Research - TEM Gemini Centre
Our research is focused around the transmission electron microscopes, where we study materials at the nanoscale to understand the materials properties.
We have identified four focus areas for the Centre. TEM plays an important role in these research areas, which are and will be strategically important in the future.
TEM has a long history as an important tool to understand metals and alloys, and is still one of the most important tools today. At the TEM Gemini Centre, there are extensive research activities on light metals and in particular on aluminium alloys. Many of these activities involve collaboration with industry partners such as Benteler Aluminium Systems, Hydro Aluminium, and Raufoss Technology Neuman.
Catalysis is an important area of application for TEM, and the Centre has strong interaction with the national catalysis environment, including NTNU Chemical Engineering department.
TEM has proven to be a crucial characterization tool to understand and improve the efficiency of both conventional and novel types of solar cells. The TEM Gemini Centre activities within solar cells include both studies of conventional silicon solar cell materials and new materials.
The TEM Gemini Centre has several small and larger projects related to studying nanoparticles, 1D-nanostructures (i.e. nanowires, carbon nanotubes), thin films and there is an increasing interest in 2D-crystals such as graphene.