Principal Investigators Yufeng Zheng and Bin Li, both professors in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, have used a Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) grant to expand the University’s in-situ transmission electron microscopy ability. Developed as a collaboration between the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, the College of Engineering, and Research & Innovation, the equipment allows researchers to evaluate the behavior of materials on the atomic level.
“The one-year infrastructure grant allowed us to build a two-part system to directly observe what happens in tiny specimens. The first part is a specialized straining specimen holder in the transmission electron microscope, and the second part of the system is a high-end camera that we can use to record video of in-situ experiments,” Zheng explained. “The equipment allows for high-temperature in-situ tension and compression experiments that will be recorded with 4K x 4K images at the rate of 25 images per second.”