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Course Title: Scanning and Transmission Based Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy
Categories: 1 - Analytical Metrology
2 - Atomic Spectrometry-Spectroscopy
3 - Microscopy
4 - Spectroscopy
5 - Teaching Analytical Chemistry
6 - X-Ray Spectrometry
Instructor(s): Randy Vander Wal Course Number: 124
Affiliation: Penn State University
Course Date: 03/06/2016 - Sunday Course Length: 1/2 Day Course
Start Time: 01:00 PM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $300 ($400 after 2/12/16) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
The course will provide an introduction to transmission and scanning electron microscopy, (TEM and SEM) and the electron-based spectroscopic techniques available in each instrument. Both instruments can offer elemental identification by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) while the TEM instrument also offers electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). Examples focusing on carbon allotropes (e.g. carbon nanotubes, graphene) will be provided, given their prominence in material science and emerging composite and electronic applications, and contrasted with metal oxide nanowires. Overall the course will compare and contrast differences in samples, instrument principles and operation while detailing the microscopic and spectroscopic information available by these techniques.

Target Audience
This course is intended for professionals, researchers and educators and students seeking introduction to these well-recognized instruments, their use and specifically the types of information available.

Course Outline
In chronological order, the following topics will be covered.
1. SEM instrumental principles and operation
2. Sample requirements
3. Microscopy and imaging
4. Spectroscopy and chemistry (EDS)
5. TEM instrumental principles and operation
6. Sample requirements
7. Microscopy and imaging modes (BF/DF and EF)
8. Spectroscopy and chemistry (EDS, EELS)

Course Instructor's Biography
Dr. Vander Wal is presently a Professor of Energy Engineering at Penn State University where he teaches courses in energy technology, nanomaterials, fuel science and environmental statistics. His research interests encompass the synthesis, characterization and application of nanomaterials, where microscopic and spectroscopic characterization is key to synthesis validation and performance feedback.