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FIB/TEM Short Course: Basics of the Method and its Applications by Dr. Richard Wirth (GFZ-Potsdam, Germany).

Mon Jun 5, 09:00 - Fri Jun 9, 16:45

University of the Western Cape, School of Public Health building rooms 1A&B


Why? The course aims to familiarize scientists with the focussed ion beam (FIB) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques and demonstrate the capabilities and applications in geology and adjacent disciplines.

Who can attend? The course suits researchers, instrument technicians, industry professionals, and postgraduate students working on geological materials in geo-biosciences, chemistry, material sciences, and other relevant subjects.

Structure of the course:

Theory (5-6 June): Applying FIB-TEM techniques and data interpretation requires some basic knowledge of physics in TEM and FIB application. That basic theory will be covered in the first part of the workshop. The theoretical background should enable one to understand better and evaluate own TEM data. 

Application of TEM in (Bio) Geosciences (7-9 June): The second part of the planned workshop is three-day long and will be focussed on practical applications of the method and will be case-based. Amongst others, the course will answer the questions: What research projects would be appropriate for these applications? How to process the data, and what conclusions to make based on the results? 


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Program of the event

Mon, 05 Jun 08:00 AM - Fri, 09 Jun 05:00 PM
Focussed Ion Beam/Transmission Electron Microscopy Short Course UWC’23

Monday 5.6.                                                                                                               
Registration and Welcome of Participants                          08:30-09:00
Prof. Burtram Fielding, Dean of Natural Sciences, UWC
                Official Welcome Address                                     09:00-09:10
Dr. Elizaveta Kovaleva, Earth Sciences, UWC
                Introduction of the Speaker                                  09:10-09:15
Dr. Richard Wirth, GFZ-Potsdam
                 Introduction and Technical Development           09:15-10:15
                 Coffee break                                                           10:15-10:45
                 TEM Instrumentation                                             10:45-11:45
                  Lunch break                                                            11:45-13:15
                  Electron Scattering                                               13:15-14:15
                  Coffee break                                                           14:15-14:45
                  Electron Diffraction                                              14:45-15:45

Tuesday 6.6.                                                                                                              
                  Contrast Theory                                                     09:00-10:00
                  Coffee break                                                            10:00-10:30
                   HREM                                                                      10:30-11:30
                   Lunch break                                                             11:30-13:00
                   Analytical Electron Microscopy                            13:00-14:00
                   Coffee break                                                             14:00-14:30
                   EELS                                                                        14:30-15:30
                   Short comfort break                                                  15:30-15:45
                   FIB Basics                                                                15:45-16:15

Wednesday 7.6.                                                                                                          
                    FIB and Applications                                             09:00-10:00
                    Coffee break                                                            10:00-10:30
                     Nano-inclusions in Geomaterials                        10:30-11:30
                     Lunch break                                                            11:30-13:00
                     Crystal Defects                                                      13:00-15:00
                     Coffee break                                                            15:00-15:30                                  Micro- and Nanostructures in Minerals              15:30-16:30

Thursday 8.6.                                                                                                             
                     Grain and Phase Boundaries                                09:00-11:00
                     Coffee break                                                             11:00-11:30
                      Micro- and Nano-inclusions in Diamond             11:30-12:30
                      Lunch break                                                             12:30-14:00
                      Exsolution Features                                               14:00-15:00
                      Coffee break                                                             15:00-15:30
                      Exsolution Features (cont.)                                   15:30-16:30

Friday 9.6.                                                                                                                   
                      Symplectites                                                            09:00-11:00
                      Coffee break                                                             11:00-11:30
                       Microstructure and Geochronology                    11:30-12:30
                       Lunch break                                                            12:30-14:00
                       Geobiology                                                            14:00-15:00
                       Coffee break                                                           15:00-15:30
                       Exploring Solid State Materials                           15:30-16:30
Dr. Elizaveta Kovaleva, Earth Sciences, UWC
                       Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks                 16:30-16:40


FIB/TEM Short Course: Basics of the Method and its Applications by Dr. Richard Wirth (GFZ-Potsdam, Germany).
University of the Western Cape, School of Public Health building rooms 1A&B
Robert Sobukwe Rd, Bellville, Cape Town, 7535
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