The University of Arizona

Who Can Access Our Services?

Researchers in the State of Arizona University system

Researchers in the Public and Private Sectors

  • Universities
  • Colleges
  • Institutes
  • Foundations
  • Businesses
  • etc.

How to Access Our Facilities

The University Spectroscopy and Imaging Facilities (USIF) are open to all faculty, staff and students who can make effective use of electron microscopy. Services are also open to other academic, government, non-profit and industrial entities. The USIF are dedicated to providing the equipment, knowledge and skills that are necessary to assist researchers in meeting their needs, from routine confirmatory procedures through state-of-the-art electron microscopy and spectroscopy. The USIF are equipped for scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS), Raman, cathodoluminescence (CL), photoluminescence (PL) coupled with SEM and X-ray diffraction. The equipment available for routine specimen preparation includes ultramicrotomes, vacuum evaporators, critical point driers, magnetron sputtering devices, and miscellaneous ancillary equipment. Equipment is also available for advanced techniques of specimen preparation and analysis, such as ultrarapid freezing and observation of frozen hydrated samples and freeze substitution.

Professional assistance is available for consultation, for service needs, for adaptation of techniques of others, and for developing or teaching new techniques. Individual users who are qualified and wish to prepare and analyze their own specimens and interpret the results are encouraged to do their own work. Use of the USIF is available to individuals who have received instruction by an USIF staff member and/or have demonstrated to the staff's satisfaction that they can operate the equipment safely and effectively. The staff is prepared to assist during difficulties. Alternatively, sample preparation and operation of the microscopes can be performed by the USIF staff as a service to the investigator. Follow this link for service fees. Anyone needing to use the USIF should contact us at or call 520-621-5097 to make an appointment for discussing research plans, procedures and costs. Stop in with the USIF REQUEST FORMS -- (Internal Clients, External Clients)


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Posted by Admin on December, 2010


University Spectroscopy and Imaging Facilities