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      Michigan Tech receives grant for microscope

      Michigan Tech University is on its way to getting a $1.7 million transmission electron microscope (TEM).

      The cost of the TEM will be covered by a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation and approximately $500,000 in matching funds provided by the College of Engineering, the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

      "This will bring us to the forefront of electron microscopy," says Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, the principal investigator on the project. "The new TEM will not only give researchers the ability to study atomic structure, it will also identify chemical composition with sensitivity close to a single atom."

      Currently, researchers at Michigan Tech travel hundreds of miles to use TEMs at other institutions for their research projects.