MMMS 2017

Wednesday November 1st 2017

Michigan Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (MMMS) & (MC)2 Open Day 

Registration Fees:

Supporting Manufacturer/Vendor $100

Full Attendee $65

Student $20

Register here!

Presentations, Tour, Poster and image competition. Keynote presentations include:

  • Determining atomic structure across scale & dimensions with highly convergent electron beamsProf. Robert Hovden, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
  • Using cryo-electron microscopy to visualize the function of PMP22, a major cause of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMTD)Prof. Melanie Ohi, Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan
  • Shaping (and reshaping) biological membrane architecture for vertebrate photoreceptor health (and disease)Prof. Andrew Goldberg, Biomedical Sciences, Oakland University
  • Ultrasonic Fatigue and its role in Materials Centric Design, Dr. Jason W. Carroll, Eaton Corporation.
  • Micro-Raman analyses of Earth and Planetary Materials: Advantages and Challenges, Prof. Jackie Li, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan

Submit an abstract (deadline: October 10th 2017) 


Address: 2800 Plymouth, Rd., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109

Online SEM/FIB Training Sessions

We have several upcoming SEM/FIB training sessions in our YouTube live remote series. Direct links are below. Anyone can join, but users who need access on these microscopes should also submit a training request through our system FOM. New users can start by creating an account.

PFIB Basic SEM: Wed, 11/4, 2:00pm
Helios Basic SEM: Thurs, 11/5, 11:00am
Nova Basic SEM: Fri, 11/6, 10:00am
PFIB Basic FIB: Mon, 11/9, 10:00am
Helios Basic FIB: Tues, 11/10, 1:00pm

(MC)2 Live Remote Training Series

As a response to Covid-19 and the need for social distancing, (MC)2 has explored different methods for remote training and collaboration. In addition to managing private training and service sessions through Zoom since our lab reopening in June, we have also developed a YouTube Live series which is open to anyone to attend, whether direct microscope access is needed or not. Users who are interested in access are able to request training as normal through our lab management system FOM, then we reach out once a livestream is scheduled. We encourage participation in live chat in place of the Q&A that would otherwise take place in-person. Anyone who is not a current lab user but has general microscopy interest may also attend live or watch later on our channel. Some of our past videos include the content below:

TFS Talos F200X TEM & STEM Alignments
TESCAN RISE Basic SEM Training
FEI Helios Basic Operation
UHR SACP on the FEI Helios
Cathodoluminescence on the TESCAN RISE
Lorentz imaging and iDPC on the TFS Talos F200X

We will continue to announce new entries in our remote training series as they become available. 

Change in Center Directorship

As of June 2020, Dr. Emmanuelle Marquis has retired from her position as center director, with Dr. Alan Taub taking on the next directorship. We would like to thank Dr. Marquis for her innovation and service over the last five years of leadership, as she worked tirelessly to bring in cutting-edge new equipment, upgrade existing instruments, standardize training processes, and expand the range of techniques in the center’s repertoire. 

We welcome Dr. Taub, MSE professor and senior technology advisor for LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow), who brings a background in industry research and development to this role.  Dr. Taub is also the director of the new Michigan Materials Research Institute, in which (MC)2 looks forward to playing a key part.  The institute will become a central point of contact between the university, industry, and federal sponsors to collaborate on interdisciplinary materials science research. 

Image Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of our latest image contest! Thank you to all who submitted. 

1st Place

Rigel Hanbury, “Faceted Crystallites” (Thermo Fisher Nova 200 Nanolab SEM/FIB)


This is a secondary electron image of outer oxide particles formed on 316L stainless steel exposed to 320ºC hydrogenated water for 72 hours to simulate nuclear reactor core corrosion. These particles derive their crystallographic orientation from the underlying metal yielding common facets among separate particles. 





Li-Jen Yu, “Doodle Drawing by an Alloy” (JEOL 2100F TEM)


A recolored STEM (scanning transmission electron microscope) image of dislocation loops and defects in an irradiated Ni-Cr alloy. Excessive point defects such as vacancies and interstitials are created in the alloy after irradiation. Once interstitials accumulate on certain crystallographic planes, dislocation loops can form. These dislocation loops can significantly affect the mechanical properties of the alloy. 





Insung Han, “Dried Flowers (Thermo Fisher Helios 650 Nanolab SEM/FIB)


Metastable Al-Mn quasicrystals formed by short-pulse laser irradiation, modified to show the dendrites’ resemblance to blooming flowers.






Ziwen Zhu, “Circulating tumor cell interacting with cancer associated fibroblast derived extracellular matrix” (Thermo Fisher Nova 200 Nanolab SEM/FIB)


This is an organoid model we built for circulating tumor cell. CTC was captured by the extracellular matrix and grown with cancer associated fibroblast together.

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