Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory at NCRC

The construction of the new Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory facilities in Building 22 has advanced rapidly, with occupation of the space beginning last December. The first instrument to be installed has a spatial resolution of the order of 60 picometers and is capable of detecting single atoms in materials. The JEOL 3100R05, built and tested at JEOL’s factory demonstration and certification laboratories in Akishima, Japan, is a dual Cs-corrected cold field emission gun transmission and scanning transmission electron microscope.

More than 600 researchers from a variety of disciplines use EMAL to precisely characterize the structure and chemical composition of materials at the nanoscale, and the lab is currently visited by 120 users per week at its location in the Space Research Building on the U-M North Campus.

The new location’s field and vibration characteristics are far superior to those at the current facility, which is 25 years old. John Mansfield, who manages the North Campus EMAL, says, “The EMAL staff and I are excited by the move to NCRC, the new space promising to provide much-needed space to comfortably house our state-of-the-art equipment in a much-improved low vibration and low field environment.”

The move also puts EMAL just around the corner from the Medical School Microscopy and Image Analysis Lab (MIL), encouraging researchers at the two facilities to collaborate and share advanced equipment.

“The Medical School has had a longstanding relationship with the College of Engineering, and we are excited to partner again with them for the EMAL’s move to NCRC,” said Steven L. Kunkel, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Endowed Professor in Pathology Research. “This is another example of how we are able to come together to solve problems and provide resources to both schools, as well as the research community at large.”