U-M’s Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory (EMAL) Moving to NCRC

December 12, 2012

Highly advanced microscopes offer new opportunities for collaboration and equipment sharing.

NCRC will soon become the new home of some of the most advanced microscopy equipment in the State of Michigan. The Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory (EMAL), a facility used by scientists across many disciplines to precisely characterize the structure and chemical composition of materials at the nanoscale, is moving to NCRC thanks to a collaborative partnership between U-M’s Engineering and Medical schools.

The move places EMAL just around the corner from the Medical School Microscopy Image-analysis Lab, opening new possibilities for researchers at the two facilities to collaborate and share advanced equipment.

“The Medical School has had a longstanding relationship with the College of Engineering, and we are excited to partner again with them for the EMAL’s move to NCRC,” said Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research and Endowed Professor in Pathology Research. “This is another example of how we are able to come together to solve problems and provide resources to both schools, as well as the research community at large.”

EMAL is currently located in the Space Research Building on the U-M North Campus, where it has a user base of more than 600 researchers and is visited by 120 users per week. The facility’s move to NCRC building 22 will enhance the performance of its extremely sensitive, state-of-the-art microscopes, because the new location’s field and vibration characteristics are far superior to those at the current 25-year-old facility.

“The EMAL staff and I are excited by the move to NCRC, the new space promised to provide the much needed space to comfortably house our state of the art equipment in a much improved low vibration and low field environment,” said John Mansfield, who manages the North Campus EMAL.