E&ES SEM Facility (Devlin Hall 316-B)

Devlin Hall 316 (my office and research lab) was recently renovated to house our new Tescan Vega 3 LMU variable pressure (VP) scanning electron microscope equipped with a LaB6 source and a variety of analytical detectors including: secondary electron (SE), backscattered electron (BSE), cathodoluminescence, and VP-SE.


Our SEM is also equipped with an Oxford Instruments X-MaxN 50 mm2 silicon drift x-ray detector and an Oxford Instruments NordlysMax2 electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) detector for rapid characterization of mineral compositions and crystallographic orientations.


Supporting instrumentation for the SEM lab includes: (1) an EMS 150 TE Carbon-coater with a turbomolecular pump, capable of producing very thin (and reproducible) conductive coatings used in imaging, EDS, and EBSD analyses; (2) a Struers LabPol-5 polisher for making polished grain mounts of accessory minerals for cathodoluminescence imaging; (3) a Buehler Vibromet2 polisher for preparing samples for EBSD analyses; and (4) a range of optical microscopy tools for characterization of samples.

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  • Picture Set 2: The SEM Lab up and running! (April 13th, 2013)

    After much planning, and with the continued efforts of the amazing staff at BC who made my lab renovations possible (see previous post), we were able to accept delivery of our Tescan Vega 3 scanning electron microscope in early March, and on time. I am exceedingly impressed with the service and support that we received from Tescan USA, which allowed us to get up and running on the SEM within a single day!!!


    Consequently, Oxford Instruments was able to quickly follow suit with the installation of our EBSD and EDS systems, making it possible to be generating new data faster than I was anticipating. Since then the SEM has been under heavy use by members of my research group, and by collaborators from other universities. Zach Michels (pictured), a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying ultramafic rocks in the Seiad complex (northern California), has already reaped many of the unique benefits for microstructural and textural analysis affording by our SEM system.


    • For additional information, photos, and supporting instrumentation please see the SEM Laboratory page.


    Click on any of the images below to begin a slide show of the SEM installation.

  • Picture Set 1: Lab renovations are complete! (March 3rd, 2013)

    Things have come quite a long way in Devlin 316 since the summer of 2012 when I began visiting various SEM vendors for product demos, measuring my existing laboratory space and mocking up layouts for the renovations, and working through the fall term with all of the wonderful people here at Capital Projects, who worked throughout the process to accommodate all the changes necessary for my new SEM Lab.


    Below I have compiled a number of images reflecting the trip we've taken to get to this point. In addition to everyone in Capital Projects, I have to express my sincere thanks to all of the guys in John Page's construction crew whose craftsmanship was of the highest caliber and resulted in what is frequently referred to as "the nicest SEM lab I've ever been in" by many of the visitors to the lab. That is an endorsement I whole-heartedly agree with!!!


    Click on any of the images below to begin a slide show of the lab renovations.