Materials Sample Preparation Laboratory

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Photo: Alexander Fisher-Wagner/UC Davis.


The materials sample preparation laboratory is used to prepare a variety of materials for SEM, TEM and optical microscopy analysis. Users have full access to the sample preparation laboratory once they have completed the necessary training.

List of Equipment

  • Gold sputter coater.

  • Buehler Isomet 4000 high-speed saw.

  • Buehler Isomet 1000 gravity-fed saw.

  • Gatan 656 dimple grinder.

  • Southbay D500i dimple grinder.

  • Gatan 601 disc cutter.

  • Buehler Vibromet 3 polisher.

  • Buehler AutoMet 300.

  • Fischione 1050 TEM ion mill.

  • Fischione 1020 plasma cleaner.

  • Fischione nanomill.

  • Buehler MiniMet 1000 polisher.

  • Nova ultramicrotome.

Acquisition of the Fischione ion mill Model 1050 and Fischione nanomill was funded by a DURIP award (PI: Klaus van Benthem) from the Office of Naval Research (program manager Dr. Antti Makinen) under contract number N00014-15-1-2947.


108 Kemper Hall.

Recharge Rates Per Hour

  • Internal unassisted: $60.18

  • Internal assisted/training: $119.06

  • External unassisted: $80.46

  • External assisted/training: $159.18

  • Commercial unassisted: $80.46

  • Commercial assisted/training: $159.18