Supporting Equipment

Support equipment contained within the Center includes: specimen preparation facilities, Fischione Model 1010 Ion Mill, microtomes (one with cyro capabilities), a Buehler Isomet 1000 Precision saw, South Bay Tech. Dimpler, Ecomet grinder/polisher,  evaporation and sputter coaters, etc. For further information on the polishers and grinders, you may contact Rick Littleton (Tel. 979-845-5928; rick-littleton@tamu.edu) or Dr. Mike Pendleton (Tel. 979-845-1182; mikep@tamu.edu). 

Fischione Model 1010 Ion Mill

  • Precision ion milling and polishing system for TEM specimens
  • 0° to 45° milling angle range
  • LN2 specimen cooling to eliminate artifacts
  • Variable energy milling
  • Fully programmable, easy-to-use
  • Adjustable rocking angle for XTEM samples
  • Oil-free vacuum system

For more information, contact Rick Littleton (Tel. 979-845-5928; rick-littleton@tamu.edu)

VIBROMET 2 Vibratory Polisher

For sample preparation for Electron Backscattered Diffraction. Vibratory action mechanically or chemo-mechanically prepares specimens while minimizing the amount of deformation. Removes remaining deformation or scratches from extremely soft specimens such as gold, lead, copper, and silver as well as multiple material specimens that have been prepared using conventional methods. For more information, contact Tom Stephens (Tel. 979-845-1165; tstephen@tamu.edu).

Pelco Biowave

The Biowave is a sophisticated cold microwave oven permitting more efficient and effective fixation, embedding and staining and immunostaining  protocols. It is particularly helpful with specimens that are difficult to process (e.g. zebrafish embroys, myelinated nerve tissues etc.). Another advantage is with samples containing fluorescent proteins (GFP, RFP, etc,...): their fluorescence is preserved much better when processed via microwave-assisted aldehyde fixation. The microwave has adjustable wattage, and is equipped with a vacuum chamber, ColdSpot plate for cooling, accessories for sample handling and rapid polymerization. Processing of samples can be accomplished at much shorter time then in traditional  protocols (http://www.tedpella.com/3470_html/3470tab.htm) For some protocols and  guidelines, see http://www.tedpella.com/microwave_html/EM-proto.htm For further information on this instrument, call or e-mail Dr. Stanislav Vitha (Tel. 979-845-1607; vitha@tamu.edu).

 

Diener Zepto Plasma Cleaner

With Argon and Oxygen gas supply. For cleaning surfaces as well as surface activation for bonding polymers. May be used for cleaning glass coverslips for TIRF microscopy. Please contact for further information and training.

 

Cressington 108 Sputter Coater

For general coating of samples for SEM. This instrument is for samples that will be imaged using scanning electron microscopes in the MIC. Please contact for further information and training.

Cressington 208HR  High Resolution Sputter Coater

The coater is equipped with a turbo molecular pump and is dedicated for coating for high resolution imaging on the Quanta FE-SEM. please contact for further information and training

Cressington 308  evaporative coater

For carbon coating of samples for SEM, coating of mica to produce carbon support film for TEM, etc,... Please contact or for more information 

Pelco EasiGlow  Glow Discharge apparatus

Used to render EM grids with a support film more hydrophilic to improve dispersion of aqueous samples for TEM imaging.