Equipment Listing

Microscopy Equipment

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    Dr. Joe Biernacki and graduate student John Richardson operate the new ESEM
    Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM), FEI Quanta 200 with Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS) – The ESEM is equipped with an x-ray energy-dispersive microanalysis technology providing semi-quantitative elemental analysis. Additionally, the Center’s ESEM is used in failure analysis and prevention and can conduct microanalyses of specimens under a tensile load (up to 1,000 lb.) with micrographs or sequential ESEM photos during a load test that are converted into movie files. The ESEM is particularly versatile in that it is capable of viewing liquid or hydrated, heated or cooled, samples since it operates under a much broader range of pressures as opposed to traditional SEM equipment
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    Wayne Hawkin operating the JEOL 733 microprobe
    JEOL 733 Electron Microprobe – The JEOl 733 electron microprobe is a high performance X-ray micro analyzer for qualitative and quantitative analysis of a variety of specimens and their composing elements. This fine focused electron probe irradiates the specimen, generating X-rays, secondary electrons andback-scattered electrons used for analysis. X-rays irradiated from the surface of the specimen are analyzed on one hand according to their energy and on the other hand according to their wavelength. The specimen can be viewed under direct illumination through an optical microscope installed on the column. Secondary and back-scattered electron images, both composition and topographic, can be seen on the main control panel CRT and photographed using the camera for scanning images. It is equipped with 3 wavelength-dispersive spectrometers and an energy-dispersive spectrometer. This configuration allows the acquisition of digital images and controllers of the stage and spectrometers has been automated. The Center is currently using the instrument to analyze specimens relating to coating research and quantitative analysis of an outside client’s raw material.
  • ISI-SR-50 Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Bausch & Lomb zoom microscope (No image capture so
  • Nikon Digital inverted microscope with 1000x objective lens and computerized particle image analysis software.Nikon Eclipse TE2000 Bio-Inverted and IVF system with multi-port expandability capable of fluorescence imaging of bio-chemical images and their transport mechanisms

Coating Equipment

  • Denton vacuum gold sputter coater
  • Denton vacuum gold sputter coater
  • Polaron SC7640 vacuum gold sputter coater
  • Polaron CC7650 vacuum carbon coater

Materialography Sample Preparation Equipment and Facilities

  • Buehler Vibromet precision saw
  • Buehler Vibromet polishers (Qty. 3)
  • Buehler automated grinder/polisher with vector power head
  • Buehler vacuum impregnation epoxy systemAcid bench and fume hood for etching samples

Special Purpose Equipment

  • Critical point drier for preparing biological samples
  • Buehler Micromet II Digital Micro Hardness tester
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