Biasing Manipulator

Electrical Contacts with a Touch

Technical Specs

1800 Series
Coarse Movement Range
> 1000 µm
   and axes
500 – 1000 µm
Fine Movement Range
  axis 2 – 3 µm
  and axes     ~ 40 µm
Electrical Contacts 2 standard  (3 – 7)*
Current Resolution 100 pA standard (< 10 pA)*
Sample Compatibility 3 mm half grids, FIB lift-out grids, or custom*
TEM Compatibility TFS/FEI, JEOL

*Contact us for optional availability and custom configurations


Featured Research

Biasing composite nanostructures

Researchers at the University of Houston and the Singapore University of Technology and Design made a silkworm cocoon-like silicon battery electrode using a non-invasive sacrificial template method and studied their electronic properties with Hummingbird Scientific’s TEM Biasing Manipulator sample holder. The researchers assembled an electrochemical cell with composites of nitrogen-doped carbon (NC) and porous silicon nanorods (NRs) affixed to a 3 mm half Cu grid and Li/Li2O lithium source/electrolyte attached to the mobile probe. The lithiation process is achieved by contacting sample and probe and biasing the probe with a negative bias.

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


Copyright © 2017 by American Chemical Society


Image copyright © 2017 American Chemical Society

Video Spotlight

Probe Movement—Step Size Control

This example shows how the probe’s fine movement of Hummingbird’s Scientific biasing manipulator sample holder, can be controlled with high precision in space (X axis in this case) and with different step sizes with just a mouse click. Having different step sizes one click away facilities the probe approach before contacting the sample.

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Selected Publications

Nikhilendra Singh, James Horwath, Timothy Arthur, Daan Hein Alsem, Eric Stach. “Using Operando Electrochemical TEM as Part of a Correlative Approach to Characterize Failure Modes in Solid-State Energy Storage Devices.” Microscopy & Microanalysis (2020) Abstract
Eric Stach, James Horwath, Nikhilendra Singh, Timothy Arthur, Daan Hein Alsem, Norman Salmon. “Understanding the Relationship Between Air Exposure, Electron Dose and Beam Damage in Solid Electrolyte Materials.” Microscopy & Microanalysis (2020) Abstract
Nikhilendra Singh, James Horwath, Alexandre Foucher, Timothy S. Arthur, Julio A. Rodriguez Manzo, Daan Hein Alsem, and Eric Stach. “Operando Electrichemical TEM of Solid-State Energy Storage Materials Using a Probe-Based Biasing Holder.” Microscopy & Microanalysis (2019) Abstract
Julio A. Rodriguez Manzo, Daan Hein Alsem, Norman J. Salmon and David Cooper. “Good Contacts for Quantitative In-Situ TEM Biasing Experiments with Movable Probes.” Microscopy & Microanalysis (2018) Abstract
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
C.M. Wang, W. Xu, J. Liu, D.W. Choi, B. Arey, L.V. Saraf, J.G. Zhang, Z.G. Zhang, S. Thevuthasan, D.R. Baer, and N. Salmon. ”In-situ transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy studies of interfaces in Li ion batteries: Challenges and Opportunities,” Journal of Materials Research (2010) 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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