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exposed EUV PiFM imaging

Latent Images of Exposed EUV Photoresist

The development of EUV (extreme ultraviolet) resist materials is critical to producing semiconductor devices with the smallest feature sizes. Understanding the light-induced chemistry of EUV photoresist and its impact on the quality of EUV lithography would help engineers to optimize this important technology. Photo-induced Force Microscopy (PiFM), with its capability to detect nanoscale chemical properties, is well suited […] Read more

Silicon Strain in Semiconductor Devices

PiFM Imaging of Local Strain in Silicon at Individual FIN Level Carrier mobility enhancement through local strain in silicon is a means of improving transistor performance. In order to effectively validate device design and process conditions, a direct measurement of strain in the nanoscale is desired. Here, we demonstrate true nanoscale strain mapping via PiFM […] Read more

Chemical Communications Cover 18 Dec 2017, Weckhuysen et al

Cover of Chemical Communications!

Our paper with Utrecht University, NL, was chosen for the cover of Chemical Communications, a journal published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Special thanks to DongLong Fu in Dr. Bert Weckhuysen’s group, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science (DINS), Utrecht University, The Netherlands, and Katie Park, Molecular Vista, for their pivotal work on this exciting […] Read more

PiFM Perovskite Solar Cell (PSCs)

Collaboration on PSCs Published in Advanced Materials

PiFM analysis of high-efficiency perovskite solar cells (PSCs): In collaboration with some leading researchers in high-efficiency polymer solar cells, Molecular Vista performed PiFM imaging on several samples. Transient absorption measurements and PiFM analysis investigated the effect of thermal-annealing on the active layer morphology and photo-voltaic performance of high-efficiency conjugated polymer donors for perovskite solar cells […] Read more

Lithium PLatelets

Nanochemical Mapping of Lithium Platelets

PiFM imaging shows a depletion of lithium from the edges of the platelets in a rechargeable Li-ion battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries continue to be the most prevalent form of electrical energy storage technology with applications in portable electronics and electric vehicles. One of the limiting factors in their performance is chemical and morphological changes […] Read more

TERS6

Come and join us at TERS6! We’re looking forward to showcasing the PiFM technique and the Vista-IR instrument at the upcoming TERS6 event.  We’ll have many activities during the conference including: Live Demos – Live demonstrations of the instrument and PiFM technique throughout the show, Wednesday (8/16), Thursday (8/17) and Friday (8/18) Your Samples – […] Read more

Nanoscale Chemical Mapping with Extreme Surface Sensitivity

Since the dipole-dipole interaction between the induced sample dipole and the image tip dipole varies with ~ 1/z4 dependence where z is the tip-sample spacing, PiFM is expected to provide extreme surface sensitivity. We use PS(polystyrene)-b-PTMSS[poly(4-trimethylsilylstyrene)] block copolymer (BCP) with horizontal lamellae to demonstrate the surface sensitivity. The pitch L0 of the BCP is ~22 […] Read more

PiFm image of PS-b-PMMA

Our Paper “Nanoscale chemical imaging by photo-induced force microscopy” Published Today

Our paper titled “Nanoscale chemical imaging by photo-induced force microscopy” is published on the online publication of Science journal, Science Advances, today. The paper introduces infrared PiFM imaging on two block copolymer systems, PS-b-PMMA and PS-b-P2VP. By using infrared wavelengths that correspond to the absorption bands for each of the polymer components, each chemical component […] Read more