MSE Electron Microscopy Facilities Suite/B214

Within the B200 Suite of the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering (ARMS), the School of Materials Engineering has wide range of scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) and transmission electron microscopes (TEMs) that are available to Purdue Affiliated and outside users.  Because these microscopes require some skill to operate, training is required prior to being given access to the equipment.  This training can be obtained by taking the following classes offered by the School of Materials Engineering

Individuals planning to use these microscopes for their research are encouraged to sign up for these classes using the online forms on their respective pages well in advance.  

Reservation System: Coral

Coral is the billing tool for the School of Material Engineerings Electron microscopes and AFMs.  If you do not already have a Coral account, your advisor will need to set one up for you by filling out the web form at the following location: Coral Account Setup and Billing Info Maintenance.  Additional information on how to gain access to the facility, operate Coral and setup a Coral account can be found at


Current hourly rate can be viewed here: Electron Microscopy Hourly Rates


Please direct general inquires to:

Electron Microscopes

FEI XL40  (SEM with a Schottky FEG )   
FEI XL40 Scanning Electron Microscope with EDS and EBSD
Research instrument only available to users who have passed MSE 581 (see below). Located in ARMS B218

FEI-Tecnai TEM (Transmission Electron Microscope)
FEI-Tecnai TEM, 80-200 kV, high resolution imaging with sub-2.4 Å point resolution, bright and dark field imaging and capture of electron diffraction patterns
Research instrument only available to users who have passed MSE 582 (see below). Located in ARMS B232
NanoScience Phenom Desktop SEM (CeB6 filament SEM with SDD EDS)
Designed for rapid imaging and elemental analysis, the desktop SEM is available to all interested users after brief training (direct inquiries to the EM Administrator). Located in the XRD Facility, ARMS 2093.


Current users of the facility include: faculty, staff, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students. This creates a challenge for managing and maintaining the facility. We have been fortunate that our users were very cooperative, and considerate of others. However, to minimize conflicts, protect the equipment and maintain order, we ask users to familiarize themselves with our policies prior to using the facility.

Related Courses

The SEM and TEM facilities within Materials Engineering's Microstructural Analysis Facilities are core to many required undergraduate (MSE 335, MSE 367, MSE 440, MSE 490, HSCI 348) and graduate level classes at the university (MSE 597 [formerly MSE 581 and 583], MSE 582, MSE 640) as well as to Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate programs.  In particular, there is increasing demand for education in scanning and transmission electron microscopy in the 580 level skills classes to meet rising University needs in nanoscience and nanotechnology. MSE 640 – where TEM is taught to users who will make this a primary tool for their research – has increased its yearly enrollment steadily from 8 students to 22 students in 4 years.  Students in the past several years have come from MSE, ChE, ME, ECE, IE, AAE, ABE, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Industrial and Physical Pharmacy.

Undergraduate Courses

  • MSE 335 - Materials Characterization Laboratory
  • MSE 367 - Materials Processing Laboratory
  • HSCI 348 - Industrial Hygiene Instrumentation Techniques
  • MSE 440 - Materials Processing and Design II
  • MSE 499 - Research in Materials Engineering

Graduate Courses

  • MSE 581 - Introduction to Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • MSE 582 - Transmission Electron Microscopy Skills
  • MSE 583 - Energy Dispersive X-ray MicroAnalysis
  • MSE 640 - Transmission Electron Microscopy and Crystal Imperfections