UTSA Kleberg Advanced Microscopy Center (KAMC)

KAMC Operations Update during COVID-19 Pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 situation nationwide, KAMC is adopting feasible measures in order to comply with CDC current recommendations on social distancing.

Effective immediately, KAMC will be subject to the following restrictions.

  • All External Users outside of the San Antonio metropolitan are restricted from accessing KAMC facilities. 
  • Internal Users who have traveled domestically and/or internationally are restricted from accessing KAMC facilities.
  • Internal Users who feel unwell must not come to KAMC.
  • Only trained users will be allowed to reserve usage through iLabs.
  • Due to the fact that all equipment is in close proximity, for your safety and the safety of the core staff, we will halt all training and assisted use until further notice.
  • Maintain at least 6-feet (2-meters) distance between yourself, other users and KAMC staff.
  • Only one person per instrument/or per room at the time to allow for sufficient distancing between users and KAMC staff.
  • All users are required to use one set of gloves per instrument usage. A supply of gloves are located near each instrument.
  • Users must clean any surfaces that have been touched without the gloves (e.g computer, buttons, equipment, doorknobs) by Clorox wipes or using ethanol and Kimwipes.
  • KAMC staff can image your samples on a limited basis at the assisted rate on the following instruments: 2010 TEM, SEM SU5500, SEM 1510, AFMs, XRD, Raman.
  • Allow 30 min buffer time between your and the previous User’s reservation.
  • General communication between Users and Staff should be done via email.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this time. Please email KAMC@utsa.edu if you have any questions.

Overview of Services

KAMC houses state-of-the-art instruments in electron microscopy and other advanced characterization equipment. The center supports world-class research in nanotechnology, biology, chemistry and materials sciences. Our facility includes an aberration-corrected microscope in the STEM mode JEOL ARM 200F with a spatial resolution of 78 picometers. High-resolution electron microscopes such as a field emission gun JEOL 2010F and a STEM Hitachi S5500 as well as probe microscopes and X-ray diffraction. The Center is focused on high-resolution imaging, electron diffraction, electron holography, electron tomography, and EELS. In addition, the center has capabilities for in situ electron microscopy. List of core instruments:

  • JEOL ARM200F TEM/STEM
  • JEOL 2010F TEM
  • JEOL 1230 TEM
  • Hitachi S5500 SEM/STEM
  • Hitachi SU1510 VP-SEM
  • Zeiss Crossbeam 340 FIB-SEM
  • Horiba Raman Microspectrometer
  • Veeco Nanoscope Multimode V AFM
  • Veeco Innova AFM
  • Rigaku Ultima IV XRD
  • Panalytical Empyrean XRD Diffractometer

Contact Information

KAMC@utsa.edu

University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Training Policies

  1. All users must undergo training on the use of instrumentation prior to having access to the facility. The amount of training will vary depending upon user experience.  
  2.  The core also offers personal in-depth training in methods of image processing and analysis using data acquired by the user. While this level of training is not required in order to obtain independent access to instrumentation, it is highly recommended. All training is done by appointment and requests should be made by completing the following form.
  3.  Upon the completion of training, an internal user will be granted access to the main entrance door and to each room housing the instrumentation for which the user is trained to use independently.
  4.  Under no circumstances should an authorized user lend their ID card to another individual or swipe their ID card in order to grant the unauthorized user access to the imaging center. Any unauthorized access to instrumentation will result in the suspension of all user privileges.
  5.  All work areas should be left clean, regardless if another user is to come on the system following your reserved time slot.
  6.  Data is NOT indefinitely stored on the local acquisition computer. It is uploaded regularly to our dedicated server and removed from the microscope computer. Data management is a component of user training.

Core Acknowledgment Policies

If you used the equipment within KAMC to generate data for your manuscript, please use the following examples to help format your acknowledgment. 

"The authors acknowledge the University of Texas at San Antonio Kleberg Advanced Microscopy Center for support during this work."

"The authors would like to thank Dr. FirstName LastName (Kleberg Advanced Microscopy Center, University of Texas at San Antonio) for technical support."

New User Access

*Non-UTSA includes UT-System/In-Network, Higher-Ed/Non-Profit, & Commercial/For-Profit customers.

Contacts

Name Role Phone Email Location
Ana Stevanovic
Core Technical Director
 
(210) 458-8735
 
kamc@utsa.edu
 
AET 3.218
 
Jason Guiliani
Instrument Support (XRDs, AFMS, Raman)
 
(210) 458-2017
 
kamc@utsa.edu
 
AET 3.228
 
Kelly Nash
Scientific Advisory Board Chair
 

 

 

 

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