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Forword

 

Dean - Faculty of Science

The Nanoscopy Science Center (NSC) was established in 1967 in the Faculty of Science – Kuwait University. It was the first of its kind in Kuwait to use electron microscopy in scientific research and in academics.

The facility steadily grew over 39 years from the day of inception and emerge as an unparalleled regional core on the strength of its ultra-sensitive, equipment and technology resource for pursuing advanced, innovative, experimental and scientific research. At Kuwait University, NSC symbolizes the nucleus of technology sophistication and excellence on par with the national and international standards as well, creating an encouraging environmental research.

Several training workshops were conducted in the Center inviting academicians and researchers from national regional and international regions of the globe to impart and validate the expertise in the field of Electron Microscopy (EM).

In 1996, the Center was transformed from a conventional laboratory to the State-of-the-art-modern technological oriented architectural building that housed the EM and specialized sample preparation laboratories.

In 2003, advanced research microscopes such as the Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope that can be remotely operated, and two laser microscopes namely, the Atomic Force Microscope and the LASER SCANNING CONFOCAL MICROSCOPE were inducted along with the array of the existing instrument in the Center exemplifying the advanced status of Nanotechnology.

In 2009, an added feather to the NSC was the Scanning Portable Microscope (Carryscope) that is remotely operated from the Center to any connectivity facilities to demonstrate various samples of interest to the users. With the addition of such instruments, the Center entered a new era of nano-technological sciences.

The recent addition of specialized sample preparation equipment namely, Sputter Coater, Critical Point Dryer, Block Trimming Device, Routine and Digital Light Microscopes, Metallographic Microscope and a advanced Ultra-Microtome inducted in the NSC facilitates to prepare and process different samples at advanced scientific levels.

The NSC is a prime and prestigious Center for Kuwait University and will exercise the process of development continuously to transform this Center into a world class facilities for the benefit of scientific and research community following national, regional and international standards.

The Center is in the process of adding a new version of Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) with advanced functions and specifications that will benefit researchers in biological, material sciences and in nanotechnology.

The Center has a highly motivated team of scientific experts and specialists who accomplishes the vision and objectives of the NSC besides, catering the customized requisites of budding, experienced and expertise researchers of KU, national, regional institutes and statutory bodies.

Prof Abdul Hadi Bu-Olayan
Dean - Faculty of Science
Kuwait University

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