Successful high-resolution SEM of living organism


Successful high-resolution scanning electron microscopy of living organism

-The invention of "Nanosuit" that prevents release of gas and liquid in high vacuum environment-


As an aspect of Core Research for Evolutionary Science and Technology, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Professor Takahiko Hariyama of Hamamatsu University School of Medicine and Professor Masatsugu Shimomura of the Advanced Institute of Materials Research at Tohoku University's group invented a biocompatible plasma polymer membrane which protects living organisms in a high vacuum state and succeeded in the high-resolution scanning electron microscope observation of living organisms.


Yasuharu Takaku, Hiroshi Suzuki, Isao Ohta, Daisuke Ishii, Yoshinori Muranaka, Masatsugu Shimomura, and Takahiko Hariyama, "A thin polymer membrane, nano-suit, enhancing survival across the continuum between air and high vacuum" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2013) (Abstract) (will open in a new tab)