Functional NiTi grids for in situ straining in the TEM
Schürmann, U. and Chluba, C. and Wolff, N. and Smazna, D. and Lima de Miranda, R. and Junker, P. and Adelung, R. and Quandt, E. and Kienle, L.
Volume: 182 Pages: 10-16
In situ measurements are a pivotal extension of conventional transmission electron microscopy (TEM). By means of the shape memory alloy NiTi thin film Functional Grids were produced for in situ straining as alternative or at least complement of expensive commercial holders. Due to the martensite-austenite transition temperature straining effects can be observed by use of customary heating holders in the range of 50 to 100 °C. The grids can be produced in diversified designs to fit for different strain situations. Micro tensile tests were performed and compared with finite element simulations to estimate the applied forces on the sample and to predict the functionality of different grid designs. As a first example of this Functional Grid technology, we demonstrate the impact of applying a strain to a network of ZnO tetrapods. © 2017 Elsevier B.V.