Hummingbird Scientific Nano_Manipulator TEM Sample Holder


Technical Specs

1800 Series
Range of Motion
   X-axis (coarse, fine)
±0.5 mm, 50 µm
   Y-axis (coarse, fine)
±0.5 mm, 50 µm
   Z-axis (coarse, fine)
5 mm, 5 µm
Number of Electrical Contacts
2 (available up to 7)
Coarse Stage Positioning Resolution
1 μm
Fine Stage Positioning Resolution
< 1 nm
Wiring Individually Shielded
Current Measurement Resolution Down to 10 pA (depending on measurement equipment)
Sample Geometry 3 mm half grid bulk, half grid FIB lift out or half grid membrane samples*

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Application Example

Evaluating the mechanical stiffness of battery nanostructures

Researchers at the University of Houston and the Singapore University of Technology and Design have created a silkworm cocoon-like silicon battery electrode using a non-invasive sacrificial template method, and studied their fracture mechanism using Hummingbird in-situ TEM Nano-Manipulator holder. The researchers were able to assemble a prototype nano-electrochemical cell with composites of nitrogen-doped carbon (NC) and porous silicon nano rods (NRs) affixed on the half TEM Cu grid and Li/Li2O lithium source/electrolyte attached to the movable probe. The probes were brought in contact, and the Cu probe with active materials was negatively biased (-2V) to perform lithiation of the nanostructure. During lithiation, the yolk-shell design of NC/Si NRs allowed silicon to expand freely in the internal void space and demonstrated excellent mechanical integrity of the material during cycling.

Reference: Hui Ying Yang et al. Green Fabrication of Silkworm Cocoon-like Silicon-Based Composite for High-Performance Li-Ion Batteries. ACS Nano (2017). Abstract

Copyright © 2017 by American Chemical Society


In-situ TEM lithiation of nano-silicon composites. Image copyright © 2017 American Chemical Society

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Selected Publications

Fei-Hu Du, Yizhou Ni, Ye Wang, Dong Wang, Qi Ge, Shuo Chen, and Hui Ying Yang. “Green Fabrication of Silkworm Cocoon-like Silicon-Based Composite for High-Performance Li-Ion Batteries,” ACS Nano (2017) Abstract
Z. Yanga, J. Suna, Y. Nia, Z. Zhaob, J. Baob, S. Chen. “Facile synthesis and in situ transmission electron microscopy investigation of a highly stable Sb2Te3/C nanocomposite for sodium-ion batteries,”Energy Storage Materials (2017) Abstract
A.N. Chiaramonti, L.J. Thompson, W.F. Egelhoff, B.C. Kabius , A.K. Petford-Long. ”In-situ TEM studies of local transport and structure in nanoscale multilayer films,” Ultramicroscopy (2008) Abstract


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