Kitware Receives Funding To Develop An Open-Source Application For Atomic Scale Tomography Using S/TEM

Staff Writer | Kitware | March 12, 2014

Kitware has announced a new Department of Energy SBIR Phase I award to develop an open-source platform for materials reconstruction using scanning transmission electron microscopes (S/TEM).

Scanning transmission electron microscopes have advanced the state-of-the-art in the field, facilitating the 3D characterization of materials at the nano and mesoscale. The importance of this type of 3D characterization has extended to a wide class of nanomaterials including hydrogen fuel cells, solar cells, industrial catalysts, new battery materials, and semiconductor devices. While there currently exists a large quantity of capable instrumentation, the rapidly expanding demand for high-resolution tomography is bottlenecked by software that is tailored to lower-dose, biological applications rather than higher-resolution, materials applications.