ACS Nano publishes a paper on a unique technology for simultaneous characterization of the structure and optical properties of nanoscale objects

The ACS Nano, a world's leading journal in nanotechnology, has accepted for publication (and published on its website) the paper Combined Scanning Probe Nanotomography and Optical Microspectroscopy: A Correlative Technique for 3D Characterization of Nanomaterials coauthored by the LNBE researchers K. Mochalov, A. Chistyakov, V. Oleinikov (Biophysics Group), A. Sukhanova (Nanomedicine Group), I. Nabiev (LNBE Leading Scientist), A. Efimov, I. Agapov (Shumakov Federal Research Center of Transplantology and Artificial Organs, Moscow, Russia), and A. Bobrovsky (Department of Chemistry, Moscow State Unioversity, Moscow, Russia).

The technology designed and tested by the authors is a further development of the approach to analyzing the 3D nanostructure of samples by means of scanning probe microscopy of a series of ultrathin sections that was earlier suggested by Dr. Efimov. The new technology makes it possible not only to determine the 3D nanostructure, but also to obtain an optical image and perform spectral analysis of the same area of a sample. This offers fundamentally new opportunities for the quality control of materials used in nanotechnology and nanomedicine, as well as control of their manufacturing.

The novel technology has already attracted wide attention of both the scientific community and mass media.

The ACS Nano, published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), is one of the most respected and cited journals on nanotechnology with an impact factor above 12.


Konstantin E. Mochalov, Ph.D. (

Biophysics Group, Laboratory of Nano-Bioengineering, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, 31 Kashirskoe shosse, Moscow, 115409 Russia

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