Rare electron microscope dedicated
By Greg Johnston
A scanning electron microscope, which will allow researchers at UNM and at other state universities to study nanomaterials at unprecedented resolution, was recently dedicated at the UNM School of Engineering.
According to Abhaya Datye, director of the Center for Micro-Engineered Materials and UNM professor of chemical and nuclear engineering, the Hitachi S-5200 is the highest resolution scanning electron microscope available today.
Datye says that UNM is the first U.S. university to have the $800,000 microscope, which is able to view materials at a dimension of 0.5 nanometers. A nanometer is a millionth of a millimeter. The UNM laboratory where the microscope is housed is part of a nanotechnology initiative to enhance the infrastructure in New Mexico.
The new instrument allows scientists and researchers to look at the surface of complex materials to understand their structure.
It also enables users to design novel materials on a nanoscale and to tailor their properties for superior performance.
Purchase of the microscope was made possible through a National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) project grant and other external funding.