Scanning Probe Microscope Open House
On October 20, 2011, three departments at EIU – Chemistry, Physics, and Geology/Geography – jointly held an open house to introduce to the campus community a newly acquired Scanning Probe Microscope. This state-of-the-art instrument was acquired through a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (NSF-MRI) grant and can be used to study the surfaces of materials at the nanoscale.
Dr. Jie Zou from Physics is a co-Principal Investigator on this grant. She will be using this instrument to study thermal conduction in semiconductor nanostructures. This instrument will also provide ample opportunities for undergraduate research. Currently, a pre-engineering student will be using this instrument to study the Lennard-Jones interatomic interactions. This project will start in spring 2012.
Dr. Zou (seated left) and Dr. Mitrovski (right) demonstrate the Scanning Probe Microscope at the October 20th Open House.