Electron Microscope

Scanning electron microscope

Key facilities

Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)

The Philips CM10 TEM had a digital camera installed in April 2017. It is used to image very small objects such as bacteria and viruses. The TEM is incredibly helpful in looking at nanoparticles and locating antibodies to label parts of cells.

Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

Installed in March 2017, the FEI Quanta FEG 650 is a field emission SEM with a resolution of 1.2 nanometres. It can be used to image nanoparticles at magnifications of x 300,000. It can also be used to look at larger wet samples.

X-ray Microanalysis (EDX) available on the SEM

The Oxford Instruments Aztec EDX system (installed in April 2017) is used to identify elements (eg iron, oxygen and carbon) that compose a sample. It is able to construct maps showing the location of the elements.

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