Open House at UWs New Microscopy Facility

December 10, 2012
Three people working with microscope
Researchers test UW’s new electron microscope. From left are Maria Kirsanova, Alexander Nemchinov and Erwin Sabio.

Capabilities of the University of Wyoming’s new High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy Facility (HRTEM) will be demonstrated during an open house from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Room B-026 of the Earth Sciences Building.

The HRTEM Facility houses the FEI Tecnai G2 F20 STEM, an electron microscope capable of extremely high resolution -- less than one nanometer, or one-billionth of a meter. It also is equipped with an electron dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectrometer for simultaneous imaging and elemental analysis.

“It will open up as a user facility to serve the needs of materials research groups within the university and possibly affiliate academic institutions in the region,” says Erwin Sabio, HRTEM manager and a post- doctoral researcher in the UW Department of Chemistry. He says the microscope was funded by the School of Energy Resources but will run independently on user fees in the future.

For more information, call Sabio at (307) 766-2797, email or visit

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