Mkhoyan earns Research Infrastructure Investment Program award

July 2, 2019 - Associate Professor Andre Mkhoyan has been awarded a grant through the Research Infrastructure Investment Program to undertake a large electron microscopy upgrade to the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Characterization Facility (CharFac). With this award, a new generation, analytical, high-resolution scanning and transmission electron microscope (HR-(S)TEM) will be installed in the CharFac. The HR-(S)TEM is an essential instrument that will allow many principal investigators, research scientists, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and some undergraduates to characterize their samples at sub-nanometer-scale. This single analytical HR-(S)TEM will replace two aging TEMs in the CharFac. Mkhoyan's proposal also received significant financial support from the CSE Dean’s Office.

This upgrade, which will be the largest upgrade to the Characterization Facility in the last 15 years, will dramatically improve the University of Minnesota’s position as one of the leaders in nanotechnology research. This new TEM instrument will help researchers to improve their understanding of nanomaterials’ functionality and their use in applications.

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