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Microscopio óptico de campo amplio con las lentes más potentes del mundo (ampliación x 400) para ciencia de materiales

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOUK20170801002
Publicado:
25/08/2017
Caducidad:
25/08/2018
Resumen:
Una pyme británica está especializada en desarrollo, fabricación y comercialización de microscopios ópticos de súper resolución (70-100 nanómetros) para estudiar estructuras nanométricas, como grafeno, componentes microelectrónicos y aleaciones metálicas, de forma rápida y rentable. La tecnología está indicada en principio para ciencia de materiales, aunque en un futuro podrá aplicarse también en biología. La empresa busca universidades/usuarios industriales y fabricantes de microscopios con el fin de establecer acuerdos de licencia y comercialización con asistencia técnica.

Details

Tittle:
Super resolution widefield optical microscope with the world´s most powerful objective lens (400X magnification) for materials science.
Summary:
This UK based SME specialises in the development, manufacturing and marketing of super-resolution optical microscopes (70-100 nanometers (nm) resolution). The technology will be used initially in the materials science sector and in life science in the future. The company is looking to engage with universities/industry users and microscope manufacturers via commercial agreement with technical assistance and licensing agreements.
Description:
The UK SME was established in 2014 and has strong ties with academia and industry. They have integrated microsphere technology into a widefield microscope. The effect of this technology is to amplify invisible light waves resulting in significantly higher resolutions and magnification than what is typically achievable on a normal optical setup.

Optical microscopy is an important imaging technique that is used throughout scientific research. However, due to the far-field diffraction limit, within the visible light spectrum, existing optical microscopes are restricted to the theoretical resolution of 200 nanometers (nm). In order to see beyond this limit, researchers have to sacrifice colour or depth of field. Furthermore, equipment with these capabilities is prohibitively expensive, few in number and has extensive sample preparation and atmospheric requirements.

These barriers limit what research can currently be carried out with widefield optical microscopy with regard to the study of nanoscale features across materials. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and confocal techniques all have drawbacks regarding cost, accessibility and time within R-Y-D workflows.

To address the above issues the company has developed and patented the world´s first commercially available widefield microscope at 70-100 nm resolution, which will enable the study of nanoscale structures such as graphene, microelectronics and metal alloys quickly and inexpensively.

This allows researchers to take nanoscale images in full colour and in super-resolution without the use of complex detection equipment, which has previously been impossible. Multiple layered circuits with 90nm structures can now be imaged simultaneously with image depth and viruses of 75nm can be imaged optically with this technique. These cannot be easily detected with existing methods.

The company is looking to engage with partners via commercial agreements with technical assistance and licensing agreements. They are keen to work with universities, research centres and industrial partners primarily from the materials science and electronics sector. They are looking to work with reputable microscope manufacturers around the world via original equipment manufacturing or licensing agreements.
Advantages and Innovations:
The high resolution (70-100nm) brings about totally new capabilities for R-Y-D labs beyond current optical equipment. For example, it allows for the optical imaging of semi-transparent materials such as graphene in full colour allowing for results on its thickness and quality alongside preparation for other analytical equipment. It can also be utilised to identify defects in semiconductor samples and microelectronics because the focal depth is superior to current super-resolution techniques and all the images taken are in full colour.

Similarly, the microscope can currently be used for observing advanced materials. Unlike electron microscopy, which is limited to the observation of conductive materials, this microscope allows for the observation of non-conducive and nanoscale materials.

The microscope will provide direct, non-intrusive and rapid observation with no need for a vacuum, avoiding extensive, destructive sample preparation.

This solution can carry out all routine optical imaging whilst simultaneously offering a cost-efficient alternative to current super-resolution techniques (5-10 times cheaper than SEM and confocal systems). This microscope is as easy to use as normal optical microscopy techniques and as such can replace existing widefield microscopes given its multi-functionality.
Stage of Development:
Already on the market
IPs:
Design Rights,Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The company is looking to engage with universities, research centres and industry partners around the world who are involved in materials science. The initial primary focus of the company will be in North America, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and South-East Asian markets. However, they are open to receiving interest from other regions as well. The main partnership agreements envisaged are commercial agreements with technical assistance. The role of the partners would be to provide full specification of their proposed application for the microscope. This will help the company to fine-tune the end product for the partner´s needs.

The company is also interested to work with microscope manufacturers through OEM and licensing agreements. The proposed core technology will allow microscope manufacturers to upgrade their existing systems.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME 11-49
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
Chinese
English
French
Italian
Romanian

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
05005 Micro y nanotecnología