News Release

X-ray equipment funding

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

St. Cloud State University is one of 15 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities that will benefit from an infusion of more than $1.2 million to purchase new educational equipment. The opportunity was made possible by a state appropriation and private funding from businesses around the state.

St. Cloud State will receive $120,000 in state funds for an X-ray diffractometer valued at $365,198 that will allow students and faculty in undergraduate and graduate programs to gain a deeper and more practical understanding of X-ray diffraction techniques. The University will raise $140,000 in matching contributions for the remainder of the cost and receive $105,000 in vendor discounts. No tuition dollars will be used.

“St. Cloud State University is grateful to the Minnesota Legislature, Governor Mark Dayton and participating state business leaders for funding that will facilitate the purchase of this valuable instrument for teaching and research,” said St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III. “As we move toward completion of our $45 million Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF), it will be important to equip its new classrooms and labs with tools that will help prepare students and to transform St. Cloud State into the Minnesota leader in science education and science business collaboration.”

X-ray diffraction is a fundamental analytical technique that is widely used in academia and industry to study the structure and properties of materials. It is used by scientists and engineers in fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, mechanical and electrical engineering, geology, earth science, ecology and anthropology. In X-ray diffraction, X-rays are directed at the surface of a material and are diffracted by the atoms within forming a diffraction pattern that reveals information on its structural orientation. The structural information derived allows the scientist or engineer to determine the type of material present, the structural relationships of atoms in the material, properties of thin films, quantification of the stresses in the material and a number of other physical properties.

The one-time appropriation, proposed by Senate President Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, passed the Legislature and was signed by Gov. Dayton in May.

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