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The Imaging and Characterization Core Lab is equipped with a comprehensive collection of instruments in electron microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, physical characterization, surface science and optical microscopy. The lab strives to keep the facility competitive through periodic upgrades and strategic partnerships with key equipment suppliers.
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Our electron microscopy facility is equipped with fourteen state-of-the-art electron microscopes. Six of our electron microscopes are top-of-the-line FEI Titan TEMs. These microscopes come with a range of advanced capabilities which enable us to answer challenging scientific problems in both materials and biological sciences.
Our Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility comprises a suite of non-destructive analytical tools used to obtain atomic resolution information on the structure and motion of molecules. The facility includes 11 NMR spectrometers for solution-based and solid-state samples to study the structure and motion of organic and inorganic materials and proteins.
The facility includes one of the world's first Bruker 900 MHz wide-bore magnets for solid-state samples and a 400 MHz solid-state dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) NMR spectrometer. Our Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is used for imaging larger structures such as plants, rocks and MRI contrast agents. A continuous-wave electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer is also available for studying unpaired electrons in photochemical reactions and metals. We also operate our own helium recycling system.
Our surface science facility is equipped with equipment for analyzing the surface morphologies, chemical states, chemical compositions and composition distribution along depth. The facility includes state-of-the-art X-ray photo electron spectroscopy (XPS), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and other surface analyzers.
The optical microscopy facility houses advanced optical microscopes which provide capabilities in both biological and materials science imaging and analyzing. The facility offers laser scanning confocal, multi-photon fluorescence, stereo, biostation, total internal reflection and laser microdissection microscopes. The facility also offers powerful image processing software for users to perform advanced image interpretation and post-processing tasks.
The physical characterization facility offers various X-ray diffractometers, such as poly-crystalline XRD, epitaxial thin film XRD, single-crystal XRD and temperature dependent XRD as well as Raman/PL(photoluminescence) instruments. We support research in the field of materials and biological science.
The Imaging and Characterization Core Lab is located in Building 3, level 0, West
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