Nanomaterials – Research and Applications

Name of the Research Infrastructure (RI)

Nanomaterials – Research and Applications

Acronym of the RI


Website of the RI

Location (address) of the RI


University of Tartu, Institute of Physics, Viljandi mnt. 42, Tartu (HR-TEM);

University of Tartu, Insitute of Chemistry, Ravila 14a, Tartu (ToF-SIMS);

Tallinn University of Technology, Institute of Material Sceince, Ehitajate tee 5, Tallinn (HR-SEM).

Scientific domain(s) of the RI


Chemistry and Material Sciences, Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and   Mathematics, Engineering and Energy

Type of RI


Research Services at the RI


HR-TEM facility provides ability to characterize and visualize material   composition and structural defects at sub-nanometre scale. The service is   supported by full-time machine operaator and ability to prepare samples (very   time consuming) and help in interpreting the measurement results.

ToF-SIMS facility provides service of characterizing materials’ chemical   composition both at high lateral accuracy (0.5 – 1.0 microns) and mass   selectivity (M/dM>11000). Setup also provides an Ion gun for accurate   materials cutting and edging in situ for depth profiling. Service is   supported by full-time machine operator for samples cleaning/preparation and   conduction of experiments.

MAT-SEM facility provides a complex service of growing thin film   materials with laser ablation deice NANO-PLD-1000 and measuring the mass and   structural properties with crystal resonance mass detector and high   resolution (down to 0.6 nm) scanning electron microscope. The facility is   supported by full-time operator support.

Equipment at the RI


ToF-SIMS – Time of Flight Secondary Ion Spectrometer is used for measuring chemical element composition of a material with high spatial accuracy.

HR-TEM – High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope. Apparatus for nanoscale imaging and element analysis of specially prepared material samples with sub-nanometre resolution for investigating atom level properties    of materials.

MAT-SEM – High Resolution Scanning Electron Microscope equipped materials growth and characterization setup. An apparatus for high resolution imaging and characterization of materials and objects with scattered electrons and high accuracy mass measurements.



Number of national users per year: 100

Number of European users per year: NA

Number of international users per year: NA

Year of start of operation

(i.e. Status and Status Date)

Status: Under construction

Since: 2011

Key words

State of the art microscopy and analysis RI for material science

Description of the RI


NAMUR is a multidisciplinary decentralized material research infrastructure in Estonia with the primary goal of:

1) providing world top level IR for material characterization at nano- and sub-nanometre scale;

2) make Estonia visible as a potential source of high level knowledge in the field of nano scale material science;

3) increase the knowledge and provide educational platform for nanoscale material science in Estonia.

The RI is composed of three separate facilities: High Resolution Transmission Electron microscope (HR-TEM); Time of Flight secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (ToF-SIMS) and High Resolution Scanning Electron Microscope equipped material characterization complex (MAT-SEM). The RI is jointly owned by two Estonian universities; Tartu University and Tallinn Technical University. Currently the RI is not a member of any other RI networks (there are plan for the future).

Hosting Organisation

University of Tartu / Tallinn University of Technology

Contact email

Sven Lange