Last week, Hillsboro-based FEI Co. announced it has completed the installation of high-end electron microscopes at Simon Fraser University’s new Centre for Soft Materials.

The advanced FEI systems that were installed include transmission electron microscopes and scanning electron microscopes with a focused ion beam.

These systems join several other FEI microscopes in the 4D LABS facility in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the new multi-million dollar center is housed.

“To accommodate the unique needs of soft materials processing and characterization, Simon Fraser University’s 4D LABS has partnered with Canada’s Western Economic Diversification, the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation, Systems for Research and FEI to create the Centre for Soft Materials,” said Byron Gates, associate professor and Canada research chairman in surface chemistry, Department of Chemistry at Simon Fraser, which is based in Burnaby, British Columbia. “We are implementing specialized microscope equipment and methods optimized for ‘soft’ materials that are easily damaged by high-energy particle beam analytical techniques.

“Materials in this vital class range from simple polymers and composites to cells and tissues. By improving our understanding of them we will be better able to design new materials and products for applications that include medicine, clean energy, information technology and many more.”

FEI designs, manufactures and supports a broad range of high-performance microscopy that provides images at the micro-, nano- and picometer scales.

FEI has more than 2,500 employees and sales and has service operations in more than 50 countries around the world.

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