Imaging Technology Group
The primary mission of the Imaging Technology Group (ITG) is to provide state-of-the-art imaging facilities for researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This service mission is accomplished through two facilities: the Microscopy Suite and the Visualization Laboratory.
A secondary mission of the ITG is to develop advanced imaging technologies with an emphasis on projects in remote instrument control and scientific visualization.
Microcapsules in a Self-Healing Polymer
September 1, 2009
This SEM image shows the exposed surface of the fracture plane of a self-healing polymer. The hemispherical structures (one is magnified in the inset, lower right) are microcapsules that had contained a healing agent before rupturing. Upon rupture, the healing agent spread via capillary action into the fracture, where it encountered catalyst that had also been embedded into the polymer matrix. The catalyst causes the healing agent to polymerize, thus repairing the crack. In this case the crack was opened to permit imaging of the fracture face.
Image Courtesy: Henghua Jin, Scott White
Posted: July 18, 2011
Travis Ross, visualization laboratory manager at the Beckman Institute, recently performed a 3D scan of the Katharine Sharp Memorial, a bas-relief sculpture of Katharine Lucinda Sharp, university librarian and founding director of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (1893-1907). The sculpture was created by Lorado Taft and hangs in the Main Library.
The final 3D image was created by stitching together 40 individual scans, each capturing the rich texture of a piece that was originally sculpted in 1921. GSLIS Dean John Unsworth requested the scan, which uses advanced technology to further memorialize a groundbreaking leader, not only of this campus, but in the field of library and information science.
"We're grateful to the Imaging Technology Group and the Library for helping us turn Katharine Sharp into information that can now be shared freely," said Unsworth.
Image Credit: Photographer: L. Brian Stauffer, 3D Image: Travis Ross
Posted: July 7, 2011
The March 22, 2011 issue of Advanced Functional Materials cover features an image by ITG's Janet Sin-Hanlon. Created for the article "Biosensors: Control of Nanoscale Environment to Improve Stability of Immobilized Proteins on Diamond Surfaces", authored by Adarsh D. Radadia, Courtney J. Stavis, Rogan Carr, Hongjun Zeng, William P. King, John A. Carlisle, Aleksei Aksimentiev, Robert J. Hamers and Rashid Bashir, the image depicts antibodies attached to a diamond surface, improving protein function.
Image Credit: Janet Sinn-Hanlon
Posted: March 22, 2011