Someone must have declared this nano investments week (see other recent posts). The latest news is that Hitachi is lending its support to a new research and product development center for nanotechnology in Alberta, a joint project to which Hitachi brings its expertise and next-generation electron microscopes.
The $14 million center, called the Hitachi Electron Microscopy Products Development Centre (HEMiC), will be part of Canada’s National Institute for Nanotechnology and is a collaboration among NINT, the Alberta Ingenuity Fund’s nanoWorks program (AIF), the University of Alberta and Hitachi High Technologies Canada Inc.
HEMiC will be the home of three new Hitachi-provided electron microscopes valued at $7 million, including what is reported to be the first-ever Hitachi environmental transmission electron microscope Model H-9500 in operation outside of Japan.
One of the center’s first projects will be to evaluate and test what a press release describes as “the world’s sharpest electron emitter,” a device created by NINT’s Molecular Scale Devices group for use as an electron source in electron microscopes.