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Pipetting samples into DNA sequencerEvolution
Researchers monitoring wetland areaBioavailability
Processing samples in organics labTrophic Ecology
Trophic Ecology
Geochemical reactions in small pool seen by green and brown coloursGeochemistry
Invasive Golden Star tunicateInvasion Biology
Invasion Biology
Student sampling water in wetland areaAquatic Ecology
Aquatic Ecology
Bacterium feeding on arsenicBiogeochemistry

Advanced Microscopy and Materials Characterization

The Centre for Advanced Microscopy and Materials Characterization is a multi-user facility with State of the Art equipment to meet a variety of microscopy and analytical needs.

Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy

The facilty has an FEI Quanta Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM)with the new generation EDAX Octane SDD detector and TEAM software.  The ESEM has a resolution of 3 nanometers in High Vacuum, and can accommodate wet, dirty and outgassing samples.  The new EDS TEAM software has the capability of a wide variety of materials characterization modes including simple point analysis, linescans and mappping (including multifield maps and phase analysis). 

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Atomic Force Microscope/Raman Spectroscopy

Purchased in the fall of 2014, the new WiTec Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and Confocal Raman Spectrometer is a multifunctional integrated system which allows users to do both AFM and Raman spectroscopy on the same sample, on the same instrument, using integrated software.  It also has a True Surface Profilometer, and SNOM (Scanning Near Optical Micrsocopy) capabilities which can achieve an optical resolution of 50-100 nm.

The WiTec System has a 532 nm and 785 nm laser, and is equipped with both transmitted and reflected light sources for a variety of samples.  It is also capable of carrying out analyses in liquid, and has water-immersion objective lenses. 

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