Phenom SEM and Forensic Textile Microscopy Laboratory


A Phenom-World desktop SEM is used for evaluation/interpretation of surface morphology and structure of solid materials. It is used for both publication quality photomicrographs as well as a quick screening tool when higher magnification is ultimately needed. Nikon polarizing microscopes are available in the laboratory for high quality photomicrographs used in forensic and other fiber identification purposes. All undergraduate students graduating from the Wilson College of Textiles learn the basics of fiber identification through hands-on experience. All microscopes are available for graduate student research and outside client services performed by the lab manager.

Unique Capabilities:

  • High quality SEM images at resolutions to 30 nm and capable of magnification to 20,000 X.
  • Enough polarized light microscopes for hands-on experience in classes
  • Cameras are available for most microscopes for high quality photomicrographs


  • Phenom G1 desktop SEM
  • Nikon Eclipse 50i POL
  • Nikon SMZ-1000 Zoom Stereo Microscope
  • Leica UFM4 comparison scope
  • Nikon DS-FI1 Digital Camera
  • Quorum Technologies SC7620 Mini Sputter Coater

Responsible for Lab:
Name: Ms. Judy Elson
Phone: 919.515.6522