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Scanning Electron Microscopy Laboratory

Universita di Napoli Federico II
Type: infrastructure
Science area: 1. Natural Sciences2. Engineering and Technology6. Humanities

Laboratory of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) at DiSTAR is equipped with a SEM Jeol JSM5310 and a FESEM ZEISS Merlin VP. They both allow the investigation of the microstructure and morphology of raw inorganic and suitably prepared organic materials, through the acquisition of high resolution magnified digital images.
SEM Jeol JSM5310, in the lab since 1998, provides both 3D images through a secondary electron detector (SE) and topographic and compositional images through a backscattered electron detector (BSE). It is also equipped with an EDS X-Stream Inca Oxford detector that supplies qualitative evaluation of chemical elements starting from fluorine. A well performing reference standardization allows single point analyses of polished samples (resin embedded or thin sections).
The FESEM ZEISS Merlin VP SEM, available in the lab since 2017, works both in high vacuum and in variable pressure and reaches 1 million magnification. The very large vacuum chamber of Gemini 2 apparatus hosts samples up to 15 cm diameter. This SEM is equipped with an “”inlens”” detector of both secondary and backscattered electrons, a normal secondary electron detector and a variable pressure secondary electron detector. It is linked to an EDS Oxford X-Max detector and to a WDS Wave Oxford spectrometer equipped with 4 analytical crystals. The combined use of EDS and WDS analytical facilities allows the quantitative analysis of chemical elements starting from Boron. A dedicated software provides us with compositional maps for the automated evaluation of the mineralogical composition in an unknown sample. The FESEM facility allows non-destructive and non-invasive analyses of large samples, which makes this apparatus the most powerful tool for SEM investigation in cultural heritage and forensic geology fields. The laboratory is officially accredited for SEM analysis of asbestos, on both massive samples and airborne fibers.

From molecules to precision medicine (SAMSNIÐ)

University of Iceland
Type: infrastructure
Science area: 3. Medical and Health Sciences

This infrastructure is part of the Roadmap to Icelandic infrastructure and is being set-up and therefore not available yet.
i. Cell analysis and sorting facility. In recent years, methods that allow phenotyping of cells have become even more important to understand sub-populations and interactions among cells. Major progress has been made and now instruments have been developed that allow analysis of over 20 molecules per cell. This technology is a real necessity for diverse fields of biosciences, from basic science to the identification of cells needed for cellular therapy.
ii. Imaging facility. Microscopy and imaging have undergone major improvements in the last few years. In addition to constant improvements in conventional, fluorescent, confocal and electric microscopy, now newer instruments have been developed such as multi-photon, light sheet and super-resolution microscopes.
iii. Small animal facility. The University of Iceland Biomedical Center and ArcticLAS have been building a modern infrastructure for small animal experiments. The long-term goal is to move this infrastructure into academic surroundings, improve and expand it.
iv. Genomics facility. Major improvements have occurred in genomic technology, and these techniques are used in more and more bioscience fields. We aim to build a sequencing facility that allows for long range sequencing as well as single cell sequencing approaches.

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