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A Closer Look

Last summer, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Chuck Taylor and his students traveled to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena to use NASA equipment for their research. This summer, Taylor and his students worked in the basement of Millikan Laboratory, where a new Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope was installed in the spring.

“The new Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM) is the same type of equipment used in state-of-the-art research labs across the country,” said Associate Professor of Physics David Tanenbaum who spearheaded efforts to bring the new instrument to campus. “One of the major motivating factors to get this equipment was student accessibility. It’s difficult and expensive for students to become proficient with this equipment when using equipment off-campus.”

Taylor and his students are using the FE-SEM to examine the microstructure of chemical sensors. “Being able to use this equipment in their research will better prepare students for graduate school, as well as careers in applied sciences,” said Tanenbaum.
The Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Physics departments, as well as the Keck Graduate Institute, contributed to the $250,000 purchase.

 

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