Hummingbird Scientific will develop nanoscale imaging technology in partnership with University of Washington’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Hummingbird Scientific, a developer of electron microscopy products located in Lacey, Washington, is partnered with the University of Washington Department of Mechanical Engineering to develop a system for nanoscale imaging of materials in temperature-controlled fluid environments. Hummingbird Scientific expects their system could prove to be a core technology for a range of scientific advances, from developing efficient solar cells to targeting cancer cells. In this Phase III project, UW will receive $100,000 in research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center.
“This project is aiming to develop a generic integrated environmental fluid cell for the TEM to conduct real-time observations of inorganic and organic specimens, with the capability to control temperature inside the cell,” said Professor Gao.
“Some of the most important scientific questions in the fields of chemistry, nanoscience, bioscience and materials science revolve around high resolution imaging of materials. The technique developed in this project will allow these materials to be studied at atomic scale resolution in their native environment inside the TEM,” said Daan Hein Alsem, director of research at Hummingbird Scientific. “The technology that will result from this project is transformative which will have substantial impact across these scientific fields.”
“It’s exciting that this outstanding scientific business in Lacey that’s hard at work advancing our understanding of how things operate at the cellular level has been awarded this important funding,” said Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County (22nd Legislative District). “Hummingbird Scientific represents exactly the kind of cutting-edge research that the Legislature should be in the business of encouraging and supporting as we seek to grow the innovation sector of our economy. I’m told a number of different commercial applications may follow from Hummingbird Scientific’s winning project, and I offer them my congratulations.”
“In these challenging times we cannot pull back from investing in our future economy. I’m proud to see a Lacey company at the cutting edge of that future,” said state Rep. Brendan W. Williams, D-Olympia (22nd Legislative District).
“This is exactly the sort of entrepreneurial and academic partnership we need to be emphasizing as we compete with other folks and communities around the world for 21st century economic development,” said state Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia (22nd Legislative District). “It’s certainly great technological news for Lacey and Thurston County, of course, but more importantly it’s great news for folks in terms of advancements in the field of health care.”
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