Electron Microscope

Key facilities

Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)

Used to image very small objects such as bacteria and viruses. The TEM is incredibly helpful in looking at nanoparticles and using antibodies to label parts of cells.

Conventional scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM)

Used to image wet samples, bacteria, cells, spheroids and beads used in sensors.

X-ray Microanalysis (EDX) available on the ESEM

Used to tell what elements compose a sample, analysing glass and gunshot residue in forensic science. Also analyses the composition of experimental concretes, and 'shells' of testate amoebae.

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