Electron Microscope Facility
The electron microscope facility serves the research and teaching needs of faculty and graduate students in the physical and biological sciences at Brown University and is available to outside academic and, in most cases, industry users. The laboratory instrumentation currently consists of (i) three transmission electron microscopes for chemical, structural, and crystallographic microstructure analysis and includes EDS, energy filtered imaging (GIF), EELS spectroscopy, specialized heating/straining holders for in situ characterization, (ii) two scanning electron microscopes for microstructural studies of surface relief and morphology, chemical (EDS), and crystallographic (EBSD) analysis, (iii) a dual beam FIB equipped for the fabrication of nanostructures, the investigation of three dimensional crystallographic structures, and automated TEM specimen preparation, (iv) a tool for Auger-XPS surface chemistry characterization, (v) sample preparation facilities including PIPs ion mill, C- and Au-Pd coating, electropolishing and (vi) image processing, optical microscopes are available in the facility.
The Electron Microscope Facility is directed by Professor David C. Paine, Materials Science, in the School of Engineering. Training and the day-to-day operation of the facility is the responsibility of a Sr. Research Engineer, Anthony McCormick, who has decades of experience in the operation of ion beam and electron beam instrumentation. This laboratory is one of several central facilities at Brown that provide access to specialized, high capital cost research tools and is administered by the Center for Advanced Materials Research which is under the umbrella of the Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI). The Electron Microscope Facility at Brown is operated as a cost center where the annual cost of supplies, service contracts, and personnel is recovered through an hourly charge to users for their instrument beam time.
EMF is located in the basement of the Barus Holley Building on the Brown campus. The Electron Microscope Facility was designed to house a suite of electron microscopes and, as such, each room has the power, cooling water supply, and HVAC necessary to run a modern microscope. These rooms have been mapped for stray fields and, being in the basement, are well isolated from vibration. The Barus Holley building is home to the School of Engineering, and department of Physics. The departments of Chemistry and Geology are located less than a city block from the facility. The Electron Microscope Facility occupies more than 3000 square feet of space and is accessible to authorized users of the Brown research community by card access on a 24 hour/7 day basis. Authorized users are able to reserve time on the instruments using an on-line web-based system. Updates to the equipment status and user-news are quickly disseminated using a list-serve that is maintained by our on-site research engineer.
The EM facility welcomes users from departments across the Brown campus as well as academic and industrial users. To start the process for gaining access click here.
For further information contact: David C. Paine
Professor, Division of Engineering
Director, Electron Microscope Facility
Phone: (401) 863-1457
Box D, Brown University
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