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TESCAN USA Joins Colorado School of Mines to Advance their New Facility in Golden, Colorado

TESCAN USA and The Colorado School of Mines are pleased to announce a partnership agreement that creates a world-class electron beam analytical facility on the Golden, Colorado campus.

The Colorado School of Mines recently purchased a Tescan Integrated Mineral Analyzer (TIMA) and a MIRA3 Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope to enhance research capabilities in the geoscience.

The TESCAN Integrated Mineral Analyzer (TIMA) is a SEM-based automated mineralogy solution for the mining and minerals processing industries. TIMA measures mineral abundance, size by size liberation, mineral association and grain size automatically on multiple samples of grain mounts, thin sections, or polished sections.

The MIRA 3 field emission scanning electron microscope provides users with the advantages of the latest technology, such as new improved high-performance electronics for faster image acquisition, an ultra-fast scanning system with compensation for static and dynamic image aberrations or built-in scripting for user-defined applications, all the while maintaining the best price to performance ratio.

The MIRA series was designed with respect to a wide range of SEM applications and needs in today’s research and industry.

Dr. Thomas Monecke, Associate Professor at Colorado School of Mines states:

“The characterization of earth materials by electron microscopy represents an important step in most areas of geoscience research. The research partnership with Tescan will allow us to become an academic leader in the development of new solutions for correlative electron microscopy in our fields of research.”

Dr. Katharina Pfaff, Assistant Research Professor at Colorado School of Mines and manager of the electron microscopy laboratory, adds:

“Colorado School of Mines is nationally and internationally renowned for its top quality and high standards of education. The new instruments will transform the way we teach students in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering.”

Tony Owens, General Manager of TESCAN USA says:

“We are excited to collaborate with the Colorado School of Mines and look forward to helping build a strong future in microscopy and automated mineralogy at their institution.”

Tescan’s Business Development Manager for TIMA Paul Gottlieb adds:

“Tescan looks forward to forming a partnership with the Colorado School of Mines. TIMA is a new generation of Automated Mineralogy systems and the technology, integration with other complementary analytical techniques and collaboration with a leading university will make a powerful combination to enhance the use of correlative microscopy in economic geology, petroleum system research, engineering geology, and hydrogeology in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering."


TESCAN is one of the global suppliers of scientific instruments. The company is building its reputation and brand name in the field of designing and manufacturing scanning electron microscopes and system solutions for different applications.

The company is focused on research, development and manufacturing of scientific instruments and laboratory equipment such as:

  • scanning electron microscopes
  • supplementary accessories for SEMs
  • light optical microscopy accessories and image processing
  • special vacuum chambers and custom systems
  • detection systems
  • scientific hardware and software development

About Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science. It has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the U.S. Since its founding in 1874, the translation of the school's mission into educational programs has been influenced by the needs of society. Those needs are now focused more clearly than ever before. The world faces a crisis in balancing resource availability with environmental protection and Mines and its programs are central to the solution.

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