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    October 2009

    Technology and Innovation Development

    FSU and UNC Pembroke Join Efforts to Establish new Microanalytical and Imaging Center

    On September 15th 2009, a new JEOL JXA 8530F Hyperprobe arrived at Fayetteville State University. This signals the first step in the establishment of the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Microanalytical and Imaging Center (SENCR-MIC), a joint effort of Fayetteville State University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

    So, what is an electron microprobe? An electron microprobe is a high-tech device that is used to non-destructively determine the chemical composition of extremely small samples of solid materials by bombarding the sample with an electron beam. The analyzer allows a person to see images of matter at a very high magnification.

    According to Dr. Steven Singletary, Director of the Center and Natural Sciences professor at Fayetteville State University, with the microprobe, “We can resolve features as small as 3 nanometers – about the length of 30 atoms put end to end.”

    The microprobe will be one of just 7 in the world that is available to outside researchers. It is only the third one produced of the current version (JXA-8530F) in the 8500 series.  “It is the next generation of microprobe,” said Singletary.

    Fayetteville State Provost Jon Young said, “The presence of the device likely will help recruit top-level faculty and students to FSU and UNCP. It's very, very fortuitous that this is occurring now.”

    JEOL, Ltd., the manufacturer of the microprobe, is a leading global supplier of scientific instruments used for research and development in the fields of nanotechnology, life sciences, optical communication, forensics, and biotechnology. In 1950 JEOL made its first commercial electron microscope, the JEM. They are one of only 2 companies left in the world that produces microprobes.


    For further information, please contact:

    LaDelle Olion Ph. D.

    Dean of The Graduate School and Sponsored Research

    Fayetteville State University

    (910) 672-1681