(NASDAQ:FEIC), a leading provider of atomic-scale imaging and analysis systems,
today announced that is has received the 100th order for its Titan™, the
world's most powerful commercially available microscope. Stanford University
has ordered the Titan 80-300 environmental transmission electron microscope
(ETEM) for a new facility associated with its Nanocharacterization Laboratory.
The Titan ETEM is the premier solution for chemical and catalyst research at
the atomic scale, and provides unique capabilities for studying dynamic processes
of materials under gas and elevated temperature conditions. The multi-million-dollar
system will ship to Stanford University in the first half of 2010.
Professor Robert Sinclair of Stanford University stated, "We are very
excited at the prospect of carrying out pioneering work using the Titan ETEM,
especially in the synthesis and understanding of new materials for energy and
the environment, and to study the responses of different materials as a function
of temperature and gas type down to the atomic level. The Titan ETEM will be
the cornerstone of a new facility that is associated with Stanford's Nanocharacterization
The Titan ETEM at Stanford will also be equipped with a spherical aberration
image corrector and a monochromator, permitting direct viewing and analysis
of interactions between the sample and its environment at the atomic scale.
"The sale of the 100th Titan is an important milestone, highlighting
FEI's leading position in electron microscopy. We plan to continue to
expand on the platform's fundamental leadership characteristics, enabling
a range of new pioneering applications, such as the ETEM capability on the Stanford
Titan system," said Dominique Hubert, FEI's vice president and general
manager, Research Division. "For example, the Titan ETEM's ability
to observe the sample in a controlled gaseous state is of great importance in
applications with the aim of studying interactions between various materials
and their environment: seeing chemistry at work. This includes processes such
as corrosion, oxidation and, above all, catalysis for new materials and energy.
This capability of the Titan ETEM is an example of how the platform's
flexibility and modularity helps to enable the study of a wide variety of phenomenon
across multiple disciplines."