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What's New?

  • 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.
    Google Groups CME Connections
    Browse Archives at
  • Posters for the 2006 American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in St. Louis included this and this.
  • Surf UM-StL webspace on: nano, informatics, complex systems, diffraction, silicon, extraterrestrial
  • 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 poster for NSF's 2003 NNIN meeting, the only poster from Missouri.
  • Technology Gateway Alliance TechFair2K talks on nanotools/drug design.
  • CME writeup in Laboratory Design v4n1p1 (Nov 1999) by eds. of R&D Mag.
  • Transmission and biological electron microscope courses are scheduled for Winter 2000.
  • Article by Margie Manning in the 1999 May 13 St. Louis Business Journal.
  • St. Louis Academy of Science Juniors Note on a NanoWorld Discovery (right)... Congressman Clay, and one of his grandchildren
  • Biology and physics are BOTH offering electron microscopy courses in Winter 1999!
  • Would a Master's degree in molecular nanotechnology interest you? Write.
  • The weekend nanoworld microscopy course in Fall 1998 (Physics 308) welcomes visitors!
  • The Center Building was dedicated on August 5, 1998 with a visit by Congressman William "Bill" Clay (D-Mo.) and members of his extended family. 21Dec97 StL-PD p.1D
  • Article in the 21 Dec 1997 Post-Dispatch on work in the nanoworlds of St. Louis.
  • 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

    Contextual Quicklinks:

  • A page on groups working in molecular electronics and biocomputing can be found here.
  • We're located at the University of Missouri-StL, St. Louis MO 63121
  • Phone:(314)-516-5933, Fax:(314)-516-6152.
  • Also here see: Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry, and our access notes on Missouri's Silicon River.


    The UM-StL Center for Molecular Electronics began with concurrent NSF 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.

    Center-Wide Brochures & Newsletters

  • CME Connections Vol. 2, No. 1
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