MSC Open House

Stop by the Millennium Science Complex (MSC) on May 31, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. for a core facility open house.  Join us in the 3rd floor Café Commons of the MSC building where you’ll have the opportunity to meet MCL, Nanofab, and Huck technical staff to learn about new capabilities, and watch instrument demos.

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Summer Lecture and Workshop Series

2022 MCL Workshops

On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer MCL staff will be offering a series of free, one-hour lectures and workshops on various characterization topics. These will include a mixture of basic overviews of techniques aimed at anyone interested in these methods and more focused workshops primarily aimed at users that are currently trained in a technique but want to pursue a more advanced skill. The May offerings are listed below. June, July, and August offerings will be released soon. If you would like to suggest a specific topic, please contact Josh Stapleton (jjs366@psu.edu) or Jeff Shallenberger (jxs124@psu.edu).

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MAY SCHEDULE

LECTURE

May 17 - Tuesday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Introduction to X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)

This lecture is aimed at anyone with an interest in learning about X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The principle of the technique will be discussed and the advantages and disadvantages along with case studies. 

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LECTURE

May 19 - Thursday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Intro to Focused Ion Beam

The focused ion beam (FIB) is a complement to a scanning electron microscope (SEM).  The two can be used to observe the subsurface structure and make site-specific modifications.  FIB also enables one to 1) perform complex patterning, 2) make site-specific cross-sections, 3) prepare transmission electron microscopy (TEM) samples and 4) observe the 3D structure by serial sectioning.  This talk is geared toward those who want to hear the types of problems that can be solved with the FIB. 

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LECTURE

May 24 - Tuesday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Overview of XPS Curve Fitting

This lecture introduces curve fitting of XPS data. It is aimed at people who are currently generating XPS data or processing data generated on their behalf. It is meant to be combined with the hands-on Workshop on "Curve fitting using CasaXPS Software". It will discuss constraining of fitting parameters, asymmetric vs symmetric line shapes, and checking the validity of your fits. 

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WORKSHOP

May 26 - Thursday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Curve Fitting XPS Spectra Using CasaXPS

Bring your laptop pre-loaded with CasaXPS software to this workshop.  It is aimed at people who are currently processing XPS data. Some model raw data files will be shared ahead of the workshop and we will work through the process of curve fitting various examples. If you are interested but do not yet have CasaXPS software, please contact Jeff Shallenberger (jxs124@psu.edu) prior to the workshop. 

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JUNE SCHEDULE

LECTURE June 2 - Thursday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Nuances and Complications in IR Data Interpretation

This lecture goes over some simple strategies in interpreting FT-IR spectra. We will discuss the factors that influence peak positions and widths, and go over ways of assigning peaks.

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LECTURE

June 7 - Tuesday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Raman Analysis of Carbon Materials - Crystallinity, SP2/SP3 Ratio, Defect Type

Raman spectroscopy is one of the most referenced techniques when determining structure or defects in carbon materials. However, countless papers will reference the D/G peak intensity ratio from the Raman spectrum of carbon materials without the realization or acknowledgment that this ratio is non-monotonic with respect to the amorphitization trajectory of carbon. Come find out the correct method for interpreting defects in carbon materials and all that can be revealed through Raman analysis of carbon materials.

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WORKSHOP June 9 - Thursday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
OPUS FTIR Data Processing

This will go over some simple data processing function available in OPUS, such as peak fitting, integration, Fourier transforms and apodization.

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LECTURE

June 14 - Tuesday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Introduction to AFM-IR

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WORKSHOP June 16 - Thursday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
LabSpec6 Processing, Peak Fitting and Analysis

This workshop is intended for current Raman users.

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LECTURE June 21 - Tuesday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Intro to AFM

This is an introduction to AFM lecture. It is aimed at anyone that is interested in learning about AFM and how it works.

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WORKSHOP June 23 - Thursday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Thin Film Characterization with X-Ray Reflectivity (XRR)

Workshop on the non-destructive characterization of thin film samples using X-Ray Reflectivity (XRR) to determine film thickness, density, and roughness information of heterostructure samples.

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WORKSHOP June 28 - Tuesday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
AFM Data Analysis with Nanocope Analysis and Gwyiddion

A workshop on AFM data analysis with Nanoscope Analysis and Gwyddion.

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JULY SCHEDULE

WORKSHOP

July 7 - Thursday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Review Phase ID Whole Pattern Fitting Powder XRD Patterns Using Jade Software

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LECTURE

July 12 - Tuesday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)

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LECTURE

July 14 - Thursday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
In-situ TEM

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WORKSHOP July 19 - Tuesday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Diel

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LECTURE July 21 - Thursday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Basic Principles of Powder X-ray Diffraction

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LECTURE July 26 - Tuesday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Introduction to Auger Spectroscopy

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WORKSHOP July 28 - Thursday
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Diel

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