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Cornell Center for Materials Research adds 300kV Fei Titan Themis Cryo-S/TEM to shared facilities

The Cornell Center for Materials Research has added a 300kV Fei Titan Themis Cryo-S/TEM to the shared facilities. This world-class, cryogenic, high-resolution microscope is the result of an NSF MRI award (1429155). This instrument is equipped with an FEI Ceta 16M camera, Gatan EF-CCD, and Gatan GIF Tridiem energy filter for EELS, single particle applications, cryo-tomography, STEM, Lorentz TEM and low-dose imaging with resolutions as low as 0.08 nm.

UW-Madison MRSEC Shared Facilities add new ellipsometry capabilities

The UW-Madison MRSEC shared facilities have added two new ellipsometers

1.  JA Woollam VASE+AR

2. JA Wollam IR-VASE Mark II

Both of these instruments are immediately available for use to both internal and external users.

University of Utah installs new S/TEM with ultrafast EDS

The University of Utah MRSEC has added a 200 keV analytical S/TEM, the JEM-2800, to its suite of imaging and analytical instruments, in partnership with USTAR equipment match funding.  This instrument is configured with twin 100mm2 EDS detectors to enable tomographic 3D elemental mapping.

Penn State Acquires a State-of-the-Art FIB/SEM

  • PSU is continuing to invest in critical research infrastructure and has purchased a beautiful FIB/SEM (the Helios NanoLab 660).
  • The FIB/SEM adds imaging, analysis and sample modification capability that will be enjoyed by both the Materials Science and Life Science communities.
  • To learn more about the FIB/SEM, contact Trevor Clark (; 814-865-8476).

Penn State Acquires a Titan S/TEM

  • PSU is continuing to invest in critical research infrastructure and has purchased a 60-300kV FEI Titan S/TEM.
  • With the S/TEM, one can image and elementally map with atomic-resolution.
  • To learn more about the FEI Titan, contact Trevor Clark (; 814-865-8476).

Equipment Updates at Northwestern Microfabrication Facility

Northwestern University's MRSEC has recently augmented the cababilities of its Materials Processing Microfabrication Facility:

Imaging XPS at UW-Madison

The MRSEC at UW-Madison is installing a new Imaging XPS (Thermo Scientific K-alpha) in the Materials Science Center. The system can image at <30 micron resolution, and collect and process spectral images in various format. The system is unique in that it will have the first combination Cluster Ion/single Ion sputtering gun in the US, permitting it to efficiently sputter both hard and soft materials, especially uncoated polymer thin films.


The instrument will be added to the database here on MRFN as soon as it is operational.

New Atom Probes at Colorado School of Mines

Recently added to an associated facility of the Renewable Energy MRSEC at the Colorado School of Mines are two advanced atom probe systems, both acquired through a recent NSF MRI development grant led by Professor Brian Gorman.

Unique CL-STEM at MIT

The MIT MRSEC has a transmission electron microscope (TEM) fitted with Gatan cathodoluminescent attachment.   The CL-STEM system makes it possible to characterize nano-structured materials and defects via electron excited optical transitions with spatial resolution that is unattainable with any other technique.  This system, which is unique in an academic setting in North America, is well suited to the research of semiconductor nanostructures.

Atom-Probe Tomography at Northwestern's NUCAPT Facility

The LEAP4000XSi atom-probe tomograph at Northwestern's MRSEC-NUCAPT facility, manufactured by Cameca, was upgraded in 2012 with the newest laser optics technology for allowing state-of-the art nano-scale 3D imaging of materials. In an atom-probe tomograph, a three-dimensional atom-by-atom image is generated by determining the elemental identity of each atom by mass spectrometry and simultaneously imaging the sample surface, at an approximate 1 million times magnification, by a process called field-evaporation.

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