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Course Title: An Introduction to Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Associated Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS)
Categories: 1 - Analytical Metrology
2 - Microscopy
3 - Nanoscience
4 - Digital Imaging
Instructor(s): Randy Vander Wal Course Number: 70
Affiliation: Penn State University
Course Date: 03/05/2017 - Sunday Course Length: 1/2 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 12:30 PM
Fee: $325 ($425 after 2/18/17) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
The course will provide an introduction to scanning electron microscopy, (SEM) and associated electron-based spectroscopic technique of energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The course will consist of lectures outlining instrument hardware, physical principles and operation for microscopic imaging and spectroscopic analyses interleaved with live demonstration of each. In particular demonstrations make clear details on focusing, resolution and sample loading that are critical to successful operation. The course will compare and contrast differences in samples, instrument principles and operation while detailing the microscopic and spectroscopic information available. A desktop SEM will be demonstrated for both imaging applications and spectroscopic analyses by EDS following the lectures on each topic. Course materials will include lecture slides and notes. Through an integrated series of lectures and demonstrations, the course will provide a working knowledge of the principles of these two related techniques as well as an introduction to SEM.

Target Audience
This course is designed for individuals who use scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis in academic, governmental, or industrial laboratories: engineers, technicians, physical and biological scientists, clinicians, geologists, forensic scientists and technical managers.

Course Outline
In chronological order, the following topics will be covered.
1. Brief history and comparison to optical and transmission microscopy
2. SEM hardware components
3. Physical principles of imaging operation and imaging modes
4. Live demonstrations
5. X-ray principles and spectroscopy
6. Instrumental EDS hardware
7. Live demonstrations

Course Instructor's Biography
Dr. Vander Wal is presently Professor of Energy Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State University where he teaches courses in analytical methods, energy technology, nanotechnology, fuel science and environmental statistics. His research interests include the synthesis, characterization and application of nanomaterials for energy conversion, harvesting, storage and control (sensors) applications. The course is a distillation of the SEM module from his graduate level course on Analytical Methods that he teaches at Penn State.