World-Class Tools For Research Innovation

March 29, 2017 By Applied Innovation

UCI launched the Irvine Materials Research Institute (IMRI) in 2015 with an investment of $20 million to create a premier facility for structural and chemical characterization, 3D imaging, surface analysis, physical property measurements, and materials and device fabrication.

The opportunity to work with some of the most sophisticated imaging tools in the world draws industry, university, and non-profit researchers from around Southern California to this open user facility. They can access equipment like IMRI’s transmission electron microscopes (TEMs), among the most advanced commercially available, which use beams of electrons instead of light waves for atomic level resolution imaging.

Below is a selection of tools available for use:

  •  NION UltraSTEM 200 HERMES–one of the most powerful electron microscopes in the world
  • JEOL JEM-ARM300F Grand ARM offers 63 pm resolution at 300 keV for atom-by-atom characterization and chemical mapping.




  • Advanced cryo-bio TEM equipped with the state-of-the-art direct electron-detecting camera, a workhorse TEM, complete range of sample preparation instruments
  • State-of-the-art scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focused ion beam (FIB) systems, scanning probe microscopy (SPM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • Surface analysis facility including a Kratos AXIS Supra XPS/UPS/AES/ISS spectrometer that can characterize surface composition and electronic structure of any type of sample
  • Thermal, elemental, mechanical, physical, and rheological properties (TEMPR) facilit
  •  PNI Nano-R AFM, Angstrom Engineering EvoVac Glovebox Evaporator, Polytech MSA-500 Micro System Analyzer

For more information on IMRI innovation tools and services, contact:

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