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Center for Microanalysis and Imaging Research and Training

Support Equipment

Contact Center for Microanalysis and Imaging Research and Training  

Center for Microanalysis and Imaging Research and Training

24 Schmucker Science Center South
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

Dr. Samantha Shumlas
Technical Director
Phone: 610-436-3596

Prof. Kurt W. Kolasinski
Chair of Users Group
Phone: 610-436-2968

Support Equipment

Denton BTT-IV Vacuum Coater (Carbon and metal evaporation)

This instrument has the capability to provide a vacuum environment (to 10–8 torr) for evaporation of carbon and/or metals (such as Au or Pt) for both conductive coatings of specimens or the production of metal shadow replicas of extremely small specimens or specimen surfaces. It also has the capacity to plasma clean surfaces of contaminants that interfere with wetability.

Leica UCT Ultramicrotome

This ultramicrotome is a precision device whose purpose is to cut ultrathin sections of materials at thicknesses from around 40 to 1000 nm (1 µm). Knives prepared from glass, sapphire or diamond are commonly used for this purpose. There are six Diamond knives of various widths available for ultrathin sectioning.

Tousimis AutoSamDri 815 Critical Point Dryer

This device is designed to substitute supercritical carbon dioxide at low temperature for acetone or alcohol so that drying of the specimen can be accomplished at higher temperature and pressure via the rapid phase transition of the supercritical CO2 to gas. This process is used for dehydrating or drying any specimen, e.g. biological samples or nanostructures, whose microstructure can be altered or destroyed during normal evaporative drying of water or other liquids.