University of Wisconsin–Madison

Facilities Days Open House 2018


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Thanks to the support of our generous sponsors, this event is FREE!

*Registration deadline: March 29, 2018

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Join us for our FREE tutorials and learn how to identify which analytical techniques are appropriate for your research problems!

We are excited to announce the fourth annual Facilities Days Open House on Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13 at Union South, hosted by the College of Engineering and MRSEC. This year the meeting will feature tutorials for common microscopy and microanalysis techniques available in the UW-Madison shared facilities.

Who should attend?

Graduate students, faculty and industrial users will increase their knowledge of microscopy and microanalysis analytical methods and their understanding of how these techniques can be applied most effectively to their research and manufacturing questions.

New Format!

This year the facilities day open house event will be a two day learning event. Day 1 will present tutorials on nanoscale fabrication, microscopy and microanalysis techniques available in the College of Engineering shared facilities. Day 2 will provide opportunities to utilize what you learned through hands-on demonstrations of the techniques and instruments.

What you will learn:

  • The best techniques and instrumentation for characterization of your materials
  • Which techniques are best used to solve common issues, such as:

Analysis of hydrated specimens
Analysis of radiation sensitive samples
Chemical bonding
Elemental composition
Grain size, texture and orientation
Interfacial properties
Mechanical properties
Molecular organization of protein complexes
Nanometer scale patterning
Physical dimensions
Surface texture/roughness
Size distribution

  • The fundamentals of each technique (i. e. how they work)
  • How to better understand the data to get the most information from your analysis
  • Strengths and limitations of each technique
  • How multiple techniques fit together to provide comprehensive solutions to your research and manufacturing problems.
  • Hands on demonstrations of the instruments associated with these techniques

Learn how to apply these techniques to your research and development or manufacturing problems, meet the experts and interface with other users.

Day 1 Agenda – Thursday, April 12

*Please Note: Left column activities will take place at the same time as right column activites, but in different locations. 

*Left column activities: Varsity Hall II, Union South

*Right column activities: Northwoods Room, Union South

*Breaks and Lunch: Varsity I, Union South

8:00 Registration/Coffee/Breakfast
8:30 Overview (Jerry Hunter, UW-Madison Materials Science Center)
Location: Varsity II

Microscopy Techniques

Location: Northwoods Room


9:00 Scanning Electron Microscopy & EDS (60 min)

Chris Santeufemio, Zeiss

User Applications (15 min)

Optical Spectroscopy (60 min)

Sergey Mamedov, Horiba Scientific

User Applications (15 min)

10:15 Break
10:30 Transmission Electron Microscopy (60 min)

Paul Voyles, UW-Madison Materials Science and Engineering

User Applications (15 min)

Chenyu Zhang, Graduate Research Assistant

Cryoelectron Microscopy (30 min)

Desirée Benefield, UW-Madison Biochemistry

Surface Analysis (XPS, Auger, TOF-SIMS) (60 min)

Jerry Hunter, UW-Madison Materials Science Center

Scott Bryan, Physical Electronics

User Applications (15 min)

Vivek Saraswat, Graduate Student

Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy (30 min)

Philippe Hunault, Horiba Scientific

12:15 Lunch
1:15 Focused Ion Beam (45 min)

Brandon Van Leer, ThermoFisher Scientific

User Applications (15 min)

Dr. Kaila M. Bertsch, Postdoctoral Researcher

Edward Leonard, Graduate Student

X-ray Analysis Methods (XRD, XRR, etc.) (45 min)

Don Savage, UW-Madison Materials Center

User Applications (15 min)

Yajin Chen, Research Assistant

Gabriel Jaffe, PhD Student

2:15 Atom Probe Tomography (45 min)

Sue Babcock, UW-Madison Materials Science and Engineering

Rob Ulfig, Cameca Instruments

User Applications (15 mins

Nanoindentation (45 min)

Julie Last, UW-Madison Materials Science Center

Douglas Stauffer, Bruker

User Applications (15 min)

Guebum Han, PhD Student

Li He, Assistant Scientist

3:00 Break
3:15 Scanned Probe Microscopy (45 min)

Julie Last, UW-Madison Materials Science Center

John Thornton, Bruker

User Applications (15 min)

Electron Beam Lithography (45 min)

Yong Sun, Elionix

User Applications (15 min)

Jad Salman, Graduate Student

Evan McQuarrie, Postdoctoral Researcher

4:15 Wrap Up (Jerry Hunter, UW-Madison Materials Science Center)
4:30 Tutorials End

Day 2 Agenda – Friday, April 13

Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
Atom Probe Tomography (APT)
Electron Beam Lithography (EBL)
Focused Ion Beam (FIB)
Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy (GDOES)
Raman Spectroscopy
Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS)
Precision Mechanical Sample Preparation
Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (SEM/EDS)
Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
X-ray Diffraction (XRD)
X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)

This event is organized by the Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium, part of the
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.