Digital Microscopy Facility

Research Facility

Digital Microscopy Facility
Mount Allison University
New Brunswick (NB)

The Digital Microscope Facility contains infrastructure and equipment for multiple research fields.

  • Astronomy and Physics
  • Biological and Life Sciences
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Business
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Engineering - Agricultural, Forest, Environmental, Mining, Mineral
  • Engineering - Chemical, Nuclear, Other
  • Engineering - Civil, Structural
  • Engineering - Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical
  • Environmental and Earth Sciences
  • Geomatics and Geodesy
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Marine/Ocean Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Medical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Aerospace and Satellites
  • Agriculture, Animal Science and Food
  • Arts and Cultural Industries
  • Automotive
  • Chemical Industries
  • Clean Technology
  • Construction (including Building, Civil Engineering, Specialty Trades)
  • Consumer Durables
  • Consumer Non-Durables
  • Defense and Security Industries
  • Education
  • Energy (Renewable and Fossil)
  • Environmental Technologies and Related Services
  • Financial Services and Insurance
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Forestry and Forest-Based Industries
  • Health Care and Social Services
  • Information and Communication Technologies and Media
  • Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment
  • Management and Business Related Services
  • Manufacturing and Processing
  • Mining, Minerals and Metals
  • Ocean Industries
  • Policy and Governance
  • Professional and Technical Services (including Legal Services, Architecture, Engineering)
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

Research Facility

James Ehrman
Irena Kaczmarska

Industry Liaison Officer

David Bruce

Equipment 7 piece(s)

Scanning Electron Microscope

Magnification and Digital Image Acquisition

  • high vacuum and variable pressure modes (6 to 650 Pa)
  • 3.0 nm resolution
  • accelerating voltage from 0.3 to 30 kV
  • magnification from x5 to x300,000
  • secondary electron detectors for both high-vacuum and variable pressure
  • 5-segment solid-state backscatter electron detector with 3-D, compositional and topographic modes
  • live stereoscopic (3-D) imaging
  • 5-axis (4 motorized) eucentric goniometer stags for specimens up to 20 cm in diameter
  • digital image acquisition (up to 5120 x 3840 pixels) and storage in a variety of standard formats
  • direct-to-disk real-time video capture
  • infra-red chamber scope
  • a full range of image processing software

EDS System
AZtec Energy

Elemental Analysis and Chemical Characterization of samples

  • X-Max 20 large area analytical Silicon Drift Detector (SDD; 127 eV resolution) for detection of Boron and all heavier elements
  • Autocolumn
  • for control of SEM functions from
  • AZtec
  • console
  • software for qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative analyses
  • point and ID,
  • linscan
  • and mapping modes

Cold Process Plasma Sputtering System

To cover a specimen with a thin layer of conducting material in order to prevent charging

High Vacuum Evaporator
  • High vacuum carbon coating for TEM and X-ray analysis
  • Carbon support films
  • Carbon platinum replicas
  • Aperture cleaning
  • Rotary shadowing
  • Asbestos analysis
  • Resistance evaporation
  • Failure analysis
  • High purity
  • ultra thin
  • films

Critical Point Dryer

To safely dry specimens without distortion

Freeze Dryer

Drying small delicate specimines


Specimen preparation

Date submitted: Wed, Jul 25, 2018 10:47 AM
Date updated: Wed, Jul 25, 2018 10:47 AM

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