Industrial gifts allow upgrades to SCSAM instrumentation

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Two recent industrial gifts have allowed Case Western Reserve University’s Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials (SCSAM) to upgrade two of its major instruments.
Lubrizol has provided $65,000 to purchase a Vantec 500 2-D area detector for the Bruker Discover D-8 X‑ray diffractomer to replace the existing 20-year-old detector, which has now become obsolete. The new detector has the high speed and sensitivity of the original, but has better resolution, a higher dynamic range, and provides cleaner, higher quality 2-D diffractive patterns.

A second donation from Atotech has provided $200,000 to purchase an ASTAR NanoMEGAS upgrade for the FEI Tecnai 300 KeV TEM. This attachment allows for automated crystal orientation and phase and strain mapping, and is a great complement to automated collection of diffraction information available using EBSD on the FEI Nova SEM.
SCSAM is a multi-user analytical facility providing instrumentation for microstructural characterization of materials as well as surface and near-surface chemical analysis. Visit SCSAM’s website for additional information about the facility and available equipment.