Biological Imaging and Visualization Core Facility
We operate a ‘benchtop’ Vega 3 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) by Tescan, equipped with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) analysis capabilities. This is useful for visualization of the ultrastructure of physical and biological materials, as well as for elemental analysis of primary elements and forensic trace elements. Our SEM is comparable to, or exceeds, that used in most crime labs and can be leveraged, in particular, for collaborative endeavors in Forensic Science.
We also house an X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) Spectrometer useful for capturing and analyzing smaller elements not easily detected by EDS. We have a suite of additional tools for Mass Spectrometry for determining the composition of samples/materials, including Gas Chromatography (GC-MS), Liquid Chromatography (LC-MS), and Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time-of-Flight (MALDI-TOF MS).