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
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, 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.
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.
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
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