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Scanning Electron Microscopy

EPP 8223, (3) Hours credit. (Prerequisite: Graduate student, consent of instructor). Two (2) hours lecture. Three (3) hours laboratory. Fall semester. Introduction to the scanning electron microscope and sample preparation methodologies. The course is comprised of both lecture and lab with extensive hands-on specimen preparation techniques for both Life Science and Materials Science samples.

Life Science Samples:
Preparation of tissues by fixation, rinsing, osmication, dehydration, chemical drying (HMDS) and critical point drying (CPD) and coating. Operation of the microscope is covered during weekly training sessions.
* Please see note

Materials Science Samples:
Preparation of materials samples, ex. metals e.g. Access to the following equipment for sample preparation includes; diamond cut off saw, sonicators, sputter coater and plasma cleaner.

*Prudent and proper care in the use of hazardous and known carcinogenic materials used in the courses is emphasized in all steps of the instruction process and monitored constantly.

Transmission Electron Microscopy

ME 8144; EPP 8144, (4) Hours credit. (Prerequisite: consent of instructors). One hour lecture. Six hours laboratory. Spring semester. Introduction to the transmission electron microscope and sample preparation methodologies. The course is comprised of both lecture and lab with extensive hands-on specimen preparation techniques for both Life Science and Materials Science samples.

Life Science Samples:
Preparation of biological samples (e.g. animal tissues, bacteria, DNA, fungi, plant tissues, virus’) by fixation, rinsing, dehydration, embedding, ultramicrotomy, staining, and operation of microscope.
* Please see note

Materials Science Samples:
Preparation of materials samples, ex. metals e.g. Access to the following equipment for sample preparation includes; diamond cut off saw, sonicators, sputter coater and plasma cleaner.

*Prudent and proper care in the use of hazardous and known carcinogenic materials used in the courses is emphasized in all steps of the instruction process and monitored constantly.

Experimental Methods of Materials Research

ABE/CHE/ME 4624/6624, (4) Hours credit. (Prerequisite: CHE 3413 or ABE 3813 or ME 3403 or permission of instructors). Fall Semester. This course serves as an introduction of basic techniques for characterizing materials by collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data obtained by different materials characterization techniques and instruments.

Data collection at the MSU EMC is facilitated by access to the following instrumentation: SEM/EDS, TEM and XRD.

Materials Science Certificate

A Materials Certificate is awarded through the College of Engineering in recognition of the completion of an organized plan of study in the interdisciplinary materials engineering & science areas at MSU. To learn more about the certificate program, courses and procedures, follow the links to any of the faculty advisors listed on the Materials Working Group.
http://www.bagley.msstate.edu/research/materials/