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The University of Maryland Nanoscale Imaging Spectroscopy and Properties Laboratory


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NISPLab Location

High-resolution TEM of C60 molecules trapped inside a carbon nanotube The Nanoscale Imaging, Spectroscopy, and Properties Laboratory (NISPLab), located in Room 1237 of the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, is one of the laboratories of the University of Maryland NanoCenter.

NISP Lab Capabilities and Users

The equipment in the laboratory is dedicated to the characterization of the structure and composition of a broad spectrum of hard and soft materials and biological systems with nanometer resolution. These capabilities are used for research, and the teaching and training of students. The research performed in the laboratory is focused on the characterization of materials and structures in the areas of biomaterials, multifunctional and smart materials, nanostructured materials, nanodevices and geological materials.

NISPLab Facilities

The NispLab has installed new electron microscopy equipment, giving NanoCenter users more options.
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
    • Jeol 2100F Field Emission Transmission Electron Microscope (FE-TEM)
    • JEM 2100 LaB6 TEM
    • Holders enhancements:
      • High temperature heating holder
      • Liquid nitrogen temperature holder
      • High angle tilting holder
      • Tilting and rotation holder
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
    • Field Emission SEM with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) capability
  • a high resolution field emission transmission electron microscope for characterization of materials with a lattice resolution of 0.14 nm
  • a LaB6 TEM with specialized holders for characterization of biological and organic materials
  • a microprobe analyzer with one energy dispersive and five wavelength dispersive X-ray detectors for quantitative analysis of the composition of materials and scanning probe techniques for atomic- and nano-scale characterization.

The laboratory was designed for low mechanical vibration and low electromagnetic noise so that the best possible spatial resolution can be achieved from the instruments.

The NISP laboratory is operated jointly by the Maryland NanoCenter and the NSF MRSEC as a shared experimental facility. For more information about use policies see our policies page or contact the lab director, Wen-An Chiou.

The NispLab is adjacent to and integrated with the Keck Laboratory for Combinatorial Nanosynthesis and Multiscale Characterization.


Contact Us

(301) 405-7725

Lab Director:
Dr. Wen-An Chiou
(301) 405-0541

1237 Kim Engineering Bldg