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AMBER's Smallest Shamrock

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Published on Mar 13, 2014

To celebrate St Patrick's Day, AMBER has made a nano sized shamrock whose stem is approximately 200,000 times smaller than a grain of salt. The shamrock, 500 of which could fit side by side on a single human hair, has been etched on to a Trinity College Dublin silver lapel pin. The pin will be presented to Dr. Garret A. FitzGerald, recipient of the SFI St Patrick's Day Science Medal today in Washington DC at The Wild Geese Network of Irish Scientists' by Prof Michael Morris, AMBER Principal Investigator. The shamrock was etched using AMBER's Helium Ion Microscope which is the only one in Ireland and one of only a handful in Europe. The microscope enables very high resolution imaging of less than 1 nanometre and is used to image and pattern a range of materials. AMBER researchers use the microscope to image graphene and other 2D materials, bio-engineered scaffolds for tissue engineering and a range of polymer composites for research and industry purposes.

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