Carnegie Mellon University

SEM Training Course

These training sessions are required for all graduate students who plan on using the SEMs in the Materials Characterization Facility in their research. This training will cover the scanning electron microscope, secondary electron imaging, back‐scattered electron imaging and energy dispersive x‐ray spectroscopy. Please note that this is a training course intended for students doing research and not a class for credit.

‐‐Cost: $300, must provide oracle number‐‐


  • Advisor approval and oracle number (course cost is $300)
  • Complete online "Radiation Safety Training for EM and XPS Users" through Bioraft

The course will be every Friday from 2pm ‐ 3:30pm over three weeks:

Week 1: 9 Feb  -  2:00pm ‐ 3:30pm
Week 2: 16 Feb -  2:00pm ‐ 3:30pm
Week 3: 23 Feb -  2:00pm ‐ 3:30pm
Week 4: Individual sessions by appointment

In addition to the lectures, there are three (3) group labs that will be scheduled according to student/instructor availability that correspond to material covered in the lectures. After the last lab, students will schedule a one-on-one training session with the instructors.

*If you are unavailable during these dates but need SEM training prior to the next course tentatively planned for June, please contact Betsy to see if an accommodation can be made.

Materials Characterization Facility Classroom, Roberts Hall, Rm 124

Contact Betsy Clark ( by Tuesday, February 6 to register for the course. Please cc your advisor on the e-mail!

Dr. Betsy Clark and Dr. Adam Wise

*We intend to offer the SEM training course three times a year. The next training session is tentatively planned for June 2018.

**Training on the XRDs and SPMs are by individual appointment. Contact Betsy (XRD) and Adam (SPM) to arrange a training session.