Instruments

The following elemental analysis and imaging equipment is available within QBIC. To send samples or sign up for training contact Keith MacRenaris.

If you need Wildcard access to elemental analysis equipment in Silverman Hall B540 you will need to fill out a Silverman Hall Access Form.

If you need Wildcard access to imaging equipment in Silverman Hall 1567 you will need to fill out a CAMI Access Form.

Elemental Analysis/Imaging (Silverman Hall B540)

  • Thermo Element2 High Resolution Magnetic Sector Field ICP-MS

    The Thermo Element2 HR-ICP-MS (Installed October 2016) is a magentic sector field inductiveley coupled plasma mass spectrometer for the detection of most elements as low as ppq-ppt concentration range (0.010 ppq – 10 ppb). Researchers can be trained in instrument operation, sample preparation, data analysis, and basic troubleshooting. Alternatively, samples can be prepared, run, and analyzed by expert QBIC staff.

    Uses < 0.5 mL sample/run

    Features:
    
    
    1. Equipped with a ESI SC-2DX PrepFAST autosampler/autodilution system capable of using as little as 0.5 mL 
    of sample per run as well as performing dilutions up to 200-fold and online internal standardization
    2. Pulse counting and analog SEM detectors for covering concentration range up to 9 orders of magnitude
    3. Magnetic sector field and slit selection allows for essentially interference free elemental analysis
    4. Ultra-trace isotope ratio analysis is also possible
     
  • Thermo iCAP Q Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)

    The Thermo iCAP Q ICP-MS (Installed September 2014) is a quadrupole-based inductiveley coupled plasma mass spectrometer for the detection of most elements in the ppt-ppb concentration range (0.001 – 1000 ppb). Researchers can be trained in instrument operation, sample preparation, data analysis, and basic troubleshooting for unaccompanied instrument use or samples can be prepared, run, and analyzed by the facility.

    Uses ~ 2.5 mL sample/run

    Features:

     

    1. Equipped with a CETAC ASX260 120-position (15-mL conical tubes) autosampler
    2. Pulse counting and analog detectors for covering a concentration range  of up to 9 orders of magnitude
    3. Collision Cell Technology (CCT) to reduce polyatomic interferences for V, Cr, Fe, As, and Se
    4. Computer controlled through fully integrated QTEGRA software
  • Thermo iCAP 7600 Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES)

    The Thermo iCAP 7600 ICP-OES  (Installed October 2014) is a dual view (Radial and Axial) optical emission spectrometer used for the detection of most elements in the ppb-ppm concentration range (0.001 – 100 ppm). Can handle high matrix and total dissolved solids (TDS) up to 20%. Researchers can be trained in instrument operation, sample preparation, data analysis, and basic troubleshooting for unaccompanied instrument use or samples can be prepared, run, and analyzed by the facility.

    Uses ~ 5 mL sample/run

    Features:

     

    1.  Axial View – Increased Sensitivity, Lower Matrix Tolerance  (0.001 – 1 ppm)
    2.  Radial View – Decreased Sensitivity, Higher Matrix Tolerance (0.05 – 100 ppm)
    3.  Equipped with a CETAC ASX520 240-position (15-mL conical tubes) autosampler
    4.  Integrated SPRINT Valve with 4-mL sample loop for more efficient sample uptake and washout
    5.  Computer controlled through fully integrated QTEGRA software
  • Perkin Elmer AAnalyst 800 Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS)

    The PerkinElmer AAnalyst 800 AAS (Installed February 2011) is available for the elemental analysis of low volume samples. The AAnalyst 800 features both a graphite furnace and flame atomization which can be automatically exchanged within the instrument at the push of a button. Researchers can be trained in instrument operation, sample preparation, data analysis, and basic troubleshooting for unaccompanied instrument use or samples can be prepared, run, and analyzed by the facility.

    Features:
     
     
    1. Flame AA: Ideal for large numbers of samples (3 – 5 mL) and high concentration of analytes (1 – 500 ppm)
    2. Graphite Furnace AA: ppb detection limits (5 – 1000 ppb) with low volume sampling (50 µL of sample) 
    3. Available lamps: Mg, Ca, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Pt, Au, Gd
    4. THGA tube for uniform temperature distribution & low interference during pyrolisis
    5. Longitudinal Zeeman background correction and automatic lamp alignment. 
  • NewWave UP213 Laser Ablation System

    The ICP-MS can be coupled to the NewWave UP-213 Laser Ablation (LA) (Installed October 2008) to produce 2D elemental maps. The LA system uses a 213 nm deep UV laser to ablate a wide range of materials, from tissue specimens to geological samples. The aerosol produced is efficiently transported from the LA platform into the ICP-MS for elemental detection. Visit the Photo Gallery page for more examples of LA-ICP-MS. The LA-ICP-MS is staff run only and is not available for unaccompanied use.

    Features:

     

    1. 2nd generation high-performance Nd:YAG 213 nm deep UV laser
    2. Provides flat craters and high absorption for efficient ablation and transport of materials
    3. Spot sizes down to 10 µm for smaller samples, and up to 100 Hz and 100 µm spot sizes for large samples
    4. Integrated with ICP-MS QTEGRA software for seamless use and analysis
  • Milestone EthosEZ Microwave Digestion System

    The Milestone EthosEZ Microwave Digestion System (Installed December 2010) is designed for closed vessel acid digestion for hard to digest samples such as polymers, ceramics, tissues, organs, soils, and sediments. Digestions are carried out in a fraction of the time when compared to heat blocks or other techniques. Quartz and Teflon inserts are available for microliter sample sizes and are HF compatible.

    Features:

     

    1. Closed-vessel acid digestion with precise temperature control via thermo couple (up to 400 °C)
    2. SK-10 rotor for high pressure (100 bar) and temperature digestions
    3. Large Samples: Digest up to 10 samples simultaneously with up to 3 grams of material per vessel 
    4. Small Samples: Digest up to 30 samples simultaneously with up to 0.5 grams of material per vessel
    5. Operated via touchscreen compact control terminal for easy method development

Microscopy (Silverman Hall 1567)

  • Zeiss 510 LSM Inverted Confocal Microscope

    The Inverted Zeiss Axio Observer.Z1 Confocal Microscope (Installed September 2008) is ideal for a wide range of applications, including biochemistry, medical and material sciences. The fluorescence microscope produces high resolution z-slice images with 3-D reconstruction over a wide range of wavelengths from UV to Near IR. The Axio Observer.Z1 is completely digital providing added sensitivity and performance for exceptional quality images.

    Features:

     

    1. Excitation: Ar (458, 488, 514 nm), HeNe (543 nm), HeNe (633 nm), 2-photon (690-1024 nm)
    2. Objectives: 10x (air, NA – 0.3, WD – 5.3 mm), 20x (air, NA – 0.8, WD – 0.61 mm), 40x (water, NA – 1.2, WD – 0.28 mm), 63x (oil, NA – 1.4, WD – 0.19 mm), and 100 x (oil, NA – 1.45, WD – 0.11 mm)
    3. Equipped with Zeiss CO2 and Temperature Control for long-term live cell imaging applications
    4. DIC optics for 20x and 40x lenses
    5. 3 PMTs for simultaneous imaging of mutliple fluorophores
    6. X-Cite 120Q, 120 W AC Lamp for reflected light illumination for easy sample focusing
    7. Computer controlled using Zen2009 software, equipped with large HP LP3065 30-inch display
  • Spectra Physics Mai Tai DeepSee 2-Photon Laser

    Both the Upright Axio Observer.Z1 and the LSM 510 Meta are interfaced with a digitally controlled 2-photon laser (Spectra Physics Mai Tai). This tunable Near IR pulsed laser is capable of providing excitation over the full UV and visible range for simultaneous excitation of multiple fluorophores (690 nm – 1040 nm). 2-photon imaging is ideal for live, deep-tissue microscopy by providing a low energy excitation with reduced phototoxicity.

  • Olympus IX83 Inverted Fluorescent Microscope

    The Olympus IX83 Inverted Fluorescent Microscope (Installed June 2014) is an inverted fluorescence microscope equipped with motorized z height adjustment capabilities, a high frame rate (30 fps) ANDOR Xyla camera and long working distance objectives for imaging cells, tissues and materials samples on glass or plastic (i.e. multi-well plates) substrates. 

    Features:

     

    1. Objectives: 2x (air, NA – , WD – , ), 10x (air, NA – 0.3, WD – 10 mm), 20x (air, NA – 0.45, WD – 6.4-7.6 mm), 60x (oil, NA – 1.35, WD – 0.15 mm)
    2. Nomarski Optics for 20x and 60x objectives for differential interference contrast imaging (DIC)
    3. Long working distance univeral condenser (NA – 0.55, WD – 27 mm)
    4. Motorized excitation filterwheel and transmitted light shutter
    5. Fluorescence Filters: DAPI, FITC, TRITC, Cy5
    6. Metamorph Basic Software and ANDOR Zyla high frame rate sCMOS camera (fps – 30, fov – 2560×2160)
  • Olympus IX53 Inverted Color Microscope (w/ Micro-injection/Micro-manipulation)

    The Olympus IX53 Inverted Color Microscope (Installed June 2014) is an inverted microscope

    Features:
     
     
    1. Objectives: 2.5x (air, NA – , WD – ), 10x (air, NA – 0.3, WD – 9.37 mm), 20x (air, NA – 0.45, WD – 6.4-7.6 mm), 40x (air, NA – 0.6, WD – 2.7-4.0)
    2. Equipped with an Eppendorf Transferman NK2 Micro-Manipulation System
    3. Equipped with a Warner Instruments PLI-100A Picoinjector
    4. Hoffman printed objectives for better viewing in plastic dishes and multi-well plates
    5. Long Working Distance universal condenser (NA – 0.5, WD – 45 mm)
    6. LC20 2.0 MP color camera with Cellsens Entry software
     

NUANCE-EPIC (Silverman Hall B540)

  • Hitachi HD-2300 Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM)

    The Hitachi HD-2300 STEM is equipped with dual EDX (x-ray Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy) detectors for enhanced sensitivity. The microscope also features the Gatan Enfina 2000, electron energy-loss spectrometer (EELS). Samples can be imaged by secondary electron, Z-contrast (annular darkfield), or transmitted electron (brightfield) detectors. For more information about STEM imaging and cryo sample preparation and imaging contact Reiner Bleher or visit the EPIC website