The first in situ observation of layered metastable heterostructure formation

Using the DENSsolutions Wildfire system, Markus Terker and his colleagues from the Paul-Drude-Institut were able to thoroughly investigate via in situ TEM the formation of heterostructures from starting materials with vastly different properties. The hybrid preparation approach utilized in this work could be applied to investigate many more solid-state reactions in heterostructures, enabling a direct and accessible way to visualize complex processes.

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Visualizing the structural evolution of thermally-decaying platinum nanowires

Using the DENSsolutions Wildfire system, Torsten Walbert and his colleagues from the Institute for Materials Science, TU Darmstadt were able to investigate via in situ TEM the influence of temperature on polycrystalline platinum nanowires. Observing this process under remarkably high resolution enabled them to capture for the first time the internal transformations during both early and intermediate stages of the platinum nanowire decay. 

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Improving the mechanical properties of 3D printed metal parts

In situ TEM helps to understand the microstructural changes in AlSi10Mg during 3D printing and post processing. This work provides the first correlative in-situ heating multiscale analysis of the powder and the additive produced AlSi10Mg alloy, allowing a unique insight into material transitions at the micro-and nanoscale.

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In situ heating TEM speeds up the characterisation process for Aluminium alloys exposed to in-service conditions

There is a big opportunity for the design and development of sustainable catalysts for low-temperature NOx removal in the steel, cement and glass industries. Researchers Dr. Yong Wang et al. from Zhejiang University made a recent breakthrough using critical information obtained by In Situ TEM to design a MnOx/CeO2 nanorod (NR) catalyst with outstanding resistance to SO2 deactivation.

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Interview with Prof. Angus Kirkland, Science Director at the new Rosalind Franklin Institute, UK

We interviewed Prof. Angus Kirkland, Professor at the Department of Materials, University of Oxford and the science director at the Electron Physical Science Imaging Centre (EPSIC), Diamond Light Source UK. We talked about the new Rosalind Franklin Institute where he performs disruptive research projects in life sciences involving physical science methods, techniques, and instruments including In Situ TEM and correlative imaging.

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