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Clemson University Electron Microscopy Laboratory is a multi-user service and scientific user laboratory that provides instrumentation and scientific expertise for electron/ion microscopy based integrated experimental analysis resources significantly contributing in to the discovery and technological innovation needs at CU, state of South Carolina, private industries and the nation. The EM Lab has some of the most-advanced electron microscopes that will further the university’s leadership in nanotechnology, toxicology, geochemistry, biological and materials research. These electron microscopes enhance the university’s ability to conduct research and advanced sample preparation for industry partners and academia. The ability to offer private companies the chance to examine and analyze materials for research and development on such sophisticated equipment also allow the university to forge working relationships with a wide array of industrial sectors.

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Recent Publications with EM Staff Members

“Evidence for Edge-State Photoluminescence in Graphene Quantum Dots”,
Kiran Lingam, Ramakrishna Podila, Haijun Qian, Steven Serkiz, Apparao M. Rao

“Efficient Fluorescence Quenching in Carbon Dots by Surface-Doped Metals - Disruption of Excited State Redox Processes and Mechanistic Implications”,
Juan Xu, Sushant Sahu, Li Cao, Christopher E. Bunker, Ge Peng, Yamin Liu, K. A. Shiral Fernando, Ping Wang, Elena A. Guliants, Mohammed J. Meziani, Haijun Qian, Ya-Ping Sun
Langmuir, 2012, 28 (46), pp 16141–16147

“Polymeric nanocomposites with graphene sheets – Materials and device for superior thermal transport properties”,
Wei-Li Song, L. Monica Veca, Chang Yi Kong, Sayata Ghoseb, John W. Connell, Ping Wang, Li Cao, Yi Lina, Mohammed J. Meziania, Haijun Qian, Gregory E. LeCroy, Ya-Ping Sun,
Polymer, 2012, 53(18), pp3910–3916

“Polymer/carbon nanocomposites for enhanced thermal transport properties – carbon nanotubes versus graphene sheets as nanoscale fillers”,
Wei-Li Song, Wei Wang, L. Monica Veca, Chang Yi Kong, Mao-Sheng Cao, Ping Wang, Mohammed J. Meziani, Haijun Qian, Gregory E. LeCroy, Li Caoa and Ya-Ping Sun,
Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2012, 22, pp17133-17139

“Surface-Driven Sodium Ion Energy Storage in Nanocellular Carbon Foams”
Yuyan Shao, Jie Xiao , Wei Wang , Mark Engelhard , Xilin Chen , Zimin Nie , Meng Gu , Laxmikant V. Saraf , Gregory Exarhos , Ji-Guang Zhang , and Jun Liu
Nano Letters, 2013, 13 (8), pp 3909–3914 DOI: 10.1021/nl401995a

“Molecular structures of polymer/sulfur composites for lithium–sulfur batteries with long cycle life”
Lifen Xiao, Yuliang Cao, Jie Xiao, Birgit Schwenzer, Mark H. Engelhard, Laxmikant V. Saraf, Zimin Nie, Gregory J. Exarhos and Jun Liu
Journal of Material Chemistry. A , 2013, 1, 9517-9526

“In situ SEM and ToF-SIMS analysis of IgG conjugated gold nanoparticles at aqueous surfaces”
Li Yang, Zihua Zhu, Xiao-Ying Yu, Eugene Rodek, Lax Saraf, Theva Thevuthasan, J. P. Cowin
Surface and Interface Analysis, 2013, DOI: 10.1002/sia.5252

“Chemical imaging analysis of environmental particles using the focused ion beam/scanning electron microscopy technique: microanalysis insights into atmospheric chemistry of fly ash”
Haihan Chen, Vicki H. Grassian, Laxmikant V. Saraf and Alexander Laskin
Analyst , 2013, 138, 451-460

Evaluation of nanostructured vanadium(V) oxide in catalytic oxidations in Nanostructured V2O5
Eric T. Drew, Yang Yang, Samuel A. Rackley, Julia A. Russo, JoAn Hudson, McKenzie L. Campbell, Patrik Schmuki and Daniel C. Whitehead
Catalysis Science & Technology, 2013, DOI: 10.1039/c3cy00183k

Recent Research Publications using EM Lab Capabilities

“Development of Luminescent pH Sensor Films for Monitoring Bacterial Growth Through Tissue”
Fenglin Wang, Yash Raval, Hongyu Chen, Tzuen-Rong J. Tzeng, John D. DesJardins, Jeffrey N. Anker1,
Advanced Healthcare Materials, 2013, DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201300101

“Synthesis of Brightly PEGylated Luminescent Magnetic Upconversion Nanophosphors for Deep Tissue and Dual MRI Imaging”
Hongyu Chen, Bin Qi, Thomas Moore, Daniel C. Colvin, Thomas Crawford, John C. Gore, Frank Alexis, O. Thompson Mefford, Jeffrey N. Anker
Small, 2013, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201300828

“Optimized statically non-wetting hydrophobic electrospun surface of perfluorocyclobutyl aryl ether polymer”
Rajneesh Verma, Stephen Creager, John Ballato, Dennis W Smith Jr
Polymer International, 2013, DOI: 10.1002/pi.4529

“Examination of the effect of alpha radiolysis on plutonium(V) sorption to quartz using multiple plutonium isotopes”
Amy E. Hixon, Yuji Arai, Brian A. Powell,
Journal of colloid and interface science, Volume 403, 1 August 2013, Pages 105–112

“Multifunctional Polymer-Coated Carbon Nanotubes for Safe Drug Delivery”
Thomas L. Moore, Joshua E. Pitzer, Ramakrishna Podila, Xiaojia Wang, Robert L. Lewis, Stuart W. Grimes, James R. Wilson, Even Skjervold , Jared M. Brown, Apparao Rao and Frank Alexis
Part. Part. Syst. Charact. 2013, 30, 365–373

“Monitoring pH-Triggered Drug Release from Radioluminescent Nanocapsules with X-ray Excited Optical Luminescence”
Hongyu Chen, Thomas Moore, Bin Qi, Daniel C. Colvin, Erika K. Jelen, Dale A. Hitchcock, Jian He , O. Thompson Mefford, John C. Gore, Frank Alexis, and Jeffrey N. Anker
ACS Nano, 2013, 7 (2), pp 1178–1187

“Altered Host Cell–Bacteria Interaction due to Nanoparticle Interaction with a Bacterial Biofilm”
Tara D. Raftery & Heidi Lindler & Tamara L. McNealy
Microb Ecol (2013) 65:496–503

“Pockels’ coefficients of alumina in aluminosilicate optical fiber”
Peter D. Dragic, John Ballato, Stephanie Morris, Thomas Hawkins
J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, 2013, 30, 2, 244-250.

“All-glass optical fibers derived from sapphire "
Peter D. Dragic ; Thomas Hawkins ; Paul Foy ; Stephanie Morris and John Ballato
2013, Proc. SPIE 8601, Fiber Lasers X: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 86010I; doi:10.1117/12.999361

“Carbon black modification of mesophase pitch-based carbon fibers”
Rebecca M. Alway-Coopera, David P. Andersonb, Amod A. Ogale
Carbon, 2013 Volume 59, August 2013, Pages 40–48

“Comparison of solid-state and submerged-state fermentation for the bioprocessing of switchgrass to ethanol and acetate by Clostridium phytofermentans”
Abhiney Jain, Charles K. Morlok, J. Michael Henson
Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2013) 97:905–917

“Silver nanoparticle toxicity to Daphnia magna is a function of dissolved silver concentration”
Kim M. Newton, Hema L. Puppala, Christopher L. Kitchens, Vicki L. Colvin, Stephen J. Klaine
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2013, DOI: 10.1002/etc.2300

“Metastable nanostructured metallized fluoropolymer composites for energetics”
Hannah A. Miller, Bradley S. Kusel, Seth T. Danielson, James W. Neat, Eryn K. Avjian, Scott N. Pierson, Stephen M. Budy, David W. Ball, Scott T. Iacono and Sharon C. Kettwich
J. Mater. Chem. A , 2013, 1, 7050-7058