General Rules of Administration:

  • Users have to have a valid account in the "Principal Investigator Budget Management System" of Academia Sinica. The usage fee will be deducted through the transfer mechanism in each April, July, and October. If the usage fee is not paid in full, the access privilege will be suspended. In this case, administrators can require the used to pre-paid the same amount of pervious usage fee before reinstate the access privilege.

  • All the instruments are open to qualified users in the manner of self-service. There is no operator and no full-service available. Qualified users can train new users as needed and these new users can become qualified users after qualified by administrators. If trainings from administrators are needed, the usage fee will be doubled during the training sessions.

  • If the user did not respect rules or damage the instrument due to misusage, user has to pay for the repair in full. Furthermore, before the instrument is repaired, the user has to pay for the usage fee of all the operation session available.

  • Users from Academia Sinica, AS Nano-Project, and RCAS can receive discounts of 30%, 50%, and 70% off, respectively.

  • Toxic chemicals (as defined by EPA and regardless if it is under controlled by EPA), volatile, radio-active, explosive, and biological-active substances are prohibited. Based the requirement of each instrument, administrators can disallow additional types of samples like (include, but not limited by) magnetic, powder, etc. If these substances are used without special permission, the user and the related research group will be banned permanently.

Instruments reservation system

    Main Instrument / Equipment as Follows:

  • FIB

    The Helios dual-beam system combines FEI's best electron and ion optics, accessories and software to deliver a powerful solution for advanced nanoscale research. Electron beam source with a small kinetic energy is used to take high-resolution SEM images. The resolution can reach several nm. Due to the higher energy of Ga ion than one of the electron in the same accelerated voltage, it allows us to mill some specific structures on samples. Milling linewidth is controlled from 10 nm to tens micrometers. Additionally, for bio-sample, to avoid their deformation in an ultrahigh vacuum environment, the dual-beam system combines a cryo chamber to keep their nature property via a freeze process.

  • Nova200 NanoSEM

    Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Using a electron beam, surface structures can be observed directly with nm spatial resolution. Dedicate two-channel solid-state detector provides topographic or Z-contrast using back-scattered electrons. The system is also modified to serve as STEM for BF/DF/HAADF operation. Combine with the X-ray Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (XEDS, Oxford X-Max 80 mm2 Silicon Drift Detector (SDD), the chemical composition can also be determined in a manner of point-and-click. Specimens must be vacuum compatible and in forms of thin-film or bulk with a flat surface. Particles and wet samples are not allowed. To provide a stable environment, active vibration isolator (HERZ AVI-200S) is used to support the microscope.

  • Leica Confocal Microscope (SP5)

    The Leica TCS SP5 Confocal fully covers a broad range of requirements in confocal and multiphoton imaging with excellent overall performance. The system provides the full range of scan speeds at the highest resolution. With its proven, high-efficiency SP detection (five channels simultaneously) and optional AOBS (Acousto Optical Bream Splitter), the Leica TCS SP5 delivers bright, noise-free images with minimal photo damage at high speed. The system is also the platform for the new Leica DM6000 CFS (Confocal Fixed Stage) for physiological andelectrophysiological experiments and for the new super resolution Leica TCS STED confocal microscope.

  • PHI TRIFT V nanoToF

    Time-of-Flight Secondary Mass Spectrometry Based on energetic ion bombardment, secondary ions (SIs) are generated. By accelerate SIs with constant energy, ions of different m/z require different times to pass a 2 m flight path and are separated. Using pulsed primary beam of low current, interaction depth of sub-monolayer can be controlled as static SIMS (S-SIMS). Specimens (<1" in diameter) must be UHV compatible and in forms of thin-film or bulk with a flat surface. Particles and wet samples are not allowed. To minimize the environmental interference to the high resolution work, active field canceling system (Spicer Consulting SC20) is used to control the sum of DC-5 kHz electromagnetic to be <0.07 mG and active vibration isolator (HERZ AVI-200S/M/LP) is used to support the system.

  • PHI VersaProbe

    Scanning XPS Microprobe In an ultra-high vacuum (UHV) chamber (10-7~10-8 Pa), photoelectrons are excited. As the escape depth is shallow, the information came from the top few nm. Combine with in situ ion sputtering, one can slowly remove the surface and acquire spectra from different depth to construct the depth profile. The specimen temperature can be controlled between -120 to 500 °C during analysis. In combination ith a quadrupole mass analyzer, this system also serves as a dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometer (D-SIMS) for analyzing soft materials. Specimens (<1" in diameter) must be UHV compatible and in forms of thin-film or bulk with a flat surface. Particles and wet samples are not allowed.

  • Simon Auto-Western

    Simon auto-western A Simple Western is an automated Western - no gels, no transfer devices, no blots, no film and no manual analysis. Just load your samples in Simon and press start. Simon automates all steps of the process including sample loading, size-based protein separation, immunoprobing, washing, detection and data analysis for up to 12 samples simultaneously.

  • Veeco Innova SPM

    Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM) Using a varity of probes, a wide range of surface chemical, physical, mechanical, and electrical properties can be studied with high spatial resolution ( The system is sitting on a Halcyoncs Micro 40 active vibration isolation platform. The vibration level on the surface is better than 5 dB at <10 Hz and <0 dB for higher frequencies