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Director's Message

               Xiaoqing Pan

Welcome to the Irvine Materials Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine. I am honored to serve as the inaugural Director of this interdisciplinary institute with a diverse group of faculty and staff.

Established in 2015, the institute was built on the previous Laboratory for Electron and X-ray Instrumentation (LEXI) and newly established transmission electron microscopy (TEM) facilities.  Today,  the institute operates a large number of open-access user facilities for the characterization of inorganic, organic, and biological materials and devices ranging from sub-Å to macroscopic length scales - available to all university, industry, and non-profit researchers. It offers advanced techniques and services including structural and chemical characterization in different length scales, 3D imaging, surface analysis, physical property measurements, and fabrication of materials and devices by a variety of techniques.  The institute will play a significant role in technological development of our society with our upcoming materials engineering and innovations.

Major user facilities available in the institute include:

  • The new transmission electron microscopy facilities including two of the most advanced TEMs in the world (the NION UltraSTEM 200 HERMES and JEOL JEM-ARM300F Grand ARM), an advanced cryo-bio TEM equipped with the state-of-the-art direct electron detecting camera, and a workhorse TEM, as well as a complete range of sample preparation instruments. These new facilities are scheduled to open in December, 2016.
  • State-of-the-art scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focused ion beam (FIB) systems, scanning probe microscopy (SPM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) facilities.
  • Surface analysis facility including a new Kratos AXIS Supra XPS/UPS/AES/ISS spectrometer for the characterization of surface composition and electronic structure of any type of sample.
  • The new thermal, elemental, mechanical, physical, and rheological properties (TEMPR) facility.

UCIMRI facilities are professionally staffed, convenient and affordable, with open-access, user-friendly services.  The facilities have five technical PhD staff members who will train users and provide technical and scientific assistance.  Their main responsibilities include supervising the day-to-day operations of  the facilities and operating in a 24/7 “open access” mode. Additionally, they conduct their own research in areas of biological and materials science.

If you are interested in these facilities and would like to become a user, please contact us for further information.