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Posted: May 28, 2009
NanoInk Announces a New Extended Variable Temperature Control Module to Enhance DPN
(Nanowerk News) Recent advances in producing a variety of new nanoscale products using NanoInk’s patented Dip Pen Nanolithography® (DPN®) have been achieved with a new thermoelectric variable temperature stage module.
Schematic of NanoInk’s temperature control module for DPN.
Vice President of NanoInk’s NanoFabrication System Division, Tom Levesque stated “We have seen that the versatility of the materials which can be controllably deposited with DPN will grow with this new range of temperatures. Previous work centered around materials deposited close to ambient conditions, but this new approach enables the deposition of a wide variety of new molecules that were deemed challenging and impossible to deposit under ambient conditions. This gives us more flexibility and expands our choice of chemistries. This new stage extends the range from as low as 4 to as high as 80 degrees C.”
Recent work presented at the NSTI meeting in Houston, Texas, showed how extended temperatures enabled the creation of modified substrates for stem cell culture. Dr. Nabil A. Amro, Senior Scientist at NanoInk, explained: “Our ability to fabricate features of alkanethiols under 100nm in size and extending over areas of square centimeters could not have been achieved without extended temperature control. These substrates are proving truly remarkable at controlling and selecting specific stem cell paths of differentiation.”
The extended temperature DPN module will be available for NanoInk’s DPN 5000 and NSCRIPTOR™ systems in July. Contact NanoInk for more information at [email protected]
About NanoInk Inc.
NanoInk, Inc. is an emerging growth technology company specializing in nanometer-scale manufacturing and applications development for the life science and semiconductor industries. Using Dip Pen Nanolithography® (DPN®), a patented and proprietary nanofabrication technology, scientists are enabled to rapidly and easily create nanoscale structures from a wide variety of materials. This low cost, easy to use and scalable technique brings sophisticated nanofabrication to the laboratory desktop.
Located in the new Illinois Science + Technology Park, north of Chicago, NanoInk currently has over 140 patents and applications filed worldwide and has licensing agreements with Northwestern University, Stanford University, University of Strathclyde, University of Liverpool, California Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.