School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Biological Imaging and Visualization Core Facility

The BIVC Facility consists of several key pieces of equipment located at Arizona State University’s West Campus.  These offer convenient access to researchers on the West campus and beyond, as well as to outside users located in the West Valley.   

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).

We have several smaller microscopes including atomic force and epifluorescence models, and we have the capacity for high-speed video data collection (up to 2000 Hz) with or without magnification.  We have a 3-D laser scanner for capturing digitally the three-dimensional external shape of of objects, as well as multiple 3-D printers.
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