Purdue Electron Microscopy Facility

Overview of Services


Aphid - Cryo SEM


The Purdue Electron Microscopy Facility at Purdue University is a campus-wide core facility. Eqipment and microscopes are located in three separate buildings - Whistler, Birck and Armstrong. An advisory committee provides direction on facilities and procedures. biscuit

 The main functions of the facility are to provide equipment, training, space, advice, and expertise so that researchers can come to the laboratories to conduct their research efficiently. There are both self-use  and service options available. The facility contains research equipment for use by students, faculty, postdocs, and service staff.
Technology in the facility provides capabilities for transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and dual SEM/ Ion beam systems. Equipment is available for cryo sample preparation (high pressure freezing and freeze substitution, ultramicrotomy, critical point drying, vacuum evaporation, sputter coating,and ion polishing  Staff in the facility provide expertise in a wide range of specialized preparation techniques  and are always happy to help.



Getting Started

Projects begin with a discussion.  This is usually between the facility director and the researcher and ideally their mentor/PI. The goal of the discussion is to talk over the science questions of the project. Instrumentation needs and protocols come after that discussion.
The first decision is will the work be done independently, with assistance or as a service.If independent then we will arrange training. Training is always one-on-one at a mutually agreeable time. Also the training is carried out with the users real samples. After training, users will be able to make their own reservations using the iLab calendars. If service will be used then we will arrange to complete and exchange project details within iLAb software.



Christopher J Gilpin Ph.D.
Phone: (765)494-7750
Email: gilpin@purdue.edu

Rosa Diaz Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
Phone (765)496-1075
Email: rdiazri@purdue.edu

Laurie Mueller
Research Assistant
Phone: (765)494-6666
Email: muelle16@purdue.edu

Robert Seiler (Bob)
Research Assistant
Phone: (765)494-6666
Email: seilerr@purdue.edu


Location and hours of operation

Hours Location


Hours Open
24/7 With swipe card access

Hours Staffed



Whistler Hall of Agricultural Research
170 S. University St
West Lafayette, IN 47906


Birck Nanotechnology Center

1205 West State Street

West Lafayette, IN  49707-2057

Links and Resources

Our web site

Facility use guidelines


Name Role Phone Email Location
Christopher J Gilpin
Whistler S052
Laurie M Mueller
Research Assistant
Whistler S054
Robert Seiler
Research Assistant
Whistler S054
Rosa Diaz
Staff Scientist

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