About us

 

Nanolab is the electron microscopy laboratory of the University of Pannonia (UP). We study the structures, compositions, and morphologies of solid materials, from atomic resolution to the micrometer scale, using a wide variety of electron microscopy techniques.

Nanolab is part of UP's Research Institute of Biomolecular and Chemical Engineering.  Nanolab staff belong to various organizational units but are all members of the Environmental Mineralogy Research Group.

In addition to pursuing our own research projects, our facility provides service to both internal (UP) and external users. If you wish to use the services of Nanolab, please fill in this form

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News      
     
Cave bacteria making carbonates - paper using Nanolab results published in Sci. Rep. (May 2020)    
 

 

Bacteria cultivated from Baradla Cave are capable of stabilizing amorphous carbonate at room temperature, and thus provide an opportunity for an analysis of this peculiar carbonate form and for a better understanding of carbonate formation.

Amorphous carbonate may be common in temperate caves and its occurrence is directly linked to bacterial activity. This material presumably influences the geochemical signal recorded in cave sediments and thus the conclusions of past environmental and climate changes. 

The results by Nóra Enyedi, Péter Németh and coworkers rely heavily on data obtained using the Talos in Nanolab.

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Nanolab closed for visitors because of the coronavirus situation (March-April 2020)

 

 

From March 12 until further notice the Nanolab is closed for external users. We continue to do measurements; however, since only one staff member is allowed in the lab at any time, our capacity is reduced.

 

 

Guest from Australia (January 2020)    
Professor Silvia Frisia from the University of Newcastle spends some time in Nanolab. Dolomite microstructures, cave carbonates and contemporary stromatolites are on the plate.    silvia

Busy summer of 2019
   
Summer internship of three students, launching new projects in biomineralization and atmospheric aerosol science, our research portfolio gradually widens.    csoportkep 2019julius

Guest from Potsdam   lucas
Lucas Kuhrts PhD student spends two weeks here to get trained in HAADF electron tomography.  

Nanolab inauguration and electron microscopy mini-conference - October 2, 2018   IMG 6042
Official opening of Nanolab. In the afternoon famous electron microscopists gave lectures: Peter Buseck, Rafal Dunin-Borkowski, Aleksander Recnik, Béla Pécz and Péter Németh.  
A bunch of electron microscopists who - at some point in their career - have been associated with Peter Buseck's group at Arizona State University (from left to right: István Dódony, Michael Czank, Peter Buseck, Mihály Pósfai, Péter Németh, Rafal Dunin-Borkowski).    7m

 

Nano-picnic, Sept 2018

 

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Before the official inauguration, the staff of the University of Pannonia was given a tour of the new lab - along with a picnic including beer and some food.  
   

User training started   oktatas
All through the summer several 3-day training sessions were held for prospective new users - we hope there will be many of them.  

The Talos arrived!

   

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The Talos TEM arrived! There was some panic (apparently, the doorstep was a bit too high), but the instrument is now in its place in the brand new Nanolab building, and awaiting installation.

 

Apreo SEM is working - December 2017    
The Apreo SEM produced the first images, and the EDAX energy-dispersive system (EDS) and the electron beackscattered diffraction (EBSD) detector also arrived.    

Ion millling machine - November 2017    

We have received the ion milling machine. Temporarily it will be placed in building C but its final place will be in the new TEM building.

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Progress in Nanolab construction - Nov 2017    
The walls of the new TEM building are standing, except for the microscope room – the 50-ton concrete slab is done, this will ensure vibration-free operating conditions.    

The SEM is here - November 2017    
The Apreo FEG-SEM arrived! The microscope was successfully transported up to the 3rd floor in building C, to the Institute of Materials Engineering. Installation will take about 3 to 4 weeks.