The function of the Central Facility for Electron Microscopy is to provide hands-on access to electron microscopes, sample preparation equipment plus data collection and data reduction instrumentation, along with advice, training and research collaboration. The scope of the Facility is materials characterization of the topography, morphology, elemental composition, crystalline microstructure, crystal defects, and atomic arrangements of materials, largely on a scale from 10 micrometers down to the near-atomic level.

Main equipment:

(1) JEOL JEM 2010 Transmission Electron Microscope
200kV, analytical/high-resolution mode, LaB6 filament, single-tilting and double-tilting sample holders. (Oxford EDS system, Gatan dual-view CCD camera, TSL texture analysis system, Digi-TEM beam control system).

(2) JEOL JSM 840A Scanning Electron Microscope
LaB6 filament, second electron and backscattered electron detectors, Kevex Quantum x-ray microanalyzer, Digital imaging system.

(3) VG Microscopes HB501 STEM
Field emission scanning transmission electron microscope, now including:
Windowless x-ray microanalysis (Oxford/ 4pi), Digital image acquisition (4pi), Parallel-acquisition ELLS, Energy-filtered electron diffraction, Differential phase contrast detector, Electron beam induced nanofabrication facility.

(4) FEI Nova NanoSEM 450 Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

(5) FEI Tecnai Osiris Transmission / Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM/STEM)
bi-prism for holography, electron energy loss spectroscopy, x-ray analysis, and tomography of particles embedded in low atomic number media

Specimen preparation devices:

  • Emscope SC500 Au sputter coater
  • Diamond blade slow speed saw
  • SBT Model 910 lapping and polishing machine
  • Branson 2200 ultrasonic cleaner
  • VCR Group Inc. Dimpler D500i
  • Gatan Inc. Model 691 PIPS
  • Leica stereo microscope ZOOM 2000
  • Intek optical microscope


Users of the facility:

The Facility is accessible to all qualified researchers at UNL, at other universities and in industrial and other laboratories on payment of the appropriate charges.
Under normal circumstance, these researchers will be expected to have the requisite background knowledge for electron characterization of materials before some training will be given for a particular instrument.
In some cases, research collaboration is possible for common research interests and/or if researchers need the capabilities of the equipment and experienced examination of samples but are unable to use the facilities for themselves. Limited full service handling and examination of materials is available for these researchers according to availability of the facility specialist.



Prof. Brian W. Robertson, Faculty Supervisor
Dr. Xingzhong “Jim” Li, Specialist

Location: 033 Jorgensen Hall
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588-0298
phone: (402) 472-8762

FEI Nova NanoSEM 450

FEI Nova NanoSEM 450


FEI Tecnai Osiris TEM/STEM

FEI Tecnai Osiris TEM/STEM