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February 2018

New Instruments and Capabilities at the Foundry

We are in the process of installing two new capabilities at NCEM, a FEI G4 FIB and an FEI image-corrected Themis TEM dedicated for in-situ work. The Themis instrument has a super-X detector and a fast gun valve enabling liquid cell work within an aberration-corrected TEM. We expect that these instruments will be available for use as soon as they meet specifications, and invite proposals for them during our spring proposal call. For more information about the FIB, contact John Turner, or for the TEM, contact Karen Bustillo

At the Imaging facility, after more than 30 years of service, the old PHI ESCA 5300, an X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy system for surface analysis, is now retired! Replacing it is the K-Alpha Plus, a fully automated XPS/UPS system from Thermo Fisher. The new system has been successfully commissioned and it is now available to Foundry users. For more information visit the Imaging facility's capabilities page, or contact Virginia Altoe

The Rigaku Miniflex 6G XRD is a benchtop X-ray diffraction system that can be used to determine phase identification, phase quantification, percent crystallinity, lattice parameter refinement, Rietveld refinement, crystallite size and strain for organic and inorganic crystalline materials. For more information visit the Organic facility's capabilities page, or contact Liana Klivansky