Imaging Facility 2020-07-15T11:29:32-05:00

Optical Imaging Suite

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 Mr. Michael Moore (

The OSCAR Imaging Facility at Delaware State University (DSU) is a multi-user core facility that offers state-of-the-art equipment for imaging, microscopy, spectroscopy, and image analysis. The imaging facilty is open to all university researchers and industrial collaborators on a fee-based service. The Imaging Suite is located in room A124 of the Imaging Suite of the OSCAR building.

The OSCAR Imaging facility is an outgrowth of the NSF-CREST program started at DSU in 2005, and supported by the current CREOSA/OSCAR Center at DSU. It has evolved into a major resource for DSU investigators and, more importantly, for training students undergraduate and graduate in imaging techniques, and motivating inter-disciplinary research among its users.

Laboratory Equipment

FEI Quanta 250 FEG Scanning Electron Microscope

  • Basic Operational Instructions   –   view  |  download
  • Detailed Operation Manual   –   view  | download
  • Spec Sheet Features: High Vacuum, Low Vacuum and ESEM capabilities with Oxford EBSD, EDS Detectors and Software, heated stage up to 1000 0C.

Location: OSCAR Building, Imaging Facility Suite, Room A124

* VERY IMPORTANT: Contact Mr. Michael Moore ( before operating *

Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope

Leica DM 5000B TCS-SP5 upright Microscope. Equipped for multicolor acquisition (up to 4 channels). 405, 457, 477, 488, 514, 532 and 633 nm laser excitation lines.

  • Bright field
  • Transmission
  • Fluorescence
  • Z-stack
  • Time-lapse
  • FRET
  • FRAP

Location: OSCAR Building, Imaging Facility Suite, Room A124

Two-Photon / Confocal Scanning Microscope

Zeiss BioRad upright single and two-photon microscope. Cw laser excitation: 405, 488, 568 and 630nm laser lines. Two-photon excitation with femtosecond Mira.

  • Bright field
  • Z-stack
  • Time-lapse

Location: OSCAR Building, Imaging Facility Suite, Room A124

Fluorescence and DIC Microscope

Olympus IX71 widefield inverted microscope. High sensitivity camera (Photometrics QuantEM 512C), Computer controlled motorized stage.

  • Multi-channel epi-fluorescence
  • Phase Contrast
  • Bright field
  • Z-stack
  • Time-lapse
  • DIC

Location: OSCAR Building, Imaging Facility Suite, Room A124

Widefield Polarization Microscope

Olympus BX53, polarizing microscope with upright geometry. Q-imaging camera.

  • Polarization
  • Contrast
  • Bright field
  • Time-lapse

Location: OSCAR Building, Imaging Facility Suite, Room A124

Atomic Force Microscope

Bruker Innova SPM AFM system, with 5 um to 90 um area scanner.

  • Contact mod
  • Tapping Mode
  • STM
  • Lateral Force Microscopy
  • Phase Imaging,
  • Liftmode Magnetic Force
  • Electric Field Microscopy
  • Surface Potential
  • Liquid Imaging in contact and tapping mode

Location: OSCAR Building, Imaging Facility Suite, Room A124

Cross Correlation Spectro-Fluorometer

ISS K2 phase + modulation spectro-fluorometer.

  • Steady state and time-resolve fluorescent emission and absorption measurements

Location: OSCAR Building, Imaging Facility Suite, Room A124

Transmission Spectro-Photometer

Varian Cary 100 BIO spectrometer for UV-visible light.

  • Absorbance and transmittance, referenced measurements, multiple scan option

Location: OSCAR Building, Imaging Facility Suite, Room A124

Analysis Power Station and Analysis Software

DELL T7600

  • Eight core 3.1 GHz
  • 128 GB RAM
  • 6 GB nVIDIA Quadro 6000 graphic card
  • Imaris, Metamorph, Matlab, Avizo, free analysis and home-developed analysis software / routine

Location: OSCAR Building, Imaging Facility Suite, Room A124


For the full version of the center policies (including the fee schedule), please contact us.
1. Hour of operations:
9AM-4PM Monday to Friday

2. Equipment Scheduling:

-To schedule an appointment on an instrument please use our Calendar:  ILAB

ILAB will point to:

-To create an account on our Scheduling software:

3. Acknowledgments / Co-authorship Policy:

3.1 Acknowledgments
Investigators are requested to recognize the role of the OSCAR Imaging facility in producing data for publication in the acknowledgement section of manuscripts and posters presented to meetings and conferences. This is critical of demonstrating the importance of the imagingfacility to the research conducted at Delaware State University and with our external collaborators and will help to secure additional equipment and funding. To keep track of publications linked to the imaging facility, authors should submit a copy of the manuscript and the poster as a pdf to the director of imaging.

3.2 Co-authorship
Co-authorship agreements will be made before the commencement of the study and staff member included as an author should have the opportunity to review the manuscript prior to publication. Co-authorship may be requested in the following instances:
– Significant intellectual contribution to the experiment
– Extensive analysis and/or interpretation of data
– Preparation of data for the purpose of publication.

Facility Director

For use of and/or information on the instruments as well as the imaging center, please contact:

Mr. Michael Moore
Imaging Facility Manager
OSCAR Building, Room A104
Delaware State University
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 857-7035