Scientific Imaging Suite

Research Facility



Scientific Imaging Suite
Dalhousie University
Halifax
Nova Scotia (NS)

The SIS hosts and provides training and use of state-of-the-art electron microscopes and sample preparation related accessory equipment. The SIS also provides digital imaging, poster printing and photographing services.


Major equipment at the SIS available for use:
  • Transmission electron microscope (FEI Tecnai 12 TEM)
  • Scanning electron microscope (Zeiss 1455VP SEM)
  • Critical point dryer (Leica EM CPD300)
  • Sputter coater (Leica EM ACE200)
  • Ultramicrotome (Leica EM UC6 and ULTRACUT E)
  • High pressure freezing system (Leica EM PACT)
  • Freeze substitution and low temperature embedding system (Leica EM AFS)
  • Large format printer (Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8000S)

Keywords:

TEM, SEM, electron microscope, critical point dryer, sputter coater, printer, ultramicrotome


  • Biological and Life Sciences
  • Biotechnology

Contacts



Ping Li
pli@dal.ca
9024943309
Manager

Equipment



Transmission Electron Microscope
  • Charges a fee for use
  • Access by guest researcher allowed
  • Host technician(s) available
  • The TEM model is FEI Tecnai T12 (link)
  • The CCD camera on the TEM is 11 megapixel Gatan832, ORIUSSC 1000(link)
  • Accelerating voltage range of 20 to 120 kV.
  • Magnifications up to 300,000x.
  • Point-point resolution: 0.34 nm; Line resolution: 0.2 nm.
  • Specimen holders: single tilt; tilt-rotate.

Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Charges a fee for use
  • Access by guest researcher allowed
  • Host technician(s) available
  • The SEM model is Zeiss (LEO) 1455VP
  • Computer system: Windows 7
  • SEM Software: SmartSEM version 5.05
  • Accelerating voltage range of 200V to 30 kV.
  • Magnifications up to 60,000x.


  • Detectors:
    • Secondary electron detector
    • Backscattered detector
    • Variable pressure secondary electron detector
    • Image Output: 8-bit TIFF, up to 3072 x 2304 pixels
    • Large chamber capable of accommodating samples up to approximately 15x15x15cm.

Critical Point Dryer

Can dry biological specimens such as pollen, cell, tissue, plants, insects, as well as industrial samples for SEM analysis.


  • Charges a fee for use
  • Access by guest researcher allowed
  • Host technician(s) available

The CPD model is Leica EM CPD300 (link)


Sputter Coater

Produces homogenous and conductive metal (e.g. gold or gold palladium) coatings for nonconductive SEM samples

  • Charges a fee for use
  • Access by guest researcher allowed
  • Host technician(s) available

The Coater model is Leica EM ACE200 (link)


Large Format Printer

The SIS offers scientific poster printing for all customer needs. All in vibrant UV resistant color.

This service includes wide format printing up to 107cm (42 inches) wide on one side. Paper is on a role and can be as long as customer wants.

Offers a choice of 3 print medias:

  • Thin matte bond paper
  • Heavyweight matte paper
  • Glossy photo quality paper

Lamination is also offered through the SIS using a local company.

  • Charges a fee for use
  • Access by guest researcher allowed
  • Host technician(s) available
  • The model of the Large (Wide) Format Printer is Canon image PROGRAF iPF8000S (link)
  • Printer type: 8-Color 44-inch Printer
  • Print resolution: Up to 2,400 x 1,200 dpi

Date submitted: Fri, Jul 29, 2016 4:30 PM
Date updated: Tue, Aug 2, 2016 9:03 AM

2018-04-09T04:42:06+00:00