Category: Electron Optics Facility News

Tescan FIB-SEM and STEM Lunch and Learn April 18

Instrumentation with bench and computers.

You’re invited to join us for a special Lunch and Learn event sponsored by Tescan.

Advancements in FIB-SEM and STEM Technologies with Tescan

Explore the latest developments in Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy (FIB-SEM) and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) technologies. Learn about their application for multiscale and multimodal chemical imaging of materials, including batteries and semiconductors.

Topic: Advancements in FIB-SEM and STEM Technologies for high throughput, multimodal characterization of materials
Date and Time: Thursday, April 18th, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: M&M 610
Lunch Provided: Enjoy lunch while learning about cutting-edge microscopy technologies.

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Additionally, they will briefly introduce the Tescan Collaboration Network (TCN), offering opportunities for collaborative research and instrument sharing across universities.

We look forward to your participation in this informative session!

Welcome Isabella Jaszczak – New Research Engineer at ACMAL

Group of three people accepting an award from a presenter.
Isabella Wakeham Jaszczak, second from left, was among the recipients of a research project award from the ASM Foundation in 2022.

ACMAL is pleased to welcome Isabella Jaszczak as new Research Engineer to our team.

Isabella graduated with a master’s degree in Material Science and Engineering (MSE) from Michigan Tech in 2023. Her research utilized EBSD and STEM imaging to quantify microstructural changes in high-strength, low-alloy steels. Shortly after earning her graduate degree, she was hired as a research engineer for the MSE department, specifically working with the Institute of Materials Processing, the ARC Research Group, and ACMAL’s electron microscopy facility. She is here to help you with sample preparation, SEM analysis, STEM imaging, or instrument training.

Outside of work, Isabella is a HuskyFit instructor at the SDC and enjoys creating pottery as a member of the Copper Country Community Arts Center’s Clay Co-op. McClain State Park is her favorite place to be in the Copper Country

ThermoFisher XPS Brunch and Learn April 25

Operator sitting by a computer next to a scientific instrument.

ACMAL is please to extend an invitation to the MTU research community for a Brunch and Learn session with ThermoFisher on April 25, 2024, 9–11 a.m.

Learn how X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) can be used to investigate cutting-edge materials via surface chemistry and the elemental as well as electronic state of atoms.

Why you should attend:

  • Expand your understanding of XPS for materials analysis.
  • Speak directly with experts about today’s instrumentation and how it can work for you.

Date: April 25
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Location: M&M 610

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Keyence VHX & LHX Lunch and Learn March 20, 2024

Detail from a Keyence microscope illustration.

I am pleased to extend an invitation to you for a Lunch and Learn session with Keyence on March 20th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Keyence is a leading provider of digital microscopes, and this session will provide valuable insights into their cutting-edge technologies and products. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in the field and discover how Keyence’s solutions can benefit your research.

The event will include presentations, demonstrations, and interactive discussions, followed by a complimentary lunch.

Date: March 20th
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: M&M 610

Please RSVP by March 15 using the RSVP FORM to confirm your attendance. Feel free to share this opportunity with any colleagues or members of your research group who may be interested. We look forward to having you join us for this informative session.



Elizabeth Miller

Protochips Events on September 22, 2023

Jennifer McConnell
Jennifer McConnell


Using Machine Vision to Drive Nanoscale Discoveries That Solve Real-World Problems

Jennifer McConnell

Senior Manager of Marketing & Product Management, Protochips

1 p.m. in ChemSci 102, Zoom available.

Lunch and Learn—In situ TEM

Minerals and Materials 607

Session 1 Corrosion: 11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.

Corrosion is a $2.6 trillion dollar problem that accounts for 3.4% of the global GDP, therefore it is well understood that testing and developing better materials to increase the durability of infrastructure such as bridges and ships could save $375-$875 billion annually. To develop resistant materials and corrosion-effective mitigation strategies, a deeper understanding of materials used, and the corrosion processes must first be elucidated.

Using the in-situ TEM systems from Protochips such as the Atmosphere AX (gas cell) and Poseidon AX (liquid cell), researchers can directly observe corrosion processes such as initiation and progression at the nanoscale in real time and under relevant conditions. By introducing corrosive environments while simultaneously monitoring material responses, valuable insights into the kinetics of corrosion reactions can be observed at the nanoscale.

Session 2 Catalysis: 12:15–1 p.m.

To combat climate change and the release of harmful chemicals in the environment, highly efficient catalysts must be developed. Using Atmosphere AX, the in-situ gas cell system from Protochips, researchers can investigate the morphology and atomic structure of catalyst materials, including nanoparticles, nanowires, and other nanostructures to develop more stable and sustainable catalytic systems. Moreover, in-situ TEM allows researchers to perform nanostructure characterization of catalyst-substrate interactions at high spatial resolutions to better understand catalytic processes including formation and evolution of reaction intermediates, surface restructuring, and catalyst deactivation in real time and under relevant catalytic conditions.

Register to attend once per session.

ESEM Upgrade to SEMTech 8000

Instrument Offline from 8/1 to 8/18

SEMView8000 Operator Console

I am writing to inform you about an exciting upgrade to our Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM) system. ACMAL has received funding to upgrade the ESEM with the SEMView8000. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Vice President for Research Office, the Institute for Materials Processing, the Materials Science and Engineering Department, and the MSE Senior Design team for making this upgrade possible.

The instrument will be temporarily offline from August 1 to August 18 to facilitate the installation of the SEMTech 8000 upgrade. During the upgrade period, the ESEM system will be inaccessible, and no reservations or usage will be possible. We kindly request that you plan your projects accordingly and make alternative arrangements for your imaging and analysis requirements during this period.

To ensure a smooth transition and help you familiarize yourself with the upgraded system, we will be offering training sessions for all ESEM users. These training sessions are mandatory for anyone intending to use the SEMTech 8000. The sessions will be conducted starting from August 19, once the upgrade is complete.

To schedule your training session, please sign up for training. You will be directed to our self-scheduling calendar, where you can choose a time slot that suits you best. Appointments are available starting August 19. Due to limited availability, we recommend scheduling your session at your earliest convenience.

We understand that this temporary unavailability and the training requirement may cause some inconvenience, and we apologize for any disruption it may cause to your work. However, we believe that the benefits of the SEMTech 8000 upgrade and the subsequent training will be instrumental in advancing our research capabilities.

If you have any urgent projects or time-sensitive samples requiring ESEM imaging during the upgrade period, please let us know as soon as possible. We will do our best to accommodate your needs either before or after the downtime.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this upgrade process. The improved capabilities of the SEMTech 8000, along with the training sessions, will undoubtedly enhance our research capabilities and contribute to the success of our projects.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the ESEM upgrade, the training sessions, or their impact on your work, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly. I am here to address any inquiries or provide additional information.


Upgrades for ACMAL’s Environmental Scanning Microscope

ACMAL Welcomes EOF Lab Assistant Devon Miner

We would like to officially welcome our new lab assistant Devon Miner. Devon is an undergraduate in the Physics department and is planning on going to graduate school to study how to apply physics to nanotechnology. He enjoys outdoor activities throughout the entire year with some of his personal favorites being hiking and skiing. You can contact Devon if you need assistance with sample preparation or coating.

Devon Miner