Microscopy Workshop

About the Workshop

  • Friday, March 21 from 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Program takes place in Mallory Hall, in the MMRL Lab and lectures in various rooms (View the full agenda)

We invite beginners and intermediate-level microscopists to a one-day workshop co-sponsored by the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University and Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc. This workshop combines presentations on the basic principles and applications of electron microscopy and hands-on laboratories involving scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and sample preparation techniques. Users seeking to become independent operators of electron microscopes or those seeking advice on techniques, instrumentation, and sample preparation methods are encouraged to attend.

Topics to be addressed include scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microsope imaging, X-ray microanalysis and compositional mapping, and specimen thin/ultrathin section preparation. The morning seminars will focus on techniques and instrumentation. The afternoon practical sessions will provide hands-on experience operating electron microscopes and preparing samples. Attendees are welcome to bring their own samples.


  1. Presentations on light and electron microscopy theory and applications
  2. Microscopy and sample preparation demonstrations
  3. Exhibits and demonstrations by Hitachi High Technologies Inc.

Download the 2014 Workshop Flyer PDF



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You will be able to park in the Red Hawk Parking deck. You can also view walking directions from the Red Hawk Deck to Mallory Hall.


Morning sessions in Mallory Hall, Room 155

8:30am - 9:15am
Registration and Breakfast
9:15am - 9:30am
Welcome Remarks
Dr. Robert Prezant, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, Montclair State University
Mr. Michael Kwon, Northeast Sales Manager, Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc.
9:30am - 12:00pm
9:30am - 10:15am
Applications of electron microscopy in life and material sciences
Dr. Laying Wu, Director, Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Laboratory
10:15am - 11:00am
SEM Analytical Solutions beyond EDS -- EBSD, WDS, XRF and CT
Mr. Robert Brandom, Bruker AXS Inc.
11:00am - 11:15am
11:15am - 12:00pm
An Overview of the Imaging and Analytical Capabilities of VP-SEM and 120kV TEM, and Introduction of Latest EM Technologies
Ms. Lynn Blubaugh and Mr. Sammy Nozaki, Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc.
12:00pm - 1:00pm
(lunch is provided in Mallory Hall Room 155)
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Afternoon Laboratory Sessions in Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Laboratory, Mallory Hall 
(You will select one session when registering) 
  1. Scanning electron microscope imaging and x-ray microanalysis (Mallory Hall 154B)
    Operator: Dr. Stefanie Brachfeld, Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, Montclair State University
  2. Preparation of thin and ultra-thin section samples for transmission electron microscopy (Mallory Hall 163)
    Operator: Dr. Laying Wu, College of Science and Mathematics, Montclair State University
  3. Atomic Force Microscopy (Mallory Hall 154A)
    Operator: Dr. David Talaga and Mr. Michael Munoz, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Montclair State University
  4. Observation of sub-micron and nano-scale materials using transmission electron microscopy (Mallory Hall 156)
    Operator: Ms. Lynn Blubaugh, Hitachi TEM Applications Engineer
  5. Light microscope theory, alignment, and imaging with digital CCD cameras (Mallory Hall 161)
    Operator: Mr. Mel Brenner, Light Microscopy Specialist, Zeiss Hitech Instruments Inc.
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 4:15pm
Demonstrations and Exhibits
Hitachi TM3030 Tabletop SEM demonstration and Q & A By Hitachi High Technologies of America, Inc. and Angstrom Scientific (Mallory Hall 161)
4:15pm - 4:30pm
Closing Remarks and Discussion on Future Workshop Topics (Mallory Hall 161)

Download the 2014 Workshop Agenda PDF

For more information contact Laying Wu: