University of Leicester is to open a new Advanced
Microscopy Centre on 10th May at 4pm, which will
enhance research in the Faculty of Science, particularly
in the nano and micro scale characterisation of materials.
The Centre will be opened by the Vice-Chancellor
of the University, Professor Robert Burgess,
in the presence of members of the University
Department of Engineering and colleagues
Centre obtained £1.48M of funding from
the Higher Education Funding Council for England
for four, state of the art instruments, which are
located in the Faculty of Science. Alongside these
instruments there are comprehensive specimen preparation
The instruments in the Advanced Microscopy Centre
include a Field Emission Gun Scanning Electron Microscope;
a Transmission Electron Microscope; an Ultra-High
Vacuum Scanning Tunnelling Microscope; and a Scanning
This investment in new facilities for the Leicester's
Faculty of Science has already led to significant
success in terms of attracting funding for projects
from the EC, EPSRC and collaborations with industry.
Dr Sarah Hainsworth, of the University's Department
of Engineering, commented: "This is a superb
new facility which is a key resource for researchers
in the Faculty of Science. It is enabling us to
pursue research and collaborations in areas which
have not previously been possible. The Advanced
Microscopy Centre is vitally important in providing
researchers with the tools they need for innovative
research into materials at nanometer scales."
A project that has already benefited from the new
equipment is in studying how microstructure changes
as a function of stress and temperature for guiding
development of new steel alloys for powerplant operation
at higher temperatures which ultimately leads to
lower emissions of greenhouse gases.
Other research to take advantage of the new Centre
includes work in collaboration with the University's
Medical School to look at the fundamentals of how
nanoscale particles might be used for drug delivery.
A fuller explanation of research projects that
are using the Advanced Microscopy Centre, can be
seen on the following website: http://ebulletin.le.ac.uk/
* The Advanced Microscopy Centre is available for
use to Industry at competitive rates. Anyone who
is interested in further information should contact
the director of the Centre, Dr Sarah Hainsworth,
Department of Engineering, University of Leicester,
Leicester, LE1 7RH, Tel: 0116 252 2547, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The four instruments in the University of Leicester
Advanced Microscopy Centre are:
* A Field Emission Gun Scanning Electron Microscope
(FEGSEM) equipped with X-ray Microanalysis and Electron
Backscattered Diffraction Facilities for high resolution
imaging of materials. The Sirion has an in-lens detection
system that allows ultra-high resolution imaging
in both secondary and back-scattered modes at voltages
down to 500V. The EBSD system provides information
on the grain orientation within samples and allows
the influence of texture on mechanical properties
to be determined.
* A Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) with
X-ray Microanalysis and scanning transmission electron
microscopy detectors. The transmission electron microscope
allows information on the morphology, composition,
crystallography of materials to be obtained at high
* An Ultra-High Vacuum Scanning Tunnelling Microscope
(UHV-STM). The UHV-STM is capable of obtaining atomic
resolution images of a surface and by operating at
cyrogenic temperatures and applying magnetic fields
the magnetic behaviour of materials can be studied.
* A Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM). The SPM works
by scanning a tip across a sample surface and measuring
the forces between the tip and surface. The technique
allows the topography of samples to be determined
at near atomic resolution. Additionally, tip-sample
interactions can be influenced by the mechanical,
electrical and magnetic properties of materials allowing
insights into the nanoscale behaviour of materials.
For more information please contact Dr Sarah Hainsworth,
Department of Engineering, University of Leicester,
tel: 0116 252 2547, email: email@example.com
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