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REALab Stories

A spotlight on researcher's work using JEOL electron microscopy or JEOL analytical instruments, and how their scientific advances are impacting their field.

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Universidad de la República - Uruguay

Since 2000, scientists from the Universidad de la República in Uruguay have been revealing remarkable details about anatomy that has had an impact on research and veterinary medicine worldwide, with numerous publications to their credit.

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UQAR-ISMER

Université du Québec à Rimouski, Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski
In the winter, the SEM lab at UQAR-ISMER is a quiet contrast to the rugged Arctic expedition Prof. André Rochon goes on each summer aboard the icebreaker CCGS Amundsen.

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Universidade Estadual "Júlio Mesquita Filho"

The EPMA laboratory at UNESP (Universidade Estadual "Júlio Mesquita Filho"), Rio Claro campus is a multi-user facility supported by the State of Sao Paulo Foundation FAPESP. The goal of the lab is to support the mining industry and all the scientific research within the state as well as requests from other states.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Forensic Lab

There's only one place in the world that is a dedicated crime lab for wildlife. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Forensic Lab, located in Ashland, Oregon, was opened in 1989 to help put a stop to illegal exports and imports of products made from endangered wildlife as well as protected natural resources.

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Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture

The NAP/MEPA ESALQ initiated operations in 1995 as a true multi-user, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional organization. Approximately 2500 users have been trained in 120 courses (introductory and special) from various institutions within the country and abroad.

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State University of New York (Albany)

Solving chemical mysteries and developing faster methods for analysis are all part of the work that goes on at JEOL USA's mass spectrometry demonstration lab.

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Nano and Beyond Microscopy Lab

As Director of the Nano and Beyond Lab at the University of Texas (Dallas), Dr. Moon Kim's vision goes beyond nanoscale research and looking at atom-to-atom relationships to helping a global audience better understand the world of science.

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LABNANO - Brazilian Center for Physics Research

Research topics include, but are not limited to, Theoretical Physics, Experimental Physics, Applied Physics and Cosmology.

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University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

When microscopy and photography skills merge, it's possible to achieve art as well as science in a single image.

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Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Federal Fluminense

The Institute of Biology was established in 1983, so has been teaching and supporting research for more than 30 years.

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Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Wah Chiu is renowned worldwide for his contributions to the field of electron cryomicroscopy. His lab has developed high throughput methods for imaging and solving 3-dimensional structures of macromolecular machines at atomic resolution.

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University of Puerto Rico

Dr. Carlos Cabrera’s research focuses on nanomaterials for regenerative fuel cells and lithium batteries; nanostructured surfaces; sensors and biosensors.

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Natl. Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Dr. Suenega’s major research theme involves the atomic level characterization of individual molecules by means of electron microscopy and spectroscopy.

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Emory University

Dr. Elizabeth R. Wright is Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine. She is the Director of Robert P. Apkarian Integrated Electron Microscopy Core (RPAIEMC) at Emory University. She is also a Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Investigator Director.

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Kenneth Downing’s lab at the U.S. Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory made a major breakthrough for cancer research by solving the atomic level structure of tubulin, the protein responsible for cell division.

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Texas Christian University

Developing Silicon Nanotubes for Medicine and Electronics
While the path is well trod in carbon nanotube research and fabrication, silicon nanotube research is more akin to "the road not taken." But like the Robert Frost poem, the choice for silicon has "made all the difference" for Chemistry Professor Jeffery Coffer at Texas Christian University.

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Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

Dr. Neto's group uses optical and Scanning Electron Microscopy to unveil unthinkable details of a world mostly unknown to inhabitants of this planet, although they play an important role in the stability of our ecosystems.

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Snowflakes, Superglue, and SEM

Intrigued by cryo microscopy, and even further inspired when his professor mentioned that one could take SEM images of ice crystals in snow, an undergraduate biotechnology student was determined to capture his own images of snowflakes.

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Rocky Mountain Laboratories

Adapting to customers' imaging and analysis needs has been a hallmark for Rocky Mountain Laboratories, a service lab in Golden, Colorado with a spectacular view of both mountains and nanomaterials.

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National University of Córdoba

The number of applications is enormous, ranging from nondestructive analysis of metallic and non-metallic materials to microfossils and analytic software development.

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Extreme Lab

ASU Southwestern Center for Aberration Corrected Electron Microscopy
For more than 40 years, Arizona State University has been known for expanding the boundaries of electron microscopy and research in materials and the life sciences. Now it has taken a leap forward into atomic level research.

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Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

The Labsonda (The UFRJ EPMA lab) was created in 2010 and is coordinated by Dr. Isabel P. Ludka. Dr. Ludka is a former UFRJ student who also has a Doctor of Science (DSc) from the UFRJ/Maximillian Universität München, Germany.

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National University of Colombia

Research in the lab is focused on applications related to earth sciences involving igneous and metamorphic petrology, ore geology, and stratigraphy. Examples of current research of lab members include provenance analysis, determination of pressure – temperature conditions of igneous and metamorphic rocks, and characterization of mineral associations in gold deposits.

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Microscopy in the Classroom

Bergen County Academies
Schools that integrate microscopy into their science programs typically only have limited access to university instruments or use old equipment passed down to them. One public high school, however, has established its own lab with current instrumentation, and is helping other educators advocate for and enhance their science programs.

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Harvard Medical School

Department of Neurobiology - Corey Lab
While we marvel at discoveries in technology and materials, SEM images like these of the inner ear remind us how living organisms have used the trial-and-error engineering of evolution to develop amazing structures.

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Art Mystery at Boston College

A Boston College student’s senior undergraduate honors thesis touched off an across-the-curriculum collaboration between scientists at BC and JEOL, art conservators, museums and collections managers, librarians, and also became the topic of a poster presented at Microscopy & Microanalysis 2011 in Nashville.

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A New Take on the Phase Plate

National Institute for Nanotechnology
Hole-free phase plates have been co-developed and patented by a team composed of Dr. Marek Malac, JEOL’s own Dr. Masa Kawasaki, Prof. Ray Egerton and Dr. Marco Beleggia.

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University of Illinois at Chicago

Energy-Related Research Enabled with New Atomic Resolution S/TEM
The University of Illinois at Chicago just became an epicenter for atomic resolution research with the installation of its new aberration-corrected S/TEM, the ARM200F with cold field emission gun.

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Coconut Waste Changes to Grace

Dr. Walter Bradley says he may never retire, now that he’s found a way to help people in poor countries while turning agricultural waste into useful materials. For two decades his work in materials science helped the defense and aerospace industries.

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Albany Medical Center

They may not have the latest TEM technology at Albany Medical Center, but the microscope they do have has been working just fine from exactly the same spot where it was installed 27 years ago.

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Northeastern Ohio Univ. Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy

In 1979, when Jeanette Killius took over as EM Lab Manager at Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM), a JEOL TEM, model JEM-100S, had just been installed.

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Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston

Schepens Eye Research Institute, the largest free-standing eye research institute in the United States, is renowned for major breakthroughs in treatment of retinal disease, optic nerve regeneration, new cures for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, other types of retinal and optic nerve degenerations and damage, dry eye, and eye tissue transplants.

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MVA Scientific Consultants

Several high profile investigations have put MVA Scientific Consultants in the news and on the witness stand, while other projects that the microanalytical services company has undertaken have helped set new standards in health and environmental regulations.

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Children's Hospital Colorado

The electron microscopy lab is a high volume facility dedicated to delivering an exceptional product with extraordinary speed (normally within 24 hours of specimen receipt).

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Sappi Fine Paper North America

One of North America’s leading papermaking companies, Sappi Fine Paper North America produces 1.3 million tons of coated fine, specialty, and technical papers a year.

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Learning to Manipulate Molecules

Chemistry students at the University of New England (UNE) in Biddeford, Maine are learning how to make a better molecule -- meaningful work that has the potential to influence both medicine and the environment.

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W.M. Keck Center for Virus Imaging

The first U.S. laboratory of its kind opened its doors to a surge of virologists and infectious disease researchers eager to study Level 3 viruses and human pathogens with the magnification and resolution of a 200 keV Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM).

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Lehigh University - Masashi Watanabe

When a single atom can make or break the successful development of new materials, it's the sensitivity of the microscope used that makes all the difference to researchers in materials science.

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The Blue Man - Silver and Selenium

When a South Dakota ranch hand’s skin turned bluish-grey, his condition was initially diagnosed as methemoglobinemia, or reduced oxygen-carrying capacity in the blood. He didn’t respond to treatment, so he turned to the VA hospital in Sioux Falls, which is where Pathologist Dr. Jerry Simmons, working with a surgical resident, walked past the blue man and was intrigued.

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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

At the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), College of William and Mary in Gloucester Point, Virginia, Senior Scientist Mark La Guardia examines the sources, abundances, and effects of priority environmental contaminants, specifically brominated flame-retardants or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), on the Chesapeake Bay.

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McCrone Associates

For anyone who loves a mystery, McCrone Associates has a plethora of stories to capture the imagination. Known for more than fifty years for their analytical services, the independent consulting lab has helped to solve crimes, identify foreign materials in products ranging from pills to plastics to electronics, and even dash a few dreams.

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Unique Electron Microscopy Training

For nearly 40 years, students enrolled in the San Joaquin Delta College electron microscopy curriculum have been part of a unique two-year certificate program dedicated to practical, hands-on training of the future EM technician. It is one of only two such programs at the community college level in the country.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Scientists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) bring an eclectic background to the relatively young field of art conservation and authentication. Chemistry, art history, studio art, and historic preservation go hand in hand with expertise in pigments and varnishes, metal corrosion, and biochemistry.

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Alphaviruses Inspire Metamaterials

The acquisition of a new 300 kV Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) from JEOL distinguishes Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana as a major United States research facility where scientists can examine both biological and materials science structures at nanoscale resolution.

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Research Reveals Impact of Cholesterol Crystals in Heart Attacks

At Michigan State University’s Department of Medicine, Chief Cardiologist Dr. George Abela has made life-changing discoveries in understanding the role of cholesterol crystals in heart attacks.

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Geoscience Studies at LSU

The Pet Rock Project and Course-Embedded Research
Undergraduates in the geoscience program are immersed early on in geological research with hands-on experience using the EPMA, which stands for Electron Probe Analyzer, often more commonly just called a microprobe.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Electron Microscopist Lita Duraine
As a certified Electron Microscopy Specialist at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Lita Duraine enjoys a unique perspective by helping investigators in the field of medical and biological discoveries.

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University of Houston - NMR Spectrometry

University of Houston NMR facility manager discusses the merits of JEOL’s NMR platform, technology and software. From undergraduate teaching to research into the structure and dynamics of complex systems in chemistry, material science, and medicine – a look at NMR spectrometry at University of Houston.