The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California, Los Angeles, has selected FEI Co. of Hillsboro, Ore., to supply three advanced transmission electron microscopes (TEM) for the institute's Electron Imaging Center for NanoMachines (EICN) core laboratory. The systems include a 300-kV Titan S/TEM, a second 300-kV Titan optimized for high-resolution structural biology applications, and a 200-kV Tecnai TF20 for high-throughput electron tomographic studies. The instruments will be installed at EICN in the newly-constructed CNSI building. CNSI conducts research in five nanosystems-related areas, including energy, environment and nanotoxicology, nanobiotechnology and biomaterials, nanomechanical and nanofluidic systems and nanoelectronics, and photonics and architectonics. "With these microscopes we will be able to image, characterize and analyze structures down to the atomic scale delivering valuable three-dimensional structural information for cell biological, molecular and materials sciences," said Hong Zhou, EICN faculty director. The first two systems are expected to ship in the first half of 2007 and the third will be delivered in the fourth quarter, FEI said.