Labs and Facilities

Transmission Electron Microscopy


JEOL JEM-2100 LaB6 Transmission Electron Microscope with digital imaging, elemental X-ray microanalysis (XEDS), electron energy loss spectrometry (EELS), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), dark-filed imaging, and micro-beam electron diffraction capabilities.

Scanning Electron Microscopy


Zeiss Supra35 variable pressure SEM with a field emission source, and EDAX X-ray fluorescence detector, and an HKL electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) detector.

Scanning Probe Microscopy


Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) laboratory with a Digital Instruments NanoScope MultiMode scanning probe microscope with STM and AFM (tapping mode, Phase Imaging, MFM, etc.).

X-Ray Diffraction


X-ray diffraction laboratories (two) with a Scintag Pad X powder diffractometer and a complete suite of single-crystal X-ray cameras (Gandolfi and Procession cameras with dedicated generator), and a Bruker APEX single crystal diffractometer with a 4K CCD detector.

Mineral Synthesis Laboratory


The lab is equipped with facilities for the synthesis of ambient to high temperature and ambient to moderate pressure minerals; equipment includes five programmable ovens (ambient to 300 C) and furnaces (ambients to 1400 C), numerous Teflon-line Parr bombs, and sample preparation equipment.  We have also built a chemostat for constant addition (steady state) aqueous crystal growth experiments.

HPLC and DCP Chemical Analysis

We have 4 wet chemical laboratories which house instruments including a Beckman/IDI DC Plasma Spectrometer and a Dionex HPLC/Ionchromatograph.

Cathodoluminescence and Optical Microscopy


Several optical mineralogy and petrology laboratories with research petrographic microscopes, a Nuclide Cathodoluminoscope with a cooled CCD digital camera, and reflected light Differential Interference Contrast Microscopy. 

Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry


2 Isotope geochemistry laboratories with a Nuclide 12-inch thermal ionization mass spectrometer and a Triton multicollector thermal ionization mass spectrometer.

Selected University Multi-User Research and Support Facilities

Electron Microscopy Facility:

Center for Bioinformatics & Functional Genomics:

Miami University Instrumentation Laboratory: