Home > Microscopes


The Nanocharacterization Laboratory at Lehigh contains the largest electron microscopy laboratory in the U.S., with a suite of 13 scanning, transmission and scanning / transmission instruments. These are well suited for characterizing nanoscale structures and chemistry via an unparalleled range of imaging and analytical methods.

Infrastructure and Support. The Electron Microscopy facility has excellent supporting services to keep the instruments at peak performance and to optimize their use. There are complete specimen preparation facilities including a Gatan PIP's, a plasma cleaner, chemical jet polishers, dimplers, wire saws, diamond cutting wheels and a comprehensive metallographic suite. In addition, there are dark rooms, facilities for digital image acquisition and manipulation, off-line computers for data analysis, and extensive microscopy-related software. Modifications to the instruments can be developed with the aid of a machine shop which is nearby.

The Nanocharacterization Laboratory houses the world's highest resolution X-ray analytical microscope - a unique instrument custom designed for nanoscale analysis and imaging. The center also recently acquired a versatile Focused Ion Beam (FIB) instrument for nanomachining.

Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopes
Vacuum Generators HB 603
Vacuum Generators HB 501

Transmission Electron Microscopes
Philips 420T EM

Scanning Electron Microscopes
Hitachi 4300SE/N
Electroscan 2020
JEOL 733
FEI 535

Focused Ion Beam Equipment
FEI Strata DB 235

Surface Science Equipment
Scienta ESCA-300




The annual Lehigh Microscopy School utilizes many of these instruments and is the largest and longest running course on electron microscopy and analysis. The school now includes the only U.S. course on the "Characterization of Nanostructures". This course is an integrated overview of the different classes of nanostructured materials (quantum structures and devices, nanotubes, nanowires, multilayer, self-assembled materials). It also describes the electron optical tools and techniques currently available to analyze nanomaterial morphology, structure and chemistry.

© 2003 Lehigh University
Website Design by Mainline Media