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Advanced Imaging and Micromanipulation System for High-Speed Characterization of Multifunctional, Hierarchical Structures (AIM-FAST)

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Technical Report,15 Aug 2015,14 Aug 2016

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University of Massachusetts - Amherst Amherst United States

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Crosby and Emrick purchased the Advanced Imaging and Micromanipulation system, capable of high-speed, high resolution image acquisition AIM-FAST. This instrument system is built on a ZEISS Axiovert Observer 7 optical microscope, equipped with a piezoelectric scanning stage, a Hamamatsu ORCA 7 imaging system, and an Eppendorf micromanipulation and microinjection platform. This device is designed especially for mechanical measurements of mesostructured materials, including the hierarchical mesostructures, called mesoscale polymers, which we have developed through support from the Army Research Office AROW911NF-14-1-0185 MSPs are created with unique geometries, such as helices or grid-like sheets, which can dynamically change over a broad range of relevant length and time scales. AIM-FAST enables the structural, mechanical, and electrical property characterization of our MSP library. Furthermore, through laboratory training and coursework, AIM-FAST will provide a great opportunity to train future engineers and scientists on the intricacies of micro- and nanoscale manipulation, high speed imaging, as well as how small scale structure property relationships translate to macroscale materials performance.

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  • Miscellaneous Materials

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