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Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope

ENVIRONMENTAL SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPE (SEM)

Room 107,  Great Lakes Institute SEM image of fungal cells
for Environmental Research,
University of Windsor, Windsor, ON,
N9B 3P4

Technician: Sharon Lackie, Room 213
Phone: (519) 253-3000
Ext. 4850 (office),
Ext. 4932 (SEM Lab)
Fax: (519) 971-3616
e-mail: sharonl@uwindsor.ca

Faculty Supervisor: Christopher Weisener,
Assistant Professor EMMG;
email: weisener@uwindsor.ca,
Phone:519 253-3000 ext. 3753

Hours of Operation: 9:00 -4:30

Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope in the news

The University of Windsor's Environmental SEM facility offers an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope for users from all fields of research. The Environmental SEM is extremely versatile, and allows users to image the most challenging samples. The Environmental SEM excels at High Resolution Imaging, capable of resolution of 5 nanometers, excellent backscatter images, elemental analysis with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) and elemental mapping, and cathodoluminescence of trace elements. This SEM can image wet, dirty, oily or outgassing samples using the Low Vacuum or Environmental Mode.

THE MICROSCOPE

The FEI Quanta 200 FEG microscope was purchased in 2005, and is a leader in high resolution SEM with the following equipment and specifications:

Field Emission Gun (filament) for highest resolution scanning electron microscope and workstation
Everhart-Thornley Secondary Electron Detector
Solid State Backscatter Detector
Large Field Secondary Electron Detector 
EDAX Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) X-Ray Detector
Gaseous Secondary Electron Detector
Cathodoluminescence Detector 
 

OTHER EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE AT THE SEM FACILITY

Carbon Coater
Scandium imaging software for measuring and image enhancement
EDAX Genesis Software for EDS
Adobe Photoshop
BET surface area analyser

 
THE FACILITY

The Environmental SEM facility is run by a full time technician, Sharon Lackie, who is available to train new users, provide assistance with the running of the microscope and the EDS equipment, and offer advice on preparation methods or imaging parameters. Dr. Christopher Weisener is the faculty advisor who oversees the facility.  The microscope is available from 9:00 - 4:30

BOOKING TIME ON THE MICROSCOPE

Time can be booked on the microscope for a few hours, half a day or a whole day. Charges are per hour of microscope time.

Clients who wish to use the SEM may view available time slots using the Booking Calendar

If you need to cancel an appointment, please contact Sharon Lackie directly at 519-253-3000 x 4850, or by e-mail at sharonl@uwindsor.ca

 

USER FEES

User fees are charged in order to generate funds to maintain the equipment. Fees are charged on an hourly basis, and vary based on whether the technician operates the SEM for the user, or it is user-operated. There is a fee for training, after which the trained user is charged a lower rate. This training fee incorporates the hourly rate, plus a fee for technician time.

Internal Hourly Rates (persons within the University of Windsor Community)

Trained User (once trained by the technician): $45
With Operator (technician): $55
Training Session: $95
Elemental Maps: $50

External Academic Hourly Rates (persons outside the University of Windsor Community)

Trained User: $55
With Operator: $65
Training Session: $95
Elemental Maps: $50

Industrial User:  $85