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Highlights of 58th EIPBN Conference

June 2, 2014

The 58th International Conference on Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication (EIPBN) was held in Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC from 5/27 to 5/30, 2014. Started from 1959, this is one of the most influential conferences in the field of nanopatterning and device fabrication. Due to its main topics in electron, ion, and photon beams, EIPBN is also referred to as “3-beams” conference.

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58th EIPBN, or 3-beams conference

The topics include:
– Nanoimprint lithography
– Directed Self-Assembly
– Biologically-inspired Assembly
– Atomic and Molecular manipulation
– Electron- and ion-beam lithography
– Advanced optical lithography
– Dimensional metrology, alignment
– Imaging methods
– Scanned-probe-based patterning
– Resists and resist processing
– Maskless lithography
– Soft lithography and embossing
– Extreme UV lithography
– Nanoscale processing techniques


Selected conference highlights:

Dr. Marija Drndic’s research team at UPenn showed their fancy work of turning a transmission electron microscope into a nanosculpting device. They used JEOL 2100F TEM in STEM mode. This is exactly the same model that I used to operate everyweek in the past 3 years in NISP Lab at UMD, College Park. When well designed, the instrument can be used to monitor the in situ gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) synthetic process by measuring the current. The work was published lately last year (Nano Lett. 13, 423, 2013).

One of the eye-catching work is paper-based microscope, Foldscope, developed by Dr. Manu Prakash at Stanford University. With a stunning resolution of 0.7 micron, the microscope just cost less than $1. The Foldscope can do bright field, dark field, image projection on a screen, and can be connected to a smart phone for recording. This is a great invention from a simple idea and may impact people’s life. According to the presenter, the best applications of this microscope are field diagnostics, as well as education with extremely low cost.

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Paper-based microscope. Photo from

     In the commercial exhibit, SwissLitho AG demonstrated their NanoRazor. The principle is straightforward as to evaporate organic resist by heating at specific positions controlled using a scanning tip. The overall instrument is pretty much similar as a SPM with larger operating area and heating function. The computer in the exhibition hall is remotely connected with the instrument in Switzerland. By simply drawing patterns using the software or even using a pen on the writing pad, the nanostructures can be fabricated almost simultaneously. The nanopattern below was made by myself in seconds! Besides of that, it can make multiscale data storage materials.

Hand-drawn nanostructures made by a remotely controlled NanoRazor. Image received from Dr. Stefan Weber.


The 58th EIPBN conference site is located in the center of Washington, DC, within 15 min walking distance from The Smithsonian National Zoo, which is the featuring tourist spot of the city.

Links to current and previous conferences:

58th EIPBN: May 27-30, 2014 in Washington, DC.

57th EIPBN: May 28-31, 2013 in Nashville, TN.

56th EIPBN: May 29-June 1, 2012 in Waikoloa, HI.

EIPBN abstracts archive for 2007-2014


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