National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM)
This facility features cutting-edge instrumentation, techniques and expertise required for exceptionally high-resolution imaging and analytical characterization of a broad array of materials.
NCEM was established in 1983 to maintain a forefront research center for electron-optical characterization of materials with state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise. Having merged with the Molecular Foundry in 2014, the facility continues to conduct fundamental research relating microstructural and microchemical characteristics to materials properties and processing parameters; develops advanced electron microscopy techniques, computer algorithms and instrumentation; and helps educate future scientists in the theory and application of electron optical microcharacterization.
NCEM’s focus and major impact is in the following areas of research:
- Defects and deformation
- Mechanisms and kinetics of phase transformations in materials
- Nanostructured materials
- Surfaces, interfaces and thin films
- Microelectronics materials and devices