Molecular Foundry

Reminder: March 28 Deadline for Molecular Foundry User Proposals

The Molecular Foundry is calling for user research proposals for nanoscale science, including:

  • Synthesis of inorganic, organic, biological, and hybrid nanostructures
  • High-resolution electron, optical, and scanning-probe microscopy
  • Theory and simulation of nanostructured materials
  • Advanced nano-fabrication
  • Method development for increasing throughput of data analysis
  • Projects requesting remotely-assisted data analysis or leveraging remotely operable instrumentation

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The Molecular Foundry is a Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility that provides users from around the world with access to cutting-edge expertise and instrumentation in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment.

New Foundry Capabilities:

Quantum instrumentation with coherent electrons: New Foundry staff scientist Alexander Stibor focuses on advancing quantum instrumentation utilizing coherent electrons across various domains including microscopy, spectroscopy, quantum information science, surface science, and free-electron quantum optics. The suite of instruments features a state-of-the-art low-temperature Quantum Spin-Polarized Low-Energy Electron Microscope (QSPLEEM) alongside a sophisticated low-temperature field emitter characterization setup. These instruments empower researchers to study heterogeneous quantum magnetic materials, explore spin-dependent surface interactions, and investigate emerging coherent or correlated electron beam sources.

Biological nanosensing and quantum resonant cavity fabrication: Nanofabrication Facility staff scientist Aeron Tynes Hammack is developing nanofluidic integrated circuits for comprehensive single particle sensing to further our understanding of self-assembly processes that underpin single and multicellular life, and to interrogate their fundamental quantum mechanical properties using tunnel junctions, plasmonic devices, and optical cavity resonators. Associated new capabilities will include a semi-automated wafer probe station, process methods and tooling to create thin film silicon nitride and ALD based free standing membranes as device substrates, digital microfluidic droplet generation and control, multichannel micro-raman/PL spectroscopy, and electrical impedance spectroscopy capabilities to measuring the properties of dilute biological or inorganic materials suspended in liquid droplets.

Data Infrastructure: A Foundry-wide group of staff is working to support building new automated equipment, implementing data sharing and analysis pipelines, and building data support infrastructure. The group helps to translate users’ scientific and technical requirements into computing technologies; reach out to Ed Barnard. New this call, you can select Data Infrastructure as a proposal Lead in our menu of cross-cutting capabilities.

Machine Shop: The Molecular Foundry Machine Shop is available to support projects at the Molecular Foundry through rapid in-house design, fabrication, and modification of custom instrumentation, as well as physical infrastructure. You may select the Machine Shop as a supporting capability in your proposal submission. Ari Gashi can provide more information on this opportunity.

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