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Keck-II: ToF SIMSKeck-II: Stylus ProfilometerKeck-II: Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy


SIMS chemical map of Mg/MgB2 composite, Boron map, scale: 100 μm. Imaged on Physical Electronics Phi Trift III by Dunand Group

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Keck-II: Stylus Profilometer

Gum imaged on Dektak 150 surface profiler (10 mm x 10 mm). Imaged by Xinqi Chen

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Keck-II: Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy

SIMS image of Copper pattern in Silicon, scale: 10μm. Imaged on Physical Electronics Phi Thrift III by Xinqi Chen

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Keck Interdisciplinary Surface Science facility (Keck-II)


The Keck-II Center was established in late 2001 through the support of W. M. Keck Foundation. Keck-II also has received some support from Northwestern's Institute for Nanotechnology's NSF-sponsored Nanoscale Science & Engineering Center (NSEC) as well as from the State of IL and Northwestern. Keck-II facilitates research, collaboration, education and outreach in all science from soft biological matter to hard physical matter, specializing in surface analysis and nano-scale characterization. 

Keck-II hosts Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR), Confocal Raman System, high resolution stylus profilometer, Optical Profilometer, Spectroscopic Ellipsometer, and Zetasizer.

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Keck-II brochure 

Keck-II is open to all the faculty and students at Northwestern University as well as the researchers at the nearby academic institutions and related industrial companies. The Keck-II Center operates and functions like its sister facilities (NIFTI and EPIC)-based on the core philosophy of open-access, hand-on training, collaboration and assistance from our able staff. Training is offered on a periodic basis, both as “crash courses” or part of hands-on structured courses, as well as individual ad-hoc training as need arises. 


The primary objective of our mission is to enhance the education, collaboration, research and outreach related to all aspects of surface analysis instrumentation, techniques and applications. The Keck-II facility is a shared user facility that supports a broad range of nanoscale science and technology projects, specializing in nanoscale analysis and characterization.

Keck-II is a multi-user, multi-departmental facility offering continually updated state-of-the-art equipment to qualified researchers from any field and institution.  Keck-II has a strong tradition of facilitating interdisciplinary research, and regular training sessions and short courses are offered by accomplished microscopists who manage the Keck-II facility, directed by Professor Vinayak P. Dravid.

Research and Societal Outreach

Keck-II facilitates vendor workshops to inform users of new applications and techniques for surface science instrumentation.

The Keck-II staff regularly conducts tours for local groups and hosts global visitors, as well. Keck-II also participates in Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day, McCormick School of Engineering’s annual Career Day for Girls and Biotechnology Training Program.


The Keck-II facility is located at 2220 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL in Cook Hall, Suite 1149.

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