Engineering Core Facility

ECF

Mission

The goal of the Engineering Core Facility (ECF) is to support investigators in pursuit of their studies to answer specific research questions. This facility is equipped with Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Atomic force microscope (AFM) and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA). ECF provides advice, technical services, training and use of facilities to investigators. ECF is available to all University of South Alabama personnel, as well as outside institutions and industrial users. A full time Lab Instructor is available for consultation. The facility is supported, in part, by user fees to cover supplies, instrument time and the technologist's time to carry out any part of the project. A fee schedule is available on request.

Available Resources

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Key Features:

  • High resolution versatile tool for material and life science applications    
  • Flexible high tension     
  • Single and multigrid specimen holders    
  • Elemental identification and mapping (EDXS and EELS)    
  • 2D and 3D imaging at both ambient and cryogenic conditions, bright-field, dark-field STEM  imaging, electron diffraction and detailed microanalysis

TEM

Key Features:
  • Highly modular microscope and scanner that provides atomic-resolution with 3D- information   
  • Open- and closed-loop scanners offer outstanding linearity, accuracy, versatility, and ease of use    
  • Superior scanning in fluids, gases, or ambient conditions
  • Easy sample access with top-down scanning
  • Optional Integrated environmental and temperature control
  • Equipped with Kelvin Force Microscopy (KFM) imaging mode  for mapping surface potential distribution at the nanoscale  

AFM


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