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Chemical Imaging Initiative

The Pooled Resources for Electron Microscopy Information, Education and Research (PREMIER) Project

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The Participants in the PREMIER Project agree to work together for mutual benefit in establishing a framework to facilitate cross-institution, state-of-the-art research using electron microscopy and related techniques. Participation in the PREMIER project is open to all academic, national laboratory and industrial research ventures (not limited by location) committed to developing and implementing active research programs using microscopy. In particular, the consortium is intended to

  1. Improve the ability of the participants to compete both nationally and internationally in research visibility and productivity—measured by the usual metrics of number of publications in high-impact journals, citations, graduate students, funding, etc.
  2. Enhance the level of education, outreach, and community service possible from each of the participants by optimizing and standardizing an approach to formal courses, user training, and the dissemination of the results from the research.
  3. Cultivate a larger user base for microscopy within the participant institutions, across the US and internationally by providing a well-publicized and easily accessible set of capabilities, where experiments can be performed on the best instrument for the job, rather than the only instrument that is available.
  4. Optimize investments in microscopy (and thereby reduce overall costs) by the participant institutions by leveraging regional facilities for one-off experiments while developing core capabilities serving the most users within the home institution.
  5. Increase the value of the individual microscopy facilities to the participant institutions by coordinating access to instrumentation that fits all the needs of the students, postdocs, scientists, and faculty for advanced microscopy.

Chemical Imaging Initiative

Talks, Proposals and Publications

Fundamental & Computational Sciences Directorate


Nigel Browning
Initiative Lead

Lou Terminello
Initiative Advisor

Wayne Hess
Science Theme 1 Co-Lead

Kerstin Kleese van-Dam
Science Theme 1 Co-Lead

Scott E. Baker
Science Theme 2 Co-Lead

Theva Thevuthasan
Science Themes 2 and 3 Co-Lead

Alex Guenther
Science Theme 3 Co-Lead

Edmond Hui
Project Leader


Julie Wiley

Web Publishing

Project Administration


CII Funding