NT-MDT and the University of Limerick are working to develop a table-top device which will be capable of screening for Alzheimer's disease.
NT-MDT and its partners will develop an instrument that will be easy to use, flexible and allow direct imaging of the chemistry and the structure of very small features. The technique uses infrared radiation as a source of detection but breaks away from its physical diffraction limit so as to see features as small as 70 nanometers in lateral dimension, which is comparable to the size of a virus. The technique is also capable of seeing buried features without the need for destroying the surface of a cell or a material. The global microscopy market in 2008 was estimated to be in excess of billion and this new technology will be applicable to all areas of this growing market.
The LANIR (Label Free Nanoscopy Using Infra-Red) device will be based on infrared spectroscopy, which is a technique used as a routine testing method for many materials. LANIR technology improves the resolving power by almost 5 orders of magnitude. This is truly ground breaking technology which at the same time has a solid foundation which will allow it to be widely applied by scientists and engineers from a range of disciplines.
NT-MDT S&L (Ireland) welcome the collaboration; "This project is a good example of the strength of UL in transnational research where research strongly impacts the industrial community. UL and NT-MDT's ability to work closely together, both in terms of R&D and geographic proximity, will be extremely helpful in implementing and commercializing the breakthrough technology from LANIR into a robust product."