AFM and MFM Microscopy for Nanoscale Properties of Functional Materials

Project completed

With this project Switzerland would strengthen the Estonian Research and Development sector by providing equipment, which is needed for qualitative materials research as well as by promoting Swiss know – how (EMPA and NanoScan equipment).
 

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Estonia
Promoting economic growth and improving working conditions
Research and Development
01.11.2010 - 31.12.2013
CHF 250'000

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Background

 

The National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics (NICPB) is asked to do following research: (i) to induce magnetic and multiferroic behavior into nonmagnetic materials; (ii) to characterize ceramic high-TC films and pellets and study their vortex structure; (iii) to do research of prototype solid oxide fuel cell stack components; (iv) to investigate cantilever based novel experimental approaches. However, equipment, which is at disposal of the NICPB cannot ensure adequate quality of the research work to be done. Therefore, a high-resolution AFM (Atomic Force Microscope) of less than 25 mm diameter into the PPMS® (Physical Property Measurement System) of Quantum Design will be purchased and installed. This unique microscope combined with the PPMS® which has been already obtained by using the EU funds, provides the researcher with required tools.

 

 

 

Objectives

The goal is to improve research infrastructure for materials’ research and to extend training opportunities for students and junior researchers in experimental techniques for materials research.

Target groups

Junior researchers (Masters and PhD students, Postdoctoral researchers)

Activities

The project envisages the following activities: (i) procurement of the AFM/MFM equipment; (ii) selection of the applicants for AFM/MFM training; (iii) preparation of the facility according to requirements and installation of the system; and (iv) user trainings on AFM/MFM.

Results

Achieved results:  

 

  • AFM/MFM system integrated with PPMS (Physical Property Measuring System) has been installed
  • 8 Estonian researchers cooperate with the Swiss Scanning Probe Microscopy User Laboratory in frame of the AFM/MFM (atomic/magnetic Force Microscope) equipment
  • 5 Research projects have started by using the PPMS-AFM
  • 5 publications have used data received by using the PPMS-AFM


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North


Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   250'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   250'000
Project phases

Phase 1 01.11.2010 - 31.12.2013   (Completed)