Microscopy and Characterization Suite (MaCS)

MaCS Contacts

Dr. Rick Ubic

MaCS Director

Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University

Email: rickubic@boisestate.edu
Phone: (208) 426-2309


Dr. Darryl Butt

CAES Co-Associate Director

Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University

Email: darrylbutt@boisestate.edu
Phone: (208) 426-1054


Joanna Taylor - Read Bio

MaCS Lab Lead

University of Idaho

Email: jltaylor@uidaho.edu
Phone: (208) 533-8178


Work Experience:

Joanna Taylor is currently a laboratory coordinator for University of Idaho-Idaho Falls. She is the lab lead of the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory and MaCS and is a major contributor in CAES Operations and ES&H organizations. Joanna received her M.S. in Waste Management and Environmental Science from Idaho State University in 2003. Her research area has been investigating remediation of metals contaminants in aquifers using in-situ ureolytic organisms. She has extensive experience with ICP-MS, IC, and TOC.

Jatu Burns - Read Bio

MaCS Instrument Lead - Focused Ion Beam (FIB), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Nanoindenter and Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)

Boise State University

Email: jatupornburns@boisestate.edu
Phone: (208) 533-8160



M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University, 2010

B.Eng. Chemical Engineering, Prince of Songkla (Thailand), 1998

Work Experience:

Jatu Burns is currently a Research Associate in the Materials Science & Engineering Department (MSE) at Boise State University (BSU); and she is the instrument lead for the SEM (JSM 6610LLV) , FIB (Quanta 3D FEG), and nanoindentation system (Hysitron Ti950) in the Microscopy and Characterization Suite (MaCS) at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES).

Jatu joined CAES as a research associate in July 2010 performing SEM, EBSD, EDS, CL analysis, FIB, micro indentation hardness testing and sample preparation for FIB and SEM. She collaborates on projects involving mechanical properties and microstructural evolution of oxide dispersive strengthened (ODS) alloys joined by solid-state welding, friction-stirred welding and pressure-resistant welding and on microstructure of sintered ODS alloys using SEM, EBSD and EDS to determine grain size, grain boundary character, chemical distribution, and phases assemblages.

In 2010, Jatu received her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Boise State University. Her M.S. research was high-temperature fatigue crack growth behavior and microstructural evolution in alloy 230. SEM and EBSD were used to determine grain orientation, grain size, grain aspect ratio, grain boundary characters (high- and low-angle boundaries and CSL boundaries), grain misorientation, texture and plastic deformation near the crack tip. Before joining Boise State University, Jatu worked as a chemical engineer in the R&D department at SEIKO Instruments (Thailand) for 6 years and as a chemical engineer in electroplating processes at Furukawa Precision (Thailand) for almost 2 years. Jatu has significant experience with microscopes, mechanical testing systems, and analytical techniques including light microscopy, SEM, mechanical testing, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, Fourier transform spectroscopy, ion chromatography, and atomic absorption.

Dr. Yaqiao Wu - Read Bio

MaCS Instrument Lead - Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP) and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)

Boise State University

Email: yaqiaowu@boisestate.edu
Phone: (208) 533-8112



Ph.D Materials Science and Engineering, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 2000

B.S. Materials Science, Shenyang Polytechnic University, Shenyang, P. R. China, 1993

Work Experience:

Yaqiao (Y. Q.) Wu is currently a Research Associate Professor in the Materials Science & Engineering Department (MSE) at Boise State University (BSU), and he is the instrument lead for the TEM (Tecnai TF30-FEG STwin) and atom probe (LEAP 4000X HR) in the Materials and Characterization Suite (MaCS) at Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) in Idaho Falls, ID.

Dr. Wu received his Ph. D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, in 2000. By utilizing the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) technique, his Ph. D. research on the structural evolution of single-crystal silicon upon indentation revealed micro-plastic fracture behavior along the propagation direction of the Si crack tip and revealed the amorphization of silicon under the indentation on an atomic scale. He was a joint-training Ph.D. student member of the atom probe group at the National Institute for Materials Sciences (NIMS) at Tsukuba, Japan from 1998 to 1999, where he studied the microalloying effect in _-Fe/Nd2Fe14B-based exchange-spring nanocomposite magnets by using a combinational TEM and atom probe tomography (APT) techniques. He received the Special Award of the President Scholarship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1999 for this research. From 2000 to 2002, Dr. Wu continued his studies on exchange-spring nanocomposite magnets at NIMS as a Science and Technology Agency (STA) Fellow. Between 2002 - 2011 he held several positions at Ames Laboratory, where he was mainly engaged in designing nanocrystalline magnetic alloys and performing chemical and structural analysis at the atomic level. By again utilizing TEM and APT techniques, his research revealed the behaviors and effects of various microalloying elements in rare-earth (RE) and non-RE based magnetic alloy systems for future alloy design and applications. As a postdoctoral research associate, his research on the local order in the icosahedral Cd84Yb16 quasicrystalline phase was awarded the "Outstanding Poster Award" at the 2003 MRS Fall meeting in Boston. In 2006, Dr. Wu became a permanent staff member (Assistant Scientist) in Ames Laboratory. He joined Boise State in his current position in August 2011.

Dr. Wu's research interests are in materials design, synthesis, property analysis, nanoscale structural and chemical characterization. He specializes in establishing connections between structure, chemistry and behavior via transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography techniques. He has over 60 publications in journals such as Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, Applied Physics Letters, Physics Review B, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Materials Research, Philosophical Magazine Letters, etc., and over 40 conference presentations.

Publications and Conference Presentations:
  1. Y. Q. Wu, W. Tang, K. W. Dennis, N. Oster, R. W. McCallum, I. E. Anderson and M. J. Kramer (2011). "Effective grain pinning revealed by nanoscale electron tomography." JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS 109: 07A705, 2011.
  2. W. Tang, Y. Q. Wu, K. W. Dennis, N. T. Oster, M. J. Kramer, I. E. Anderson and R. W. McCallum (2011). "Studies of microstructure and magnetic properties in sintered mixed rare earth (MRE) -Fe-B magnets (MRE=Nd+La+Dy)." JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS 109: 07A704, 2011.
  3. Y.Q. Wu, M.J. Kramer, S.M. Long, K.W. Dennis, R.W. McCallum and I.E. Anderson. "Atomic Scale Investigation of the Interface in the Alnico Spinodal Structure". 56th Annual Conference on Magnetism & Magnetic materials, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, October 30 - November 3, 2011.
  4. W. Tang, Y. Wu, K.W. Dennis, N.T. Oster, M.J. Kramer, I.E. Anderson and R.W. McCallum. "Studies of sintered MRE-Fe-B magnets by DyF3 addition or diffusion treatment (MRE=Nd+Y+Dy)". 56th Annual Conference on Magnetism & Magnetic materials, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, October 30 - November 3, 2011.
  5. C. Rong, Y. Wu, D. Wang, Y. Zhang, N. Poudyal, M. Kramer and J. Liu , "Effect of pressure rate on the texture of NdFeB nanocrystalline magnets". 56th Annual Conference on Magnetism & Magnetic materials, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, October 30 - November 3, 2011.

Bryan Forsmann - Read Bio

Sample Preparation

Boise State University

Email: bryanforsmann@boisestate.edu
Phone: (208) 533-8161



B.S. Business Finance, Idaho State University, 2009

A.S Quality Assurance/Nondestructive Testing, Eastern Idaho Technical College, 1988

Certificate in Project Management from Villanova University

Work Experience:

Mr. Forsmann is currently the lead operator for the spark plasma sintering furnace and the sample preparation radiological glovebox at CAES. He assists and collaborates with researchers using the Instron for shear punch and tensile testing.

Mr. Forsmann was employed at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for 22 years as a Senior Engineering Technician. He has significant experience in welding inspection and other nondestructive examinations. He has extensive experience in installing and modifying gloveboxes for various research and development projects. He was the Subject Matter Expert and technical resource for the INL on gloveboxes and the use of gloveboxes for the containment of radiological hazards. He was also involved with the fabrication and development of numerous experimental nuclear fuels and nuclear-materials experiments. Prior to the INL, he worked for Westinghouse in the commercial nuclear fuels division where he used his nondestructive testing experience on in-process zirconium hardware for the naval and commercial nuclear programs.

Professional Endeavors:

Mr. Forsmann has worked on a broad range of research and development projects at the INL. He has experience working with Am, Pu, Np, U, Li, Na, Hf, Zr,, W, C (graphite) and many alloy and system combinations. He has also worked with numerous other conventional materials and has worked closely with the instrumentation used to measure the thermo-physical properties of these materials. Working for Boise State University he continues his work in the Advanced Materials Laboratory at CAES to improve the sample preparation capabilities for sample analysis in the MaCS Laboratory.

Kristi Moser-McIntire

CAES Safety Officer

Idaho State University

Email: mosekri3@isu.edu
Phone: (208) 533-8133


Stephanie Thompson

MaCS Coordinator

Boise State University

Email: stephaniethompson1@boisestate.edu
Phone: (208) 526-1638