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Procurement of a Correlative Raman Microscope for In-situ SEM Imaging of Chemical-Structural Components in Biological Composites

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Technical Report,14 Apr 2017,13 Mar 2018

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University of California - Riverside Riverside United States

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We have acquired a Correlative Raman Microscope that is coupled with a scanning electron microscope, a TESCAN MIRA3 GMU Field Emission SEM equipped with a dual Energy Dispersive SpectrometerSTEM system with large area mapping capabilities. This Raman instrument provides high-resolution3D reconstruction and concurrent elemental via EDS and molecular chemical mapping of large samples including biological, biomimetic and traditional composites as well as thin film semiconducting materials. It will greatly enhance the PIs contribution to ARO W911NF-15-1-0306 and MURI projects FA9550-15-1-0009 on the investigation of the presence and effects of chemical organic and inorganic as well as structural elements on not only the controlled synthesis of inorganic constituents, but also on strengthening and toughening in impact and abrasion resistant biological composites. This integrated system will provide the PI, fellow researchers, and students with unprecedented opportunities for research and will enhance undergraduate students interest and understanding in materials science by facilitating research opportunities. This support will contribute to the PIs unique program, which conducts both experimental research on synthesis-structure-property relationships in biological and biomimetic composites and on biologically inspired synthesis of nanostructural materials an area of extreme relevance to the DoD applications.

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  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

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