University upgrades STEM tools

GW’s research funding has grown by 80 percent in the past decade and the university opened a Science and Engineering Hall on March 4, 2015.

They selected the suite of light and electron microscopes from FEI because they provide the ease-of-use and workflows needed for a multidisciplinary microscopy suite. GW’s objective is to provide an environment that cross-pollinates research disciplines, enhances collaboration and streamlines equipment budgets.

“Historically, GW has operated like most universities do; they conduct research by department, in separate laboratories, with individual budgets. GW is changing the dynamic of how they do research by combining STEM fields in one facility, where the researchers and students will share instrumentation and work together more closely,” said Thomas Russo, assistant vice president, Industry and Corporate Research.

Each instrument offers a unique capability:

— Talos TEM provides atomic-scale image resolution, combined with high-throughput chemical mapping and tomography, all in an easy-to-use integrated package for a multi-disciplinary lab;
— Helios NanoLab DualBeam offers three-dimensional imaging using automated serial sectioning by focused ion beam (FIB); TEM sample preparation from bulk samples; and circuit edit capabilities;
— Teneo is a highly-versatile, high-resolution (SEM) that offers multiple, simultaneous detection modes and high-contrast imaging on a wide variety of samples from steels to insulators;
— CorrSight is an advanced, inverted fluorescent-light microscope workflow solution specifically-designed for live-cell imaging and sample preparation for electron microscopy (EM). CorrSight is able to image samples with visible light and identify features or events of interest, then prepare and transfer those samples to EM, including the transfer of target locations, a technique known as correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM).

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione

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