About the Center

The MTSU Interdisciplinary Microanalysis and Imaging Center (MIMIC) is a core facility for microscopy and other characterization equipment that is centrally located in the Science Building. This shared resource for research in structural biology and materials science has been fully operational since Fall 2006. The Center is run on a fee-for-usage basis. Currently an Administrative Director as well as a full-time Technical Manager are associated with the facility. An Advisory Board reviews and approves policy and procedures for Center operation. .


MTSU Interdisciplinary Microanalysis and Imaging Center (MIMIC) is located in the new Science Bldg, room 1027.


Among the microscopes available for use are:
  • Hitachi H-7650 Transmission Electron Microscope.
  • Hitachi S-3400 Scanning Electron Microscope/Oxford Aztec INCA X-Act
  • Tescan Lyra 3XMU Focused-Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscope/Bruker Quantax 200

Other equipment

In addition, the following items are also available for use:
  • Ultramicrotome (Leica Ultracut)
  • Critical Point Dryer (Polaron E3000)
  • Knife-maker (Leica EM KMR2)
  • Sputter coater (Hummer 6.2)
  • Vacuum evaporator (Ladd)
  • Rototorque rotator, microcentrifuge

All of the instruments in MIMIC will be used in both research and for instruction. A technician is associated with the center to train users, and to aid in sample preparation, data gathering and analysis, accounting, and scheduling.

For general information, please contact:
Dr. Ngee Sing Chong, Ph.D.
Administrative Director, MIMIC
email: nchong@mtsu.edu
phone: (615) 898-5487

Joyce Miller
Technical Manager, MIMIC
email: Joyce.Miller@mtsu.edu
Phone: (615) 494-7976