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Novel approach for preparation of in situ tensile testing of thin silica glass membranes in the TEM

Scheme demonstrating the workflow for the site-specific preparation and quantitative in situ tensile testing of thin silica glass membranes inside the transmission electron microscope.

A research article “A Novel Approach for Preparation and In Situ Tensile Testing of Silica Glass Membranes in the Transmission Electron Microscope” by our colleagues Mirza Mačković, Thomas Przybilla, Christel Dieker, Patrick Herre, Stefan Romeis, Hana Stara, Nadine Schrenker, Wolfgang Peukert and Erdmann Spiecker has been accepted for publication in the journal Frontiers in Materials, in the special topical issue about “Ultrastrong Glasses: Improving Mechanical Properties of Disordered Solids through Topo-Chemical Engineering”.

In this work, a novel approach for site-specific preparation and quantitative in situ tensile testing of thin silica glass membranes in the transmission electron microscope (TEM) is presented. Thereby, advanced focused ion beam techniques are used for the preparation of nanoscale dog bone-shaped silica glass specimens suitable for in situ tensile testing.

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