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MicroCT Now Available!


Microcomputed Tomography

GE Inspection Technologies v|tome|x s 240kV microfocus X-ray computed tomography system with additional 180kV HPNF submicron X-ray tube (nanoCT) and high-contrast digital flat panel detector

The new microCT system, now in operation, enables external and internal evaluation of intact objects, not otherwise possible without permanent damage. Like computed tomography (“CAT scanning”), microCT equipment acquires successive X-ray image slices of an object. Once the images are obtained, sophisticated software and a powerful computer workstation manipulate them to provide highly detailed information: digital 3D reconstruction, exterior and interior measurements, density analysis, defect inspection, and surface rendering for finite element analysis. This type of nondestructive testing has wide-ranging research and commercial applications; come by to see how this exciting new technology can contribute to your research.

NDSU was awarded a $482,807 grant (Award #1229417) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Biological Infrastructure for purchase of this versatile state-of-the-art X-ray inspection and computed tomography (microCT) system.  Principal Investigator for the Major Research Instrumentation grant (MRI) is Kendra Greenlee, assistant professor of Biological Sciences.  Co-principal investigators are Scott Payne, assistant director, and Jayma Moore, laboratory manager, of the Electron Microscopy Center.  The 2012 MRI award was the fourth in six years for the Electron Microscopy Center.

Transmission electron microscopy and Microanalysis

Scanning electron microscopy and Microanalysis

Sample Preparation Equipment

  • Dimple Grinder GATAN model 656
  • GATAN Precision Ion Polishing System
  • Ultrasonic Cutter GATAN Model 601
  • Disc Grinder GATAN Model 623
  • RMC MTXL Ultramicrotome
  • Cryoultramicrotome:  RMC Powertome XL with CR-X crysectioning system
  • 2 sputter coaters for metallic conductive coating of SEM samples
  • Carbon coater, high-vacuum, Cressington 208C Turbo
  • 2 critical-point driers
  • Precision saw, Buehler IsoMet 1000
  • Cross Section Polisher, JEOL IB09010CP

Light microscopy

  • CARV confocal scanning unit attached to Nikon Eclipse E600W fluorescence light microscope
  • Olympus and Leitz research-grade compound and stereo light microscopes
  • 3 rotary microtomes

-Digital imaging, storage, and retrieval capabilities

-Codonics NP-2660 photographic network printer

-Epson Stylus Photo 2200 color inkjet photographic printer

All of our electron microscopes are in climate-controlled rooms for your comfort and best microscope performance.


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NDSU Electron Microscopy Center

1307 N. 18th Street, Fargo, North Dakota

701.231.8435    ndsu.em.center@ndsu.edu

Last Updated: Friday, September 27, 2013 12:48:24 PM