Scienta Omicron Newsletter 12-2023

Dear Madam / Dear Sir,

Welcome to the May 2022 addition of the Scienta Omicron Newsletter that provides you with the latest news in surface science, materials science, and nanotechnology research and instrumentation.

In this issue you will find the Scienta Omicron Spring 2022 Newsflyer; ‘Result of the Month’ where the publications´ authors share additional insights about their recent research results, research news about Scientists Solving the Mystery About the Active Phase in Catalytic Carbon Dioxide Reduction. You will also find news about our featured product, recent research publications, and recently installed systems. As well as information about Scienta Omicron open positions, services trainings, and newly updated product and services information.

Please visit our website for more information about Scienta Omicron’s product and services or contact your local sales or service representative.

Yours sincerely, 

Scienta Omicron Team



Scienta Omicron Newsflyer Spring 2022

Welcome to the Scienta Omicron Newsflyer for Spring 2022 with an opening message from our new CEO Mr. Henrik Bergersen on the importance of filling customer needs and providing values to our customers. The BAR XPS for instance addresses the biggest challenge in APXPS, measuring at industrial relevant pressures. Read more about the BAR XPS break-through results at world record pressures; EVO Compact – the MBE System for 2D material research; new DFS30 analyser with unique electronic alignment capability for µARPES; successful analyser PEAK software upgrade and integration with the control system at SPring-8 synchrotron in Japan; and high resolution qPlus imaging with CO terminated Tip using the INFINITY SPM Lab at the Aix-Marseille University.

Result of the Month (ROM), May 2022

Atomic Insight into the Interfacial Effect on the Molecular Solvation

In this work, Duanyun Cao & Jing Guo et al. probe the microsolvation of methanol in water on copper surfaces, using qPlus-based nc-AFM with a CO-terminated tip at 4.8 K. The configurations of water and methanol molecules in the complexes, including the detailed OH directionalities and H-bonding networks could be identified unambiguously by the height-dependent AFM images in combination with theoretical simulations. They demonstrate the excellent cooperativity between the water and methanol molecules through hydrogen-bonding in the formation of ordered clusters on both Cu(110) and Cu(111) surfaces, which are composed of pentagonal and hexagonal rings. All the experiments were carried out with an ultra-high vacuum Scienta Omicron POLAR-STM/AFM combined system operated at 4.8 K using a qPlus sensor equipped with a W tip.

Research News

Scientists Solve the Mystery About the Active Phase in Catalytic Carbon Dioxide Reduction

An international research team led by researchers of Stockholm University has for the first time been able to study the surface of a copper-zinc catalyst when carbon dioxide is reduced to methanol. The results – obtained at DESY´s brilliant light source PETRA III – are published in the scientific journal Science. A better knowledge of the catalytic process of methanol synthesis and the possibility of finding even more efficient materials opens the door for a green transition in the chemical industry.

Researchers: Peter Amann, Bernhard Klötzer, David Degerman, Norbert Köpfle, Thomas Götsch, Patrick Lömker, Christoph Rameshan, Kevin Ploner, Djuro Bikaljevic, Hsin-Yi Wang, Markus Soldemo, Mikhail Shipilin, Christopher M Goodwin, Jörgen Gladh, Joakim Halldin Stenlid, Mia Börner, Christoph Schlueter & Anders Nilsson

Sample Manipulators

Open and Closed Cycle Sample Manipulators

When aiming at high experimental energy resolution for ARPES measurement, it is crucial to achieve ultra-low sample temperatures to quench thermal broadening. This is possible with state-of-the-art cryo manipulators reaching sample temperatures from < 3.5 K and featuring up to 6 fully motorized axes for a large range of movements. The manipulators are available as open and closed cycle. Open cycle manipulators reach lower temperature specifications and are rapidly cooled down from room temperature to 10 K in 15 min. The low He consumption below 1 l/h at ultimate temperature and the possibility to operate with liquid nitrogen at higher temperatures ensure a low operating cost. Closed cycle manipulators have no He consumption providing unlimited holding time.

Service Upgrade

Data Logging, Visualisation and Alerting Upgrade: For Mistral Control System

The data logging, visualisation and alerting for the Mistral Control system give you easy access to all relevant system parameters implemented in the Mistral Control system. The data is logged, stored and graphically visualised in real-time. Alerts can be setup from several notification channels: email, discord, line, Microsoft Teams etc.

Service Upgrade

Analyser Control Upgrade Package

Efficient and accurate communications between the Analyser and the software are critical for high performance measurements. The newest standard for this system uses Ethernet compatible hardware and software components. Upgrading these components will bring your Analyser Control system up to the highest performance level possible.

Services Trainings

Training Packages: MATRIX Programming, SPM Controller and Microscope Training, and Photoelectron Spectroscopy Training

Certification of users and training courses are an effective method for acquiring the knowledge necessary to get the most out of your Scienta Omicron instruments. Scienta Omicron offers a comprehensive range of courses that combine in-depth theory with hands-on coaching sessions.

Based on typical service and training requests, we now offer training packages to prolong equipment lifetime and achieve reliable results faster. Courses can take place directly at your laboratories, in our application laboratory at Scienta Omicron Germany or online.

Please find below the details about our various training packages.