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During decades in electron optic, we have helped many customers, from small researcher teams enjoying increased work effectiveness after installing small TEM in their lab up to large corporations profiting from our customer solutions or cooperation on international projects.

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User Profiles

WHO WE HELP

Customers

Before getting the LVEM 5, we had to send our samples abroad with all the consequences, including long waiting times, the possibility of sample decomposition, and a limited number of samples to be tested.

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WHERE WE PARTICIPATE

Projects and cooperations

ELI

The world's most intense laser system

  • Title: ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure)
  • Period: 2012 -- present
  • Goal: To support thescientific excellence in Europe by building and operating the world's mostintense laser system.
  • Role: Partner developing, engineering and supplying  optomechanical manipulators including vacuum chambers, electronic control  systems, software and installation.
  • Coordinator: Fyzikální ústav AV ČR v. v. i.?
  • ELI Beamlines is a partof the ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) pan-European project representing aunique tool of support of scientific excellence in Europe. ELI Beamlines aimsto operate the world's most intense laser system. With ultra-high power 10 PWand concentrated intensities of up to 1024 W/square cm, we offer our users aunique source of radiation and rays of accelerated particles. These beamlinesenable pioneering research not only in physics and material science, but alsoin biomedicine and laboratory astrophysics and many other fields.
  • Since 2012, we have delivered more than 50 optomechanicalmanipulators and 15 vacuum chambers with a volume of 1-20 m3. 
  • Optomechanical manipulators of DELONGINSTRUMENTS are superaccurate positioning systems equipped with mirrors orgrids. With positioning accuracy in microradians, their dimensions range fromtens of centimetres to meters and weights of tens of kilograms. Themanipulators are placed in vacuum chambers on optomechanical benches, which areseparately anchored to the structure of the laser centre building to increasethe accuracy and stability of positioning. All these measures increase theaccuracy and are absolutely necessary for the final quality of the own laserbeam used for materials or medical research experiments.

MINITEM

The world’s first portable TEM for identification of viruses and other biological nanoparticles

  • Title: E!6143 MiniTEM.
  • Period: 5/2011 – 4/2014.
  • Eurostars™ granted project.
  • Goal: To develop the world’s first portable transmission electron microscope for identification of viruses and characterization of other biological nanoparticles.
  • Funding Body:  Eurostars™ Programme (EUREKA, European Community).
  • Role: R&D team member.
  • Coordinator: Vironova AB.
  • The project was ranked nr 2 out of 110 qualified applications from companies and universities around Europe within diverse applications and industries.
  • MiniTEM was a collaborative project between Swedish company Vironova AB (publ), DELONG INSTRUMENTS a.s. and the Centre for Image Analysis (CBA), part of Uppsala University and Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences. The members of the consortium together provided a unique approach to rapid, automated and cost efficient virus diagnostics and nanoparticle characterization through miniaturized transmission electron microscope (TEM) and image analysis technology. The developed products address the two large and fast growing global markets of virus diagnostics and nanomedicine related research and development. The prospective customers are primarily pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and universities world-wide which seek improved solutions to new and currently unmet needs.
  • About Eurostars: The Eurostars™ Programme (“Eurostars”) is a European innovation programme. Its purpose is to provide funding for market-oriented research and development with the active participation of research and development – performing small- and medium-sized enterprises. Eurostars is a joint initiative between EUREKA and the EU Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7).

McXI

Affordable stand-alone compact soft X-ray microscope for in-vitro studies at the cellular level.

  • Title: McXI – A tabletop automated solution for an in-vitro microscope McXI.
  • Period 5/2009 – 4/2011.
  • Goal: To develop the first affordable stand-alone compact soft X-ray microscope for in-vitro studies at the cellular level.
  • Funding Body:  Eurostars™ Programme (EUREKA, European Community).
  • Role: R&D team member.
  • Coordinator: Nano-UV.
  • The goal was to develop the first affordable stand-alone compact soft X-ray microscope for in-vitro studies at the cellular level. This was made possible by a compact soft X-ray source that can produce high spectral brightness, high flux with small beam divergence. This source was coupled to a set of diffractive optics to offer 30 nm resolution for a high-resolution microscope.
  • The microscope development has been supported by the Eurostars Programme McXI E!4885 which has pulled together leading experts from the fields of microscopy and X-ray science. It was initiated with partners Nano-UV from France and Silson Ltd in the UK.
  • DELONG INSTRUMENTS provided expertise in vacuum technology and mechatronics, supported by solid in-house engineering design and manufacturing skill.
  • Silson Ltd provided expertise in zone plates and silicon functional membranes, created using a variety of lithographic processes.
  • NANO-UV provided expertise in pulse power and plasma management, supported by extensive numerical modelling capability and a manufacturing base.

AXIS

Advanced X-ray source based on field emitting carbon nanotubes cold cathode.

  • Title: AXIS – Advanced X-ray source based on field emitting Carbon Nanotubes cold cathode.
  • Period: 9/2008 – 2/2011.
  • Goal: Development of the microfocus x-ray tube based on the emitting carbon nanotubes (CNT) cathode.
  • Funding Body:  FP7 – European Seventh Framework Programme, European Union.
  • Role: SME beneficiary and R&D team member.
  • Coordinator: Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IFN CNR).
  • Development of the microfocus x-ray tube based on the emitting carbon nanotubes (CNT) cathode was the main goal of the AXIS project. AXIS denotes here the “Advanced X-ray source based on field emitting Carbon Nanotubes cold cathode”.
  • The source should have high intrinsic brilliance and high peak power, possibility of operation in continuous and in pulsed mode, modularity of the emitting spot size due to properties of the CNT cathode and high stability.

MAGIC

Maskless lithography for IC manufacturing

  • Title: MAGIC – MAskless lithoGraphy for IC manufacturing.
  • Period: 1/2008 – 12/2010.
  • Goal: Tool – first Electron Mask-Less Lithography (ML2) alpha platform compatible with 32 nm half pitch technology.
  • Funding Body:  FP7 – European Seventh Framework Programme, European Union.
  • Role: R&D team member.
  • Coordinator: CEA LETI.
  • This project proposed to support the development of ML2 technology in Europe. It was composed of two linked poles. The first one was focused on multi-beam principles developed by the two European companies MAPPER and IMS Nanofabrication AG, tools with the objective to deliver a first Mask-Less Lithography (ML2) alpha platform compatible with 32 nm half pitch technology before 2010, aligned with the semiconductor manufacturer requirements. In relation with this activity, the program developed the required infrastructure for the usage of these tools in an industrial environment. Among the tasks to be addressed, there was the delivery of a reliable software platform to treat the data base preparation and to provide solutions for ML2 related electron proximity effects. The last concern of this project was to demonstrate the ability to integrate CMOS processes in real manufacturing conditions on the ML2 platform developed by the tool partners.

FT-TA4/126

Nano-tip semiconductive titanates for cold electron emitters

  • Title: FT-TA4/126 – Nano-tip semiconductive titanates for cold electron emitters.
  • Period: 1/2007 – 12/2010.
  • Goal: To develop titanate nano-tips capable of electron cold field emission.
  • Funding Body:  TANDEM Programme, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic.
  • Role: R&D team member.
  • Preparation of new semiconductive nano-tip titanates. Design of new cold field emission electron sources from semiconductive nano-tip titanates. Their application for cold field emitter for electron gun of an electron microscope.

GOLEM

Bio-inspired assembly process for micro- and nano- products

  • Title: GOLEM – Bio-inspired Assembly Process for Micro- and Nano- Products.
  • Period: 9/2006 – 8/2009.
  • Goal: To understand and investigate the use of bio-inspired bonds to self-assemble small components.
  • Funding Body:  FP6 – European Sixth Framework Programme, European Union.
  • Role: R&D team member.
  • Coordinator: TU Eindhoven.
  • GOLEM was an acronym of a European research initiative to understand and investigate the use of bio-inspired bonds to self-assemble small components. The GOLEM concept was to use an approach based on bio-inspired events to assemble parts at the micro- /nano- scale. The objective was to mimic methods used by nature to interface organic and non-organic material and also molecular recognition properties like antibodies/antigens, proteins receptors/ligands interaction or DNA hybridization to uniquely define mating pairs between nano-objects to assemble.

CHARPAN

Charged particle nanotech

  • Title: CHARPAN – Charged Particle Nanotech.
  • Period: 4/2005 – 3/2009.
  • Goal: Projection Mask-Less Patterning (PMLP) technology, based on hundreds of thousands of finely focused particle (ion) beams with <10 nm resolution.
  • Funding Body:  FP6 – European Sixth Framework Programme, European Union.
  • Role: R&D team member.
  • Coordinator: IMS Nanofabrication AG, Vienna, Austria.
  • CHARPAN – Charged Particle Nanotech was an Integrated Project in the European Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), in the research priority NMP (“Nanotechnologies and Nanosciences, knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials, and new Production Processes and Devices”).
  • Projection Mask-Less Patterning (PMLP) technology, based on hundreds of thousands of finely focused particle (ion) beams with <10 nm resolution.
  • A proof-of-concept tool applying PMLP technology has been realized in the CHARPAN project. It demonstrated <20nm resolution and 3-dimensional nanopatterning of surfaces.
  • CHARPAN was based on the expertise of a team of 19 partners from industry, academia and research institutes from 12 countries (Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Spain, and the United Kingdom).

RIMANA

Radical innovation maskless nanolithography

  • Title: RIMANA – Radical Innovation Maskless Nanolithography.
  • Period: 10/2005 – 9/2008.
  • Goal: To research and develop an electron multibeam maskless nano-patterning technology.
  • Funding Body:  FP6 – European Sixth Framework Programme, European Union.
  • Role: R&D team member.
  • Coordinator: IMS Nanofabrication.
  • The research project RIMANA (Radical Innovation Maskless Nanolithography) aimed to research and develop a key maskless nanolithography multibeam technology for low to medium volume production, essential for the semiconductor industry and emerging nanotechnology industry.

PRAXIS

A portable raman-X-ray instrument

  • Title: PRAXIS – A portable raman – X-ray instrument.
  • Period: 12/2001 – 10/2005.
  • Goal: Development of an innovative Portable Raman X-ray Instrument (PRAXIS) to combine elemental and molecular fingerprinting analysis capabilities at the microscopic scale in one, easily transportable, instrument.
  • Funding Body:  FP5 – European Fifth Framework Programme, European Union.
  • Role: R&D team member.
  • Coordinator: Universiteit Antwerpen.
  • Development of an innovative Portable Raman X-ray Instrument (PRAXIS) to combine elemental and molecular fingerprinting analysis capabilities at the microscopic scale in one, easily transportable, instrument. Expertise from different areas, in particular Raman and X-ray Fluorescence spectroscopy know-how, Raman/XRF instrument-construction expertise and chemo metrics is combined in this instrument. Through the use of both elemental and molecular fingerprinting information and its combination via multivariate data-reduction software, the PRAXIS instrument permits highly-specific fingerprinting analysis and identification of pigmented materials frequently encountered in forensic investigations (such as car paint chips and security ink-stained (EURO) bank notes) and during the authentification of objects of high cultural heritage value (e.g., illuminated manuscripts, oil-paintings and icons).

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