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Material Science Lab

Professional personnel trained in the operation of analytical instrumentation and characterization equipment aptly complement the scientific and technical capabilities of the MSL equipment.

Morphology and topographical characterization are available for a wide range of materials, including (but not limited to) polymers, ceramics, metals (and their alloys), fibers, aggregates and composites.

The centerpiece of the lab is the new ultra-high-resolution Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM) Hitachi SU7000.  The high performance SU7000 offers a multitude of functionalities including wide-area observation, in-situ analysis, variable pressure, high-resolution imaging at low accelerating voltages (e.g., 0.9 nm@1 kV), and simultaneous multi-signal collection. 

The SU7000 is also equipped with an enhanced Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) system Octane Elect and APEX™ software by EDAX for microanalysis. Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) Imaging capabilities are available.

 New SEM

Additionally, the MSL includes a FEI Quanta 200 Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM) equipped with EDAX Octane Pro Detector and EDAX TEAM software and a Zygo 3D Optical Profiler for characterizing and quantifying surface roughness, step heights, critical dimensions and other topographical features.

Along with the above instruments, the MSL includes a full range of specimen preparation equipment (i.e. acid bench, automated grinding and polishing, sawing, and sputter coating). There is also an inverted microscope with image analysis software for determining particle size and density counts, and a Vickers scale microhardness indentation device.

 Scanning Electron Microscope

EQUIPMENT LIST

Electron Microscopy / X-Ray Microanalysis

  • Hitachi Ultra-High Resolution FE Scanning Electron Microscope equipped with EDAX Octane Elect Detector and APEX software
  • FEI Quanta 200 Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope equipped with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy / EDAX Octane Pro and EDAX TEAM software
  • Zygo 3D Optical Profiler / New View 6K
  • Hitachi S-4500 Field Emission Electron Microscope / Nano Magnification Level
  • Rigaku Ultima IV X-Ray Diffractometer with several analytical attachments / PDXL Pattern Match Database
  • Beckman Coulter Laser Diffraction Particle Size Analyzer

Metallography Equipment

  • Nikon Epiphot Inverted Microscope equipped with Nikon-Elements Basic Research software
  • Nikon Eclipse MA 100 Inverted Microscope equipped with Nikon-Element D software
  • Nikon SMZ 1500 Zoom Microscope equipped with Nikon-Elements Basic Research software
  • Nike Eclipse TE 2000-U Microscope equipped with Nikon-Element D software
  • Buehler Isomet Plus Precision Saw
  • Buehler Pneumet II Sample Mounting Press
  • Buehler Vector / Phoenix Beta Sample Grinder / Polisher
  • LDS Chemical Fume Hood Etching Station

Ancillary Equipment

  • Buehler Microhardness Tester - Vickers / Knoop Indenters equipped with Beuhler MHT software
  • Buehler Vacuum Sample Pump
  • Polaron High Resolution Sputtercoater

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Lab Manager: Wayne Hawkins

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ehawkins@tntech.edu