The ESEM is back online.
All equipment status updates.
Just letting you know I put the TEM grids back in my office (MM622).
If are in need of TEM grids let me know.
Those are the ones we currently have available:
- Continuum C-film on copper
- Continuum C-film in nickel
- Lacey C-film on copper
- Silicon oxide Film on copper
- Formvar Carbon single
- Formvar supported lacey C-film on copper
- Quantifoil C-film on copper
- Graphene supported Lacey C-film on copper
September 13, 2023
I’m pleased to report that the ESEM repairs will be completed today and the instrument is available as soon as tomorrow morning.
September 8, 2023
Unfortunately, the power supply did not fix this issue. I’ve done as much remote troubleshooting as possible. We will have a service technician on campus next week to look into the issue.
If anyone has any urgent samples, please contact me and we can make other arrangements.
September 7, 2023
Just a quick update. It looks like the filament is not the issue. I have been working with SEMTech to diagnose the problem. They are overnighting me a power supply. We are going to replace it tomorrow. I will have an update at that point.
I know many of you are eager to get back on the instrument. I thank you for your patience.
September 6, 2023
The ESEM is down due to an issue with the filament. We are working on this and hope to have the issue resolved by tomorrow.
The upgrades on the ESEM will be extending into next week. If anyone has set up an appointment with us for training I will contact you individually to reschedule those.
Just a reminder, a brief training will be required before you can operate the instrument without supervision.
If you are ever going to need TEM grids while I’m on vacation (Aug 2-30), please take the TEM grids in the glass desiccator at the MM631.
Please, make sure you follow the TEM Grid Instructions.
The FESEM is available for imaging, but the EDS system is not currently working.
I’ll be out of town August 2-30 and Joshua King is looking after the STEM while I’m gone.
Please, make sure you double check Joshua King’s schedule and invite him when you reserve time at the STEM so he can assist you during the STEM sessions.
STEM training sessions will resume In September.
If you need TEM grids please let Elizabeth Miller knows.
The AFM is available for use.
Dear ACMAL Users,
I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to inform you that I will be out of town from July 20th – July 31st. Erico will also be out of the office for the Microscopy Conference (July 24-28th).
During this period, if you encounter any issues or have any questions, please reach out to the following contacts:
- For X-ray Facility questions, please contact
- For Electron Optics Facility questions or sample preparation, please contact
- For Scanning Probe Microscopy (AFM) & Surface Analysis (XPS) Facilities questions, please reach out to
- Dr. Timothy Leftwich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For Confocal Imaging Facility questions, please contact
- In case of an emergency, call public safety by dialing 911.
These individuals, as experts in their respective areas, will be able to assist you promptly. However, please note that for general inquiries or matters not specific to a particular area, it is best to contact me upon my return.
I have complete confidence in the ACMAL team’s abilities to handle any issues that may arise during my absence. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. I will be sure to get back to you promptly upon my return on July 31st.
Wishing you all continued success with your research.
I’m happy to report the FESEM is back online. The repairs were completed this morning and the instrument can be reserved as soon as this afternoon.