CAMI houses:

  • 2 scanning electron microscopes (SEM)
    • JEOL 840a
    • Zeiss Supra 35VP
  • 3 transmission electron microscopes (TEM)
    • JEOL 1200
    • JEOL 2100
    • Zeiss 10C
  • 3 laser scanning confocal microscopes
    • Olympus FV500
    • Nikon PCM 2000
    • Zeiss 710
  • 1 deconvolution light microscope (Olympus IX-81)
  • 1 wide-field multimode light microscope (Olympus AX-70)
  • 1 fluorescence stereoscope system (Olympus SZX-12)


Reserve Equipment

Both SEMs are equipped with an energy-dispersive x-ray microanalysis (EDAX EDAM & Genesis 2000); one SEM has an electron back scattered diffraction system (HKL EBSD). The JEOL 2100 STEM has energy-dispersive x-ray microanalysis (Bruker), electron energy loss spectroscopy (Gatan EELS) and energy selective imaging (ESI Gatan GIF). One confocal is mounted horizontally (Nikon PCM 2000) and one confocal has full spectral imaging (Zeiss 710). All electron microscopes are covered under service contracts.

CAMI has a diversity of computer and digital imaging/analysis capabilities. The facility is hard wired with category 6 ethernet which provides for its own local area gigabit network as well as providing access throughout the Miami University network and the Internet.

Digital images can be captured from a diversity of input sources including direct digitizing from:

  • microscopes
  • video cameras
  • VCRs
  • copystand dSLR cameras
  • high resolution film and flatbed scanners (prints and negatives)

Image manipulation/analysis software includes:

  • Image Pro Plus
  • Global Lab Imaging
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Corel Presentations
  • Corel Photopaint
  • and others

Images can be output via high resolution and wide-format printers:

  • Epson 9600
  • Lexmark Optra Rn+ laser printer
  • Kodak 8650PS dye sublimation printer
  • Mitsubishi CP700 dye sublimation printer
  • Epson stylus photo ink jet printers
  • Polaroid 7000 Film recorder

Data storage is handled via 4 TB of on-line storage, DVD or CD-ROM recording.

In addition to being fully equipped for conventional specimen preparations, CAMI is specialized for cryo-preservation techniques. CAMI houses one of the few high-pressure freezing units in North America (Balzers HFP 010), a propane jet freezing unit (RMC MF7200), a slam freezer (Pelco "Gentleman Jim"), and an automated freeze-substitution system (Reichert CSAuto).

In addition, the facility has 26+ pieces of specimen preparation equipment and 4 fully-equipped darkrooms.

A small library of journals and books is also available.