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Microscope Imaging and Spectroscopy Technology Laboratory

Micro- and nano-structural characterization is key to development and application of nanotechnology in fields ranging from medicine to crime scene investigation, from materials engineering to catalysis, and from the electronic device industry to the study of extraterrestrial materials and plants. The Microscope Imaging and Spectroscopy Technology (MIST) Laboratory at the Center for Nanoscience has expertise and equipment for various types of specimen preparation and microscopic analysis. The laboratory supports research and training programs, and provides analytical support and referrals for local industries and members of the academic community. Facility scientists provide comprehensive consultation on micro- and nano-characterization (SEM, EDS, TEM, HRTEM, AFM, and STM).

For more information please contact Dr. David Osborn at (314) 516-4761 or

Recently Purchased Instrumentation

The Vista Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometer is equipped with the VistaChip CCD detector which offers full wavelenth coverage (167-785 nm) and high speed analyses.  Spectral interferences are easily eliminated and both trace and major elemental concentrations can be measured simultaneously.

Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry

The Applied Biosystems API 4000 LC/MS/MS system consists of a Shimadzu modular LC, Leap Technologies HTC PAL injector/autosampler, and the API 4000 high performance triple quadrupole mass spectrometer with a mass range of m/z 5 to 3000.