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Acquisition of a FE-SEM JSM-7001F coupled with JED-2300 EDS and CL180 cathodoluminescence systems at the UNIGE (SEME)

Applicant Martini Rossana
Number 128773
Funding scheme R'EQUIP
Research institution Département des sciences de la Terre Université de Genève
Institution of higher education University of Geneva - GE
Main discipline Geology
Start/End 01.12.2009 - 30.11.2010
Approved amount 250'000.00
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All Disciplines (11)

Discipline
Geology
Pedology
Organic Chemistry
Geochronology
Hydrology, Limnology, Glaciology
Climatology. Atmospherical Chemistry, Aeronomy
Geochemistry
Pharmacology, Pharmacy
Palaeontology
Mineralogy
Other disciplines of Environmental Sciences

Keywords (7)

Scanning Electron Microscopy; Thermal Field Emission; Microfabric; Texture Analysis; Micro- and Nanofabric Characterization; Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometer; Cathodoluminescence

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
The Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva (UNIGE) plans to set up a new laboratory for electron microscopy intended for the Faculty of Sciences. It consists of a Thermal Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM), equipped with the following systems:-an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS);-a high-end cathodoluminescence (CL).Matching funds from the UNIGE will cover about 60% of the cost of the entire equipment and the Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences is planning to open a technical position in the field of electron microscopy.Today, the high-resolution microscopy at nano- and micrometric scale is an essential condition for the research applications in many of our studies. Therefore, the realization of this new laboratory with the purchase of a high-performance SEM for nanoscience is crucial for the University of Geneva.This equipment will complement existing laboratories of ultra-microscopy at the Faculty of Sciences and will be accessible to the other scientists from the UNIGE and the Lemanic region.The proposed facilities will broaden existing research directions and build up some new applications. The new laboratory will impact on studies in the fields of:-sedimentology, sedimentary petrography, micropaleontology, and geomicrobiology;-mineralogy, biomineralogy, petrology, geochronology;-volcanology;-bio- and pharmaceutics;-microbiology and molecular systematics. In conclusion, the acquisition of the aforementioned equipment is an indispensable investment for the Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Faculty of science of the UNIGE. The research possibilities in geosciences, biology and pharmacology will enhance the scientific productivity and increase the visibility of Swiss research.
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Abstract

The Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva (UNIGE) plans to set up a new laboratory for electron microscopy intended for the Faculty of Sciences. It consists of a Thermal Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM), equipped with the following systems:-an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS);-a high-end cathodoluminescence (CL).Matching funds from the UNIGE will cover about 60% of the cost of the entire equipment and the Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences is planning to open a technical position in the field of electron microscopy.Today, the high-resolution microscopy at nano- and micrometric scale is an essential condition for the research applications in many of our studies. Therefore, the realization of this new laboratory with the purchase of a high-performance SEM for nanoscience is crucial for the University of Geneva.This equipment will complement existing laboratories of ultra-microscopy at the Faculty of Sciences and will be accessible to the other scientists from the UNIGE and the Lemanic region.The proposed facilities will broaden existing research directions and build up some new applications. The new laboratory will impact on studies in the fields of:-sedimentology, sedimentary petrography, micropaleontology, and geomicrobiology;-mineralogy, biomineralogy, petrology, geochronology;-volcanology;-bio- and pharmaceutics;-microbiology and molecular systematics. In conclusion, the acquisition of the aforementioned equipment is an indispensable investment for the Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Faculty of science of the UNIGE. The research possibilities in geosciences, biology and pharmacology will enhance the scientific productivity and increase the visibility of Swiss research.
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