Wed Mar 16 2011
By: Ron Seymour
A new microscope — said to be one of the most powerful in Canada — will yield research and practical benefits at UBC’s Okanagan campus, officials say. The device will assist in the development of sophisticated micro-fabrication technologies for use in fields such as mining, biomedical science, and aerospace.
A scanning-electron microscope allows researchers to conduct detailed analysis of materials and biological systems not visible to the human eye.
“When engineers dream big, they look at tiny things,” said Spiro Yannacopoulos, associate dean of the engineering school. “These little tiny things make bigger things move. And they make them move better, using less energy.”