Ian Steele

Program Manager of the Microprobe Laboratory


B-12 Stinson-Remick Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
574-631-0079 phone
773-330-4302 mobile

Ian Steele joined the University of Notre Dame in 2014 working within NDIIF. Currently he is the program manager of the operational Electron Microprobe (EMP) in the Materials Characterization Facility within ND Energy.  In brief, an EMP is an electron beam instrument for the chemical analysis of samples with resolution on the order of one to five microns. The EMP instrument is a Cameca SX-50, which can be used to conduct fundamental research in varied research disciplines, such as: securing our nation’s energy future as in battery studies;  understanding the origin and evolution of Earth, Moon and meteorites; mining and metallurgy; the role of biomineralization in the transport of heavy metals and radionuclides in the environment; nanoscience; understanding human bone degradation; and nuclear forensics analysis. Ian formerly conducted research at the University of Chicago and came to Notre Dame with vast experience and expertise in EMP-related research acquired over the past forty-five years.

The electron microprobe is available for external use.  For more information, contact Ian Lightcap at ilightca@nd.edu.