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Crystal Clear Imaging Infrared Brings to Light Nanoscale Molecular Arrangement

October 1, 2016

Feature Story

A team of researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the University of Colorado–Boulder have developed a new way to reveal crystal features in functional materials for understanding not only their composition but also their molecular arrangement and microscopic imperfections. Using LBNL’s Advanced Light Source (ALS), they combined the power of infrared light from the ALS and infrared light from a laser with an atomic force microscope to reveal key nanoscale details about the nature of an organic semiconductor, revealing its crystal shapes, orientations, and defects that affect its performance.

Muller, E. A., et al. 2016. “Infrared Vibrational Nanocrystallography and Nanoimaging,” Science Advances 2(10), e1601006. [DOI:10.1126/sciadv.1601006]