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The AIM Lab is dedicated to the characterization of the structure and composition of a broad spectrum of hard and soft materials and biological systems with nanometer resolution. These capabilities are used for research, and the teaching and training of students. The research performed in the laboratory is focused on the characterization of materials and structures in the areas of biomaterials, multifunctional and smart materials, nanostructured materials, nanodevices and geological materials.



The new JEOL NEOARM 200F Aberration Corrected TEM/STEM is currently being installed and nearing completion. Check here for details on the system.

Using the lab

If you are interested in using the instruments in the lab please complete the steps on the Become a User page. Additionally, introduce yourself to the AIMLab staff and discuss your project. This will allow us to understand your needs and develop a plan for your work or research.

Acknowledging NanoCenter and AIM Lab

The NanoCenter and AIMLab need your help! Acknowledging the support given by the NanoCenter in your presentations and publications help us out tremendously.

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Current hours are:
8:00am - 6:00pm
Monday - Friday
by appointment only.

AIMLab Contact Information


1237 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building


Wen-An Chiou

AIM Lab Director


1234 Jeong H. Kim Bldg

Phil Piccoli

Senior Research Scientist


1109 Geology Building

Jiancun Rao

Senior Faculty Specialist


1231 Jeong H. Kim Bldg

Colleges A. James Clark School of Engineering
The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

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