The University of Arizona

Newsletter 200804

Greetings to Electron Microscopy Users!

We would like to introduce the new University Spectroscopy and Imaging Facilities (USIF). Thank you to all of those who were able to attend our open house on April 19th. For those of you who missed the open house, we extend an invitation to you to visit our new facilities. The USIF is a merger of the Biotechnology Imaging Facility, Arizona Research Laboratory (ARL) and the Electron Microscopy Facilities for Materials Research, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). We are located in room 101, in the basement of the Marley building, centrally located on the main UA campus. The facilities house a total of five electron microscopes, including state-of-the-art Variable Pressure SEM with EDS and Raman/CL/PL spectrometer, ultra high resolution cold field-emission SEM/EDS with STEM capabilities, a biological TEM, and a high-resolution TEM/EDS. Sample preparation equipment for both biological and physical science samples are available, as well as X-ray Diffraction (XRD). The USIF is directed and managed by skillful professionals with over 100 years of combined experience (and we even have some young-guns for those of you who do not wish to work with the crusty curmudgeons). Our goal is to provide first-rate service to the University of Arizona research community as well as serve as exemplary models for education and outreach activities.

Future Prospects:

The new USIF facility will not only serve the University's current needs more efficiently, but will also provide a nucleus around which to build. We are currently working with various researchers on campus toward acquiring a Focused Ion Beam (FIB) instrument with electron beam capabilities, a dedicated Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM), and replacing our existing high-resolution TEM. We encourage all users to be a part of this building process by letting us know your needs, and by helping us in pursuing funding. Two ways to help: contact one of the USIF staff if you know of possible sources for funding or have specific ideas on funding of major instrumentation, and discuss your research needs and funding resources with the USIF users committee.

We are also in the process of becoming paper free with access forms, scheduling information, and even your images/spectra available through the web site. Please be patient with us while these new capabilities are under construction. Interested in a live demo in your classroom? We also have live-collaboration available for the two newer SEMs.

Finding Additional Information:

You can find information about our services, resources, rates, and more at our web site. Visit

Prof. Supapan Seraphin, Director


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Posted by Admin on December, 2010

***USIF Offers Custom SEM Training*** We now offer the SEM Short Course on a one-to-one basis. To inquire, email Steven Hernandez.


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