Specializing in spectroscopy and microscopy for material, biological samples and device research
The Imaging & Characterization Core Lab specializes in spectroscopy and microscopy for material and device research to learn about the structure and composition of samples. It includes facilities for electron microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, physical characterization, surface science, and optical microscopy. The facility enables researchers to view samples at a scale ranging from millimeter to sub angstrom, providing a wide spectrum of imaging and characterization capabilities.
As with all our facilities, the Imaging & Characterization lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory that supports research across many different departments within KAUST. The lab facilitates research interaction and collaboration between the physical, chemical, biological and medical disciplines.
The materials science electron microscopy facility houses six top-of-the-line electron microscopes. Several of these microscopes enable sub-angstrom imaging capability and ultra high-energy resolution chemical analysis capability.
The Imaging & Characterization Core Lab houses 11 state-of-the-art Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometers, coupled with a vast range of associated accessories. Included in the facility is one of the world's first Bruker 900MHz Wide-Bore magnets which is dedicated to material science research, as well as the world’s first Bruker500MHz Super-Wide-Bore magnet for imaging applications.
The surface analysis laboratory is equipped with instruments devoted to surface characterization using various focused ion and photon probes. This facility is used for investigating the elemental composition of surfaces including the elemental quantification, the inspection of the chemical functions and bonding, the measurement of layer thicknesses and the assessment of the surface roughness and of their mechanical properties. This lab includes x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, ellipsometery, profilometry, nanotest system and atomic force microscopy.
The optical microscopy facility houses many different types of advanced optical microscopes, such as stereomicroscope, epifluorescence, laser scanning confocal, multi-photon fluorescence, live cell work station, total internal reflection and wide-field deconvolution microscopes.
The physical characterization facility houses different types of XRD, such as powder XRD, thin film XRD and single-crystal XRD.
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