Research Resource Core Laboratory
Microscopy and Analytical Imaging Research Resource Core Lab

The Microscopy and Analytical Imaging Research Resource Core Laboratory (MAI) provides life and physical sciences and engineering users a wide spectrum of sample preparation tools and techniques and imaging technologies.

For life sciences users’ studies of unicellular and multicellular organisms, the MAI provides multi-scale and advanced multi-dimensional imaging technologies that permit imaging the following: basic architecture; levels of organization (i.e., from atoms to molecules, organelles, cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and whole organisms); and physiological states (i.e., health, sickness, decline, recovery, death).

For physical sciences and engineering users’ studies, the MAI provides high-resolution nano-scale imaging technologies and materials characterization and analytical spectroscopic imaging capabilities for discovery, fabrication, and characterization of materials; obtaining chemical information about nano-structures of interest; investigation of inter- and intramolecular interactions; and for modeling of nanoscale materials.

Electron Microscopy


Coming Soon... Hitachi H-8100!!

Hitachi H-8100 Transmission Electron Microscope 
·          75kV to 200kV thermionic emission (W hairpin filament)
·          Large specimen tilt (+/- 45 degrees) pole piece
·          In situ heating experiments with a heating stage (up to 900 degrees)
·          A cryo-TEM with a cryo-holder (down to -170 degrees)
·          A Gatan TV rate CCD camera for imaging (down to 0.5 nm resolution) and diffraction (large tilting with a Gatan double tilt holder)
·          A Silicon Drift Detector (SDD) for energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy
·          Operation at low kV (75 and 100 kV) for soft- and bio-materials and 200 kV for inorganic materials
·          Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction (CBED), nanodiffraction capabilities
·          Hollow-Cone Illumination
More to come...