2nd North American Helium Ion Microscopy User Meeting at EIPBN 2017

Inspiring ZEISS ORION NanoFab’s community with another local Orion’s mission


The 2nd North American Helium Ion Microscopy User Meeting was held June 2-3, 2017 in Orlando, FL, at the successful conclusion of the 61st Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam Technology and NanoFabrication (EIPBN) Conference, also known as ‘3 Beams’.  EIPBN featured 14 oral presentations and posters highlighting research performed using ZEISS ORION NanoFab.  Several helium ion micrographs entered the micrograph contest, with Deying Xia, Ph.D.’s “Cotton Candy or Trump Toupee” winning most presidential micrograph.  In addition, ZEISS co-sponsored the Women in NanoFabrication luncheon, which had its largest attendance to date.

The winning photo.

Shida Tan, Ph.D., Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation and Vice President of the International Society of EIPBN said, “ZEISS had a strong presence at the EIPBN conference this year! Numerous GFIS related high caliber papers were presented during the regular sessions and the user group meeting. The user group meeting created a great opportunity for the ORION users to network, delve deeper into the discussions on instrumentation, usage models and new research directions, and build camaraderie.”  In addition to Dr. Tan, twenty-seven current and potential ZEISS ORION NanoFab customers attended the user group meeting from twenty-three different institutions.  During the June 2nd evening event, Jason Sanabia, Ph.D., President and CEO of RAITH America, Inc, highlighted the RAITH and ZEISS sales partnership and discussed complementary technologies.  “It was clear from the EIPBN conference that there is a strong demand for nanofabrication technologies, and combined RAITH and ZEISS efforts will further contributions to research and nanofabrication for years to come.”  John Notte followed with a brief history of GFIS technology, highlighting the contributions of several members of the ZEISS and user communities.

The User Meeting

The June 3rd event was designed to create a collaborative environment for ZEISS ORION NanoFab users to share their experiences and discuss techniques.  Seven users presented their recent research in various fields, including biological imaging, time of flight elemental identification, superconducting electronics fabrication, graphene nanofabrication, non-conductive sample preparation, and helium ion induced etching and deposition.  During the open discussion presentations, users were able to ask one another questions about their research and brainstorm ideas for improvements.  In addition, three Helium Ion Microscopy books were raffled off, authored by many of the attendees of the EIPBN conference and user group meeting.

The attendees of the Helium Ion Microscopy user group meeting.
The presentations

One of the presenters, Viacheslav Manichev, a graduate research assistant at Rutgers University, presented his research on coral skeletons that had been published in the New York Times just two days before the user group meeting.  “The timing of the publication couldn’t have been better”, said John Notte, Ph. D.

The process of crystal growth in coral: Research showed that mineral precipitation in corals is a biologically controlled process mediated by organic molecules, rather than an abiotic one that depends only on physico-chemical conditions. This has important implications for the health of corals in our warmer, higher-CO2 future. Imaging with ZEISS ORION NanoFab. Credit: Viacheslav Manichev and Stanislas Von Euw/Rutgers

The event ended with a presentation from Annalena Wolff, Ph.D., from Queensland University of Technology.  Dr. Wolff made EIPBN just one stop on a world ZEISS ORION NanoFab world tour.  Prior to the event, Dr. Wolff had spent one week in Peabody, MA, working with applications scientists to learn from the experts.  Dr. Wolff had also visited several ZEISS ORION NanoFab customers, and made even more plans to visit additional users after the user meeting.  At the conclusion of Dr. Wolff’s presentation, ZEISS announced a new ZEISS ORION NanoFab user newsletter, where users will share their research, knowledge, and experiences with one another.  Dr. Wolff will be the first editor-in-chief, and will be able to use her world tour to continue connecting the user community.

When reflecting on the user group meeting, Dr. Tan said “The conversations that took place, the network that was build up, and the collaborations sparked at the user group meeting will be carried forward beyond the conference and have a profound positive impact to the overall progress of this new and exciting field.”

The launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

At the conclusion of the user meeting, several members traveled to Cape Canavaral, FL, to watch the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.  Several users also visited the Kennedy Space Center where they saw NASA preparing to launch their own Orion.  NASA’s Orion spacecraft will adorn a rocket planned to bring humans to Mars and beyond.

ZEISS ORION NanoFab enthusiasts prepare for the Falcon 9 launch.

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Tags: Electron and Ion Microscopy


  1. Marilena Re

    Good morning.
    I am an Orion Plus user since in my institute in Italy there is a HIM Orion Plus used in the field of materials science.
    I would like to receive more information about the ZEISS ORION NanoFab user newsletter.
    Thank you in advance
    Marilena Re

  2. John Notte

    Hi Marilena, Nice to hear from you. I've read a couple of your papers via Research Gate. Very nice work!

    The newsletter is intended to serve exactly this role.... to keep the all the users informed of the activities in the HIM community.

    If you (or anyone) wants to receive the newsletter, just let me know your email contact information and I'll be sure that you are added to our newsletter distribution. You can email me directly at john.notte@zeiss.com We should get our first issue out at the end of July.


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