TEM Facility: News
On 01/2013: A high pressure freezer and a cryo-ultramicrotome have been purchased from Leica and installed in the TEM Lab of LCI Characterization Facility, and a freeze fracture will come soon. Hopefully, these new instruments will greatly enhance our specimen preparation ability of soft-matter materials.
On 11/13/2012 and 11/15/2012, demonstrations on the use of TEM, AFM and SEM of the LCI Characterization Facility were given for the class of "Environmental Mineralogy" taught by Prof. David Singer of the Department of Geology, Kent State University.
On 10/08/2012, two 3-hour hands-on training workshops on Electron Microscopy were given during the NSF site visit. 12 students attended the workshops.
(08/10/2012)Our first TEM-related paper on LIQUID CRYSTALS, "Direct observation of smectic layers in thermotropic liquid crystals" (authored by C. Zhang, M. Gao, N. Diorio, W. Weissflog, U. Baumeister, S. Sprunt, J.T. Gleeson,and A. Jákli*), has just been accepted by Physical Review Letters 109 (2012), 107802.
The Liquid Crystal Institute hosted the 2012 Winter Meeting of MSNO (Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio) on 02/22/2012. You can find the details of this meeting here.
Since 08/09/2011, we started to train CryoTEM self-users. In our first training group, we had 2 students, Volodymyr Borshch (LCI/CPIP of Kent State) and Zhun Zhou (Department of Chemistry of Ohio State).
On 07/28/2011, the first paper including TEM result performed at the TEM facility of LCI was published in Inorganic Chemistry by Prof. Songping Huang's group at Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry of Kent State.
Since 06/13/2011, we started to train self-users of the TEM facility. In our first training group, we had 3 students, Murthi Kandanapitiye (Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry of Kent State), Michal Marszewski (Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry of Kent State), and Young-Ki Kim (LCI/CPIP of Kent State).
Since 05/23/2011, we started to charge instrument fee and staff service fee at interim hourly rates listed in the "Policy" page. The first sample studied was from Prof. Peter Plaffy-Muhoray's group at LCI/CPIP of Kent State.
Since 12/22/2010 to 05/20/2011, the TEM facility had served the research community at free of charge for a total of 280 service hours. 165 samples from 9 KSU research groups were studied.
On 04/18/2011, a talk was given to summarize the status of the new TEM facility by Dr. Min Gao at the LCI Monday seminar, showing a very successful 4-month test run of the facility. You can find the talk here.
On 02/08/2011, the cryo TEM function was put into service. The first cryo-sample we studied was from Prof. Antal Jakli's group at LCI/CPIP of Kent State.
On 12/22/2010, the TEM facility at LCI of Kent State started to serve the nearby research community. The first sample we checked was from Prof. Mieteck Jaroniec's group at Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry of Kent State.