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MIMIC Opening Celebration: February 2, 2007
The MTSU Interdisciplinary Microanalysis and Imaging Center (MIMIC) is a core facility for microscopy and other characterization equipment that is centrally located in the Forrest Hall Annex and housed administratively in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. This shared resource for research in structural biology and materials science is scheduled to be fully operational by early Fall 2006. The Center is run on a fee-for-usage basis. Currently part-time Technical and Administrative Directors as well as a part-time Technical Manager are associated with the facility. An Advisory Board reviews and approves policy and procedures for Center operation. The renovation of the space has been funded by the President’s Office, the Provosts Office, MTSU Foundation Special Projects Committee, which generously awarded its entire 2005-2006 budget to the project, matching funds from an NSF-funded instrument, the Dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Technology & Industrial Studies, Geosciences, and the College of Liberal Arts. This represents the most inclusive collaborative effort in science at MTSU to date, aside from the new science building.

Location

MTSU Interdisciplinary Microanalysis and Imaging Center (MIMIC) is located in the ROTC Annex, the building behind Keathley University Center. There are two sides of the center: the west side contains microscopy equipment, a conference room, technician office, data analysis stations, and a preparation lab. The east side houses inductively coupled mass spectrometry equipment and an enclosed clean preparation laboratory.

Instrumentation

Among the microscopes available for use are:
Hitachi H-7650 Transmission Electron Microscope.
Hitachi S-3400 Scanning Electron Microscope with
Oxford INCA Energy 200 Dispersive X-Ray Analyzer
Both electron microscopes are all-digital and have remote access capability

Other equipment

Perkin-Elmer Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer

In addition, the following items are also available for use:
Ultramicrotome (Leica Ultracut)
Critical Point Dryer (Polaron)
Knife-maker (Leica EM KMR2)
Sputter coater (Hummer 6.2)
Vacuum evaporator (Ladd)
Rototorque rotator, microcentrifuge
Biosafety II cabinet

All of the instruments in MIMIC will be used in both research and for instruction. In fact, the SEM and TEM are fitted with remote access hardware and software so that they may be run from locations on and off campus. A technician is associated with the center to train users, and to aid in sample preparation, data gathering and analysis, accounting, and scheduling.

Since it is intended to promote interdisciplinary collaborations, MIMIC contains a conference room for discussions and some office space for users to analyze data.

For general information, please contact:
Dr. Ngee Sing Chong, Ph.D.
Administrative Director, MIMIC
email: nchong@mtsu.edu
phone: (615) 898-5487

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