NSERC Research Tools

Two NSERC Research Tools awards were received this year.  One was lead by Dr. Gough and involving Dr. Freund as a co-investigator allowed the purchase of an FT-IR microscope with a focal-plane-array detector for state of the art chemical imaging.  The second award was lead by Dr. Chaturvedi, also involving Dr. Freund as a co-investigator resulted in the purchase of a precision ion milling system for preparing samples for electron microscopy analysis.  These research tools are important for the study of conducting polymers, composites and complex structures that are being created in a number of our research projects.

Infrared microscopy provides chemical imaging in conjunction with optical imaging to enable researchers to characterize composite materials and to determine how composites function.