"One way a university can distinguish itself from its peers is to invest in central facilities like the ISE-Lab, not only to attract faculty and researchers, but also to educate students with the best science available," explained David Martin, chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
The first new laboratory building on UD's campus in nearly 20 years, the ISE-Lab will also provide research teams the most advanced scientific equipment possible. One example is a new microscope that will ultimately be housed in the ISE-Lab microscopy suite. The instrument is a dual beam focused ion beam and scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM).
Combining these two capabilities together is important because the ion beam can be used to etch into nanoscale materials and the electron microscope can then be used to view the sidewall of the material to observe the sample's structure. Since the microscope also allows material to be deposited, it opens to the door for designing and creating entirely new structures in the lab at the nanoscale.
Students will learn fundamental scientific principles in broad-based courses that encompass biology, chemistry, and physics through newly structured science classes designed to leverage interdisciplinary knowledge. They will then apply those principles to solve problems in such areas as renewable energy and stewardship of the natural environment.
"We're looking at three levels of integration as we prepare to make the most of the ISE-Lab's new teaching environment: integration of research and teaching, integration of learning in the laboratory with the classroom, and integration of science concepts across disciplinary boundaries," said George Watson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.