Location: Bldg. 216, Rm. E110
With the development of CNST’s cold atom ion source technology, we have created an applications laboratory where this type of source can be put to maximum use for studying the nanoscale role played by ionic species in various materials. Battery materials are a particularly good example of this, where a cold-atom focused lithium ion beam can be used to inject small amounts of lithium with nanoscale precision into anode, cathode, and electrolyte samples to study transport as a function of local structure, composition and morphology. Because the materials of interest are often sensitive to air exposure, particularly after lithiation, we have concentrated on developing in situ capabilities. To this end we have assembled and constructed a unique collection of instruments that allow nanoscale ion implantation, electron beam imaging, morphological and elemental analysis, and multimode atomic force microscopy in an integrated manner.