Summer School 2022

The 1st FIT4NANo summer school took place in Brno, Czech Republic, from 20-24. June 2022 and was organized by the Institute of Scientific Instruments of the Czech Academy of Sciences (ISI) and CEITEC Brno University of Technology (CEITEC BUT).

The mornings were filled with lectures available to on-site as well as online participants, while the afternoon sessions were filled with hands-on training in the labs.

Morning Program

Monday, 20 June

9 a.m. CET

Instrumentation & analytics

Nico Klingner, HZDR

  • Instrumentation
    – Liquid Metal Ion Sources
    – Gas Field Ion Sources
    – Column Optics
  • Instrument design
    – Vacuum system
    – Hardware and electronics
    – Laboratory
  • Secondary Electron Detectors
    – Stages and sample holders
    – Sample preparation
    – Software and operation of a FIB
  • Scanning Electron Columns
    – Gas Injection Systems
    – Nano Manipulators
    – Analytics

Tuesday, 21 June

9 a.m. CET

FIB Simulation Software Hands-on session

Silvan Kretschmer, HZDR

Software requirements:
– SRIM installation


  • Binary Collision Approximation:
    Kinematics of ion-target atom interaction
    Energy transfer
  • Cross-Sections:
    Rutherford scattering cross-section
    Displacement cross-section
  • Ion Stopping:
    Nuclear Stopping
    Electronic Stopping

Hands-On session: SRIM

Wednesday, 22 June

9 a.m. CET

Ion-solid interaction & simulations

Mahdi Ghorbani-Asl, HZDR

  • Irradiation effects from atomistic simulations
    – Theoretical background
    – Choice of the method
  • Doing ion-irradiation simulations in practice
    – Molecular dynamics simulations
    – Interatomic potentials and their accuracy
    – Computational setup
  • Two-dimensional (2D) materials under ion bombardment
    – Simulations of ion impacts on free-standing 2D materials
    – Simulations of ion irradiation of supported 2D materials
  • Tailoring electronic and optical properties of 2D materials using ion irradiation
    – Effect of defects on the electronic and transport properties of 2D materials
    – Role of defects on the optical properties of 2D materials

Thursday, 23 June

9 a.m. CET


Katja Höflich, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB)

  • Introduction and overview
  • Subtractive FIB processing- material science:
    – cross-sectioning
    – TEM lamellae
    – mechanical testing
    – fiber-optical components
    – plasmonic(photonic components
    – nanoprobes
    – NEMS
    – quantum materials
  • Gas-assisted FIB processing- ion-induced chemistry
    – nanostructures for electronics, for mechanics, for optics
  • Defect engineering- defect creation
    – low-dimensional materials
    – modification of optical properties
    – irradiation-induced damage

Friday, 24 June

9 a.m. CET

Imaging, bio and 3D reconstruction

Matthias Schmidt, UFZ

  • particularities of bio-specimens (in comparison to materials-science)
  • FIB applications in the life-sciences developed in the last millennium
    – proton-induced X-ray emission (PIXE)
    – scanning transmission ion microscopy (STIM)
    – secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS)
  • the “revolution in ultra-microscopy”
    – general concept of the technique and preparation of the specimen
    – application examples
    – cryo-FIB-SEM
    – correlative approaches (light microscopy – FIB-SEM)
    – large volumes
  • helium-ion microscopy in the life sciences
    – HIM SE-imaging examples (sample preparation)
    – ion-milling of biological samples (challenges)
    – other imaging modes (STIM, BSI, HIM-SIMS…)
    – correlative approaches
    – outlook: cryo-HIM

Afternoon Program

Each participant will be able to choose their afternoon program. Sign ups will be available once the participants were accepted.


Lab 1

Helios at ISI


Lab 2

Helios at CEITEC Nano


Lab 3

Lyra at CEITEC Nano


Lab 4

Lyra #2 at CEITEC Nano


Demo 1 (2 FIBs)

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Demo 2 (2 FIBs)

Tescan Orsay

(Xenon FIB)

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Thursday Jun 23

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Friday Jun 24

FIB Simulation Software Hands-on session

Summer School Grant

Successful applicants receive a travel grant to participate in the summer school to cover their expenses. The grant includes a daily allowance of 100€ and travel reimbursement of up to 500€ based on actual invoice.


In total, 15 students will be accepted to the school.
The target group for the summer schools are students.
Preference will be given to applicants who are members of the FIT4NANO action (Create an eCOST account and sign up here by joining one of our work groups) as well as to applicants from ITC countries.

Application Procedure

Please download this form and upload it along with your CV (in 1 PDF file) when you fill in the application.

will be screened and evaluated by a committee from ISI and HZDR.


Venue of the morning program

Lecture Hall of the
Institute of Scientific Instruments (ISI) of the Czech Academy of Sciences
(Ústav přístrojové techniky AV ČR, v. v. i.)
Královopolská 147
612 64 Brno

Location on Google Maps:

Brno & South Moravia

Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, is the capital of the South Moravian Region with a population of almost 400.000 people (700 thousand in the larger metro area). Modern, dynamic and fast growing centre of industry, trade, science, information technology, research and innovation with business incubators and centres of excellence in science. A city of universities with more than 86,000 students at 14 universities and 3 university campuses. Important centre of international trade fairs and exhibitions.Good business environment – major global companies and property developers. Support infrastructure for business in the field of science, research and innovation.  High quality of life – a centre culture and sports, historical sights (Villa Tugendhat, a UNESCO site, functionalist architecture, shopping centres and services for leisure time and beautiful natural environment.

More informationsTourist information

Recommended accommodation

A-sport Hotel
Vodova 108
612 00 Brno

Location on Google Maps:

How to get from the hotel to the Institute (a 10 minute walk):

How to get to Brno

By plane

Visitors of Brno can use International Airport Brno-Tuřany or International Prague Airport and Brno is also well connected to international airport in Vienna (Austria).

By bus or train

Student agency is a reliable bus and train company. From Vienna and Prague, we also recommend the RailJet train category to Prague and Vienna – universal bus/train search engine and public transport planner

By car

Brno is located on the main Czech highway D1 and D2. For highways and some bigger roads it is necessary to have a highway sticker, which is for sale at the border crossing, petrol stations, post offices and in the motor clubs.

By Taxi

Private Airport Transport BRNO TRANSPORT 

Brno – Prague Brno 125 EUR

Brno – Vienna – Brno 130 EUR

Booking is available directly on the website.

Useful Links:

Czech Trainways

Brno Airport

RegioJet – bus & train

Public Transport – time tables

TAXI information (City TAXI Brno)