Thursday June 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM CDT
Friday June 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM CDT

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Materials Science Center
Materials Science Building
1509 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Parking options:

(CLOSEST) Lot 17 garage/Engineering Drive ramp (behind the Mechanical Engineering Building).

(IN CASE LOT 17 IS FULL) Union South parking garage (Lot 80) (Entrance off Dayton St.)

You can check parking availability here: http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/lotinfo_occupancy.aspx
Map of the parking structures near the event

Check in - Enter the Materials Science Building from the entrance on University Avenue. Name tags and updated literature will be available at that time.

If you choose to spend the night:

Hotel options:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel       525 West Johnson Street,    Madison, Wisconsin, 53703   TEL:(608)251-5511

Best Western Inntowner        2424 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin, 53726 TEL:(608)233-8778 or (800)528-1234                      Email: info@inntowner.com
Wisconsin Union Hotel         1308 West Dayton Street, Madison, Wisconsin, 53715 TEL:(608)263-2600             Email: hotel@union.wisc.edu

Closest, but only 8 rooms available ($130/night)!
Reservation deadline is May 10, 2014.                             Book under Group code "ENGR"


Jon McCarthy, Ph.D.               Director of Shared Facilities       (608) 263-1073                           E-mail: jjmccarthy@wisc.edu


Erin M. Gill, Ph.D.               Administrative Director             (608) 263-0612                           E-mail: emgill@wisc.edu


Felix P. Lu, Ph.D.                          Asso. Instrumentation Innovator       (608) 263-0612                           E-mail: fplu@wisc.edu

 Thermo Fisher Scientific is an American precision laboratory equipment company that was created in 2006 by the merger of Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific. [Wikipedia] Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $17 billion and 50,000 employees in 50 countries. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Our four premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Life Technologies, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support.

Protochips, Inc. is a rapidly growing early-stage company focused on providing the world's leading materials and life sciences research breakthrough analytical tools for targeted research and development of nano-scale materials. A fundamental problem exists today in that the tools used to observe and the tools used to work with nano-scale materials are separate and independent. A strong market need exists to combine these tools into an integrated platform. Using its own proprietary technology, Protochips is addressing this compelling market need by transforming the most widely used tools in nanotechnology – electron and optical microscopes - from cameras into complete nano-scale laboratories. Our core competency is in the application of semiconductor techniques to the development of MEMS devices capable of providing heat, electrical, liquid and gas environments to samples in situ. Our products enable the study of materials for the life and materials sciences in ways currently not possible, and will ultimately provide the solution for the development and commercialization of revolutionary new nano-scale materials.

Microscopy Innovations, LLC is life science tools company founded in 2007 to create novel products for microscopy laboratories.
Our mPrep™ product line offers significant improvements in specimen preparation, handling and storage. Our current products are used primarily in electron microscopy. Future products will extend technology into light microscopy applications. The  core mPrep technology is covered by US patents, as well as pending US and international patents.



UW Madison is hosting  a Shared Instrumentation Facilities open house on Thursday and Friday, June 5-6, 2014,  to increase awareness of the unique and broad spectrum of capabilities within our characterization and fabrication laboratories.  The open house is held in conjunction with the Midwest Microscopy and Microanalysis Society meeting (M3S) on in situ microscopy of materials,  on Friday, June 6th, 2014 only (M3S Registration information).

The open house will be held in the Materials Science Building with specific functions next door in the Mechanical Engineering Building (final details to be announced when you check in).

  • Would you like a more comprehensive overview of the instrumental capabilities available on campus for your use?
  • Do you have specific questions on how our broad spectrum of capabilities can help your research or product development?
  • Do you need some specific contract work done but don't have the bandwidth to do it yourself?

Join us for tours, demos, refreshments and research & operations discussions involving the materials characterization and fabrication facilities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Engineering Quad.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jon McCarthy, Director of Shared Instrument Facilities.


Event itinerary

     Notes:  MSC = Materials Science Center, which resides on the first floor of the Materials Science Building (MSB). The "Lobby" is easily accessible from  the north side of the building entrance closest to University Avenue.

Bruker Corporation is a manufacturer of scientific instruments for molecular and materials research, as well as for industrial and applied analysis. It is headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts and is the publicly traded parent company of Bruker Scientific Instruments (Bruker AXS, Bruker BioSpin, Bruker Daltonics and Bruker Optics) and Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies (BEST) divisions. [Wikipedia]

Carl Zeiss AG is a German manufacturer of optical systems, industrial measurements and medical devices. Together with Ernst Abbe (joined 1866) and Otto Schott (joined 1884) they built a base for modern optics and manufacturing. There are currently two parts of the company, Carl Zeiss AG located in Oberkochen with important subsidiaries in Aalen, Göttingen and Munich, and Carl Zeiss GmbH located in Jena. Zeiss is one of the oldest optics manufacturers in the world. [Wikipedia]


EDAX is a leading provider of innovative materials characterization systems encompassing Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD), Wavelength Dispersive Spectrometry (WDS), and Micro X-ray Fluorescence (Micro-XRF).
EDAX products include stand alone tools, integrated tools for EDS-EBSD, EDS-WDS, and EDS-EBSD-WDS, and a free-standing Micro-XRF bench-top elemental analyzer providing small and micro-spot X-ray analysis and mapping.


Angstrom Scientific Inc., is a distributor and mannufacturer's representative focused on providing characterization solutions to the nanotechnology marketplace in the Americas. We provide not only sales but complete customer support, marketing, service and warranty support, applications and training as well as supplying spare parts as well as consumables. Additionally, we are active as a buyer, seller and refurbisher of used electron microscopes and FIB systems.


With more than 60 years of innovation and leadership, FEI enables customers to find meaningful answers to questions that accelerate breakthrough discoveries, increase productivity, and ultimately change the world. FEI designs, manu­factures, and supports the broadest range of high-performance microscopy workflows that provide images and answers in the micro-, nano-, and picometer scales. Combining hardware and software expertise in electron, ion, and light microscopy with deep application knowledge in the materials science, life sci­ences, electronics, and natural resources markets, the worldwide FEI team of 2,700+ employees is dedicated to customers' pursuit of discovery and resolution to global challenges.


Gatan, Inc. is the leading supplier of systems and software to enhance the operation of electron microscopes. For nearly 50 years, we have worked with our customers to define applications needs and to deliver outstanding solutions across TEM, SEM and sample preparation.


 The HORIBA Group of worldwide companies provides an extensive array of instruments and systems for applications ranging from automotive R&D, process and environmental monitoring, in-vitro medical diagnostics, semiconductor manufacturing and metrology, to a broad range of scientific R&D and QC measurements. Proven quality and trustworthy performance have established widespread confidence in the HORIBA Brand.


JEOL is a leading global supplier of electron microscopes, ion beam instruments, mass spectrometers and NMR spectrometers.

JEOL instruments are helping to advance scientific research throughout the world. JEOL instruments support discoveries in virology, biological and medical research, drug discovery and genomics, national defense, forensics, failure analysis, nanotechnology, and novel materials.

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