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NEW! CCEM User Stories

Have you wondered how the work completed at the CCEM is used to solve everyday world-wide problems?

Take a look at our various user stories for a better understanding of how electron microscopy can be used to answer pressing questions concerning the environment, energy, our personal longevity, and more!

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Public Lecture: Chemical origins of our solar system and ancient stars as viewed through atomic-scale studies of planetary materials

Speaker: Professor Thomas Zega, University of Arizona
Date: May 30, 2019  Time: 1:30 PM  Location: BSB 147

Thomas Zega is Associate Professor in the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Arizona. He is the Scientific Director of the Kuiper Materials Imaging and Characterization Facility at the University of Arizona and the PI of the planetary-materials research group that examines those pieces of condensed matter that were leftover from the time that our solar system formed over 4.5 billion years ago. His current research efforts are focused on: the origin of the presolar grains, nm to μm-sized dust particles that formed inside of ancient stars but preserved inside of primitive meteorites; the structure and crystal chemistry of 4.6-billion-year-old refractory inclusions in meteorites that are the first solar-system solids; the functional chemistry and preservation state of primitive pre-biotic organic compounds that formed in the early solar system and interstellar space; and the development of analytical techniques for investigations of such materials. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, he was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow and later staff scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC, where his work focused on using electron microscopy to investigate spintronic materials, catalysts, photovoltaic materials, and the origins of planetary materials.

For more information, see the seminar flyer.

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Featured Paper

Multi-Angle Plasma Focused Ion Beam (FIB) Curtaining Artifact Correction Using a Fourier-Based Linear Optimization Model


Christopher W. Schankula, Christopher K. Anand and Nabil D. Bassim*
*corresponding author:

Microscopy and Microanalysis 2018, 24, 657-666

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Featured Paper

Improved hole injection for blue phosphorescent organic light emitting diodes using solution deposited tin oxide nano-particles decorated ITO anodes

Seung Il Lee1, Geum Jae Yun1, Jin Wook Kim3, Gregory Hanta2, Kunyu Liang2, Lazar Kojvic2, Lok Shu Hui2, Ayse Turak2* & Woo Young Kim1,2

1Department of Electronic Display Engineering, Hoseo University, Asan, 31499, South Korea
2Department of Engineering Physics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4L7, Canada

3Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, China

*Corresponding Author:

Scientific Reports, 2019, 9:2411.

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Featured Paper

Electron beam damage of epoxy resin films studied by scanning transmission X-ray spectromicroscopy

Weiwei Zhang, Lis G. de A. Melo, Adam P. Hitchcock, Nabil Bassim

corresponding author:

Micron 2019,  120, 74-79



To have your paper featured, please submit all papers containing CCEM obtained data and analysis to Nano LIMS

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Annual CCEM Art Gallery Competition

The CCEM will be holding its second annual image competition to fill our art gallery! The images can be black and white or have false colouring added; it is up to your artistic discretion.

-Please send images in tiff format to with the following file extension “firstname_lastname_art”. In the email indicate:

  1. your affiliation
  2. the name of your art piece
  3. the material imaged
  4. the name of the microscope operator (if applicable)

-Only one image can be submitted per user! Image may not have been submitted in previous competition.
-The images must be acquired at the CCEM
-The submitted images should be 11.75 inches x 11.75 inches (width x height)

Deadline: April 26, 2019

Selection Process:
A vote will then be had by all CCEM users to select the top six images that will be featured in the art gallery.

Finalists will be featured at the CCEM User meeting (registration to open soon) and in the CCEM art gallery for the 2019 season!

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New CCEM Grants Available!

The CCEM is excited to announce our new grant program that provides in-kind service.  A competition will be held every three months for individuals who have not used the CCEM in the last two years and show financial need. The grant can only be won once.  A judging panel will select the winner based on the submitted proposal and its potential to result in new publications. Applications can be submitted on Nanolims. Instructions for creating a Nanolims account can be found in the FAQ.

Submission Guideline:
The submission form is available on NanoLIMS and an account is necessary to submit.

Proposal Outline
Your proposal should include the following:

  • Explain the project objective
  • How can the CCEM be useful?
  • How much time is required to complete the project?
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Special Seminar: In-situ Transmission Electron Microscopy on Monatomic Metallic Glasses Processing and Deformation Mechanism

Speaker: Scott X. Mao, Department of Mechanical and Materials Science, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time: 10 AM
Location: BSB B154

Professor Scott X. Mao is the William Kepler Whiteford Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Pittsburgh. He obtained his Ph.D in Tohuku University in 1988, and he worked at MIT and Harvard University as a post-doctor and visiting faculty. He was chair of the mechanical behavior of materials committee in TMS/ASM and has received a number of research excellence awards from TMS and the Chancellor Award. Dr. Mao has published over 200 papers and given over one hundred invited talks in the areas of (1) monatomic metallic glass formation from pure metals through in situ ultrafast liquid quenching under TEM; (2) deformation/twinning, phase transformation processes under the in situ TEM; (3) in situ TEM on grain boundary mediated plasticity on nanocrystalline materials; (4) in situ electrochemical lithiation process in lithium-ion batteries including Nature, Science, Nature Materials. The total citation of Dr. Mao’s papers is 12,000 with H-index of 54. Currently he is editor of Advance in Metallurgical and Material Engineering, associate editor for Advances in Materials Research, guest editor for Material Science & Engineering International Journal.

For more information, see the seminar flyer.

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Special Seminar: Aberration-corrected STEM and ultra-high energy resolution EELS

The CCEM would like to welcome Dr. Ondrej L. Krivanek on Monday, February 11, 2019 to give a special seminar.

Speaker: Dr. Ondrej L. Krivanek, FRS, is co-founder and president of Nion Co, and Affiliate Professor at Arizona State U
Date: Monday, February 11, 2019
Time: 11 AM
Location: JHE H324

Dr. Krivanek has a Ph.D. from Cambridge U., and he is well known for developing new instruments for electron microscopy including parallel detection EEL spectrometers, imaging filters, CCD cameras, the first working STEM aberration corrector, and whole electron microscope columns, and applying the new instrumentation to important materials problems.

For more information, see the seminar flyer.