**New Electron Micorscopy Suite **

FEI Talos F200X - Scanning/Transmission electron microscope configured for materials applications including tomography.

FEI Quanta 650 FEG - Environmental scanning electron microscope for non-conductive sample work with a variety of detectors.

FEI Nova NanoSEM 450 - High resolution scanning electron microscope for materials characterization.


The Manitoba Institute for Materials houses a number of instruments to perform a variety of analytical functions. The instruments have been categorized based on function and technique (see right).

Instrument function can be broadly divided into the following types. Most instrumental techniques can characterize materials in more than one of these modes, however sensitivity, selectivity and spatial information vary. As a result these techniques are often complementary and the appropriate combination will be dependent on the sample and the questions you are asking. We have significant expertise in these areas and can help determine what approach may be best given the circumstances.

 provides surface spatial information. This could be morphological as in the case of scanning probe microscopy or chemical as in the case of Raman microscopy.

Elemental Analysis  provides information about the various elements present in a sample as in the case of laser ablation mass spectrometry and in some cases the oxidation state as in the case of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

Identification of a material often requires information about atomic arrangement as in the case of x-ray diffraction or chemical bonding as in the case of infrared or nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Thin film and nanoparticle characterization can provide information of thickness and size. For example dynamic light scattering will provide average particle size of particles in a suspension and ellipsometry can provide film thickness and dielectric constant.

Structural information can be obtained ranging from ordering at the atomic level with standard  x-ray diffraction up to larger-scale molecular structures with wide angle x-ray diffraction.

Bulk properties of materials can be obtain including magnetic properties, dielectric constant, conductivity and   hardness.

Techniques can be divided into the following categories

Microscopy - providing spatial information about materials

Spectroscopy or spectrometry - measuring the interaction of energy with matter

Diffraction or scattering - using interference or elastic interaction of energy with matter

Thermal analysis
- using heat energy to examine phase changes or decomposition in a sample