Procurement of Novel Microanalysis Equipment for Construction Materials

The equipment procured (i.e. an Orbis micro X-ray Fluorescence (MXRF) and an APSEX “personal” Scanning Electron Microscope (PSEM)) is part of the next generation of micro analytical equipment. These tools have the ability to make large volumes of observations with very little human interaction. This ability to make these educated observations will make huge impacts in the future of materials research. These instruments combine recent improvements in computing power, image analysis, automation, optics, and signal intensities to investigate samples autonomously while using higher signal intensities that minimize sample preparation. Within the first year of owning this equipment it has been highlighted in grants that have totaled almost $600K in external grants. These major projects were funded by the Oklahoma DOT and the National Science Foundation. In addition, several seed grants have been obtained that will hopefully turn into future funding. Several technology transfer efforts from this project have been completed. An award winning poster was presented at the ODOT research day. In addition a website ( has been launched that describes these microscopes and shows their abilities. Results and findings from two different research efforts are presented and summarized.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This research was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

    School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    207 Engineering South
    Stillwater, OK  United States  74078-5033

    Oklahoma Transportation Center

    2601 Liberty Parkway, Suite 110
    Midwest City, OK  United States  73110

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Ley, Tyler
    • Sudbrink, Bryan
    • Aboustait, Mohammed
  • Publication Date: 2012-2


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 22p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01493868
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: OTCREOS10.2-06-F
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT06-G-0016
  • Created Date: Sep 24 2013 9:10AM