The new official web page for the UM-StL Center for Nanoscience
may now be found here.
Renamings at UM-StL in the April 2007 time frame:
Center for Molecular Electronics (CME) will be changing to Center
for Nano Science (CNS), and Scanned Tip and Electron Image Lab will be changing to
Microscope Image and Spectroscopy Tech Lab (MIST).
If you are a CME collaborator, consider applying for access to the
Center's new technical discussion and networking newsgroup.
Look for a connection
section soon, covering recent work on New Optical
Analytical Instrumentation by Zhi Xu, Nanoparticles in blood in collaboration
with Chris Spilling, Carbon nanocones discovered in interstellar dust,
partnership with MEMC Electronic Materials on the mapping of picometer
strains in gigascale IC silicon, Photoidentification of icosahedral twins in
metal nanoclusters from UM-R,
Room-temperature intrusions into new silicon surfaces exposed to air,
Darkfield harmonic analysis of atomic resolution images, collaboration with
Motorola researchers on identifying nanocrystals from lattice images
at two tilts, and more...
The CME Scanned Tip and Electron Image Lab's
for NSF's 2003 NNIN meeting, the only
poster from Missouri.
Nature photography on the nanoscale:
Although these may look like an
artist's conception of glaciers on Europa, this is data from the real world. Moreover, one can physically interact with the real molecule-high objects of choice in the image, to rearrange them and then see how they respond!
Figure: Unexpected slippery patches (white) less than a nanometer high, seen from
a nanohuman viewpoint in this atomic force microscope image of freshly cleaved & etched mica.
The peaks are particles lying on the mica surface. Coloration is
provided by lateral force measurements during the scan, where darker means stronger forces opposing the scan.
The larger image (click above) also shows nanometer
high mica-layer steps, leading down into an etched nuclear-particle track pit, and a scan-line noise ripple in the foreground.
Puzzler: Which way was the tip moving?
To see more, stop by for a visit to our scanned tip & electron image lab.
On 29 July 1997, a meeting of the Missouri-wide
Silicon River Consortium
including state/regional representatives, participants from the University of Missouri
and all campuses plus Washington & St. Louis Universities, and participants
from existing and prospective Missouri-based micro-electronic and
information-technology corporations, was held in the new CME building conference area.
Last modified on 16-September-1998
A page on groups working in molecular electronics and biocomputing can be found here.
The UM-StL Center for Molecular Electronics began with concurrent
Center for Science and Technology Proposals written in 1988, one by Chemistry and
Physics Researchers at UM-St. Louis and the second by St. Louis Consortium for
Microstructural Studies researchers at Monsanto
and Washington University. These
two threads were brought together via program inititiatives by then Chancellor
Marguerite Barnett and the Physics Department,
in the process establishing the Scanned Tip and Electron Image Lab at UM-StL. Continued initiative by Chemistry Professor Tom Jones, along with active support by Congressman William Clay, resulted in a DOE grant of $10M for research equipment and the CME Building now under construction. Day-to-day funding of Center operations, through industrial sponsorships as well as Federal and State Grants, continues to rely on long-standing and burgeoning collaborations between researchers with the initiative to pool resources between institutions toward solving problems neither institution can solve alone.