October 2014

LVEM5 installed at Delaware State University

Delaware State University has selected the LVEM5 Benchtop electron microscope to add to its research instrumentation. The microscope was installed for use in Nanotechnology Research

Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai (center top) and Dr. Daniela Radu (center bottom) work with chemistry graduate students Bellsabel Gebear-Eigzabher (l) and NIcholas Pizzi.Dr. Daniela Radu, assistant professor of chemistry,, together with Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai, associate professor and associate chair of the DSU Department of Chemistry, will use the LVEM5 to develop a novel silica nanostructured platform to capture carbon dioxide from advanced fossil energy power.

In the study, the platforms are believed to be capable of increased carbon dioxide absorption. The captured carbon dioxide could then be recycled for other uses.

Dr. Lai said if the research realizes increased carbon dioxide capture, such low-coat high efficiency material could also be used to capture other chemical compounds from fossil energy sources.

The LVEM5 was installed in the lab of Dr. Radu and  will aid in the following three projects;

  1. Solution processed solar cells with absorber layer made from nanoparticles precursors
  2. Biomedical applications: sensing neuron-astrocytes communication
  3. Engineered nanoparticles - toxicity testing


The LVEM5 is the only desktop TEM on the market that allows for hands on student use. The LVEM5 is also capable of preforming electron diffraction. The LVEM5 is capable of 1.2nm resolution in TEM mode and 3nm in SEM mode.

The LVEM5 benefits from a 5kv electron source that means that you can visualize light weight materials such as biological tissue without the need for heavy metal stains. This is a huge advantage for users who want to get a greater understanding of their materials, and not their stain.

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