Super-resolution microscope on a chip


Rebecca Pool

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:30
European Chipscope project aims to fabricate the first chip-sized super-resolution microscope [H Wasisto]
A four-year,  €3.75 million European research project, ChipScope, aims to develop an extremely small, cost effective, optical microscope to study the interior of living cells in real time.
Comprising seven partners from five countries, the consortium will develop the chip-sized microscope, and use it to observe cells present in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis disease, in real-time.
Crucially, the microscope will allow researchers in developing nations, as well as scientists out in the field, to take reliable and affordable images of viruses, DNA, living cells and more.
During the project, 50 nm-sized LEDs will be developed and used as light sources for the new microscope.
Nano-LEDs: Chipscope will employ an array of 50 nm-sized LEDs as a light source, [H Wasisto].
The microscope will be integrated on a chip, enabling super-resolution optical microscopy to less than 50 nm resolution.
The ChipScope project runs from  January 2017 to December 2020 under the leadership of the University of Barcelona, Spain.
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