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Kuiper-Arizona Laboratory for Astromaterials Analysis

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Materials research and student training at large land-grant universities like the University of Arizona require routine access to state-of-the-art instrumentation that combines 2D- and 3D-analysis of composition and structure from cm to atomic length scales. Information on atomic structure, crystal chemistry, and spatial relationships is critical to understanding structure/property relationships of engineered materials as well as the origins of earth and planetary materials.

The Kuiper-Arizona Laboratory for Astromaterials Analysis is located in the sub-basement of the Gerard P. Kuiper building for Space Sciences, which was constructed in 1966 with funds provided by NASA. Located approximately 30 ft. below ground and slab-on-grade, the basement was renovated and repurposed to house electron and ion microscopes. The Kuiper Materials Imaging and Characterization Facility serves the entire UA community, including regional private- and public-sector users.

The Michael J. Drake Electron Microprobe Laboratory is part of this facility.

Please contact the facility for the exact wording to use in grants or publications.

"We gratefully acknowledge the NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (grants #1531243 and #0619599), the NSF Division of Earth Sciences, Instrumentation and Facilities Program (grant #EAR-0841669), the NASA Planetary Major Equipiment Program (grants #NNX12AL47G, #NNX15AJ22G and #NNX07AI520), and the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Arizona for funding instrumentation. In addition, we gratefully acknowledge Hitachi as a corporate partner."

Core Staff
Yao-Jen (Jerry) Chang, PhD TEM and SEM Lab Manager, Kuiper Imaging Facility (UA Lunar & Planetary Lab) 520-621-2974 ychang1@arizona.edu
Zoe Zeszut, MS FIB, 3400 SEM and Raman Lab Manager, Kuiper Imaging Facility (UA Lunar & Planetary Lab) 520-621-1125 zzeszut@lpl.arizona.edu
University of Arizona Lunar & Planetary Lab

This facility is administered by the Lunar and Planetary Lab of the College of Science at the University of Arizona.