshar, J. Bemis, C. Callahan, Asylum Research, US
11:20Multi-Parametric Surface Plasmon Resonance – A new technique to determine thickness and refractive index of thin and thick layers
M. Robinson, J. Kuncova-Kallio, N. Granqvist, J.W. Sadowski, BioNavis, LTD, US
11:40Nanostructured Material Characterization by X-ray Diffraction
S. Rekhi, K. Macchiarola, B. Litteer, PANalytical Inc., US
12:00Design of a Small, Battery-Operated Nanoparticle Sizer
K. Erickson, J. Johnson, M. Grose, J. Kolb, S. Morell, R. Caldow, TSI Incorporated, US
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12:30National Innovation Showcase - Networking Lunch (available for purchase)Expo Hall CD
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4:00TechConnect National Innovation Showcase, Reception & Poster Session IIIExpo Hall CD

Special Symposium

Most technology-relevant scientific projects include advanced characterization at the nanoscale level. This symposium targets a wide range of nanoscale characterization techniques including microscopy, scattering, spectroscopy/spectrometry, nanomechanical and other tools, along with specimen preparation methods and handling. It is essential that this burgeoning knowledge base be transparently presented to the broad nanotechnology community. NSTI will use this event to promote the rapid education, dissemination, and commercialization of new characterization techniques into industries based in both physical and life sciences. The symposium seeks to introduce general technique types to newcomers, report pioneering methods, and drill down into new physical understandings, all the while emphasizing applications useful to industrial engineers and technicians.

Advances in characterization include not only far-field probes (e.g., beams of electrons, ions, neutrons or photons) and near-field probes (indentors, nanotips, fibers and nanotubes), but also a growing intellectual component whereby data are manipulated, analyzed, rendered and simulated to yield meaningful information. As some tools and methods have become more common and practical, certain misunderstandings and misinterpretations also have crept into the lexicon. Beside an element of “methods training” to promote the insightful application of characterization tools in nanotechnology R&D, this symposium will emphasize projects that utilize a broad spectrum of complementary techniques to yield meaningful findings.

Nanotech 2012 will include a special focus area on the applications of AFM to nanoscale characterization.

Topics & Application Areas

  • Direct space imaging methods
  • Indirect space methods & spectroscopy
  • Polymer phase transition & kinetics
  • Nanocomposites morphology & structure
  • Thin-film structure
  • Characterizing nanocatalysis surfaces
  • Microelectronic devices: material characterization
  • Liquid suspensions/melts
  • Other

Journal Submissions

Experimental Nanoscience

Journal of Experimental Nanoscience

Selected Nanotech Proceedings papers will be reviewed and invited into a Special Issue of the Journal of Experimental Nanoscience. The journal provides a showcase for advances in the experimental sciences underlying nanotechnology and nanomaterials.

For consideration into this Special Issue of the Journal of Experimental Nanoscience, please select the “Submit to Journal of Experimental Nanoscience” button during the on-line submission procedure.


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Medical & Biotech

Energy & Environment

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