Electron Microscopy Facility

Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopy service geared towards the Life Sciences. Preparation, Equipment, Access and Services

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Electron microscopes, whether of the transmission (TEM) or the scanning (SEM) type, relate to the study of specimen ultrastructure at levels of resolution that transcend the modest possibilities attainable using light microscopes.  Additionally, for many specimens the superior depth of field achieved using a SEM makes it the instrument of choice, even at quite low magnifications.

We are accustomed to tackling routine problems with specimens ranging from the microbiological to the geological.  Particular expertise is present in a number of areas such as ultramicrotomy (ultrathin sectioning of resin embedded specimens), immunolabelling of specific sites within tissues and negative staining of macromolecules, bacteria or viral samples. We also have critical point drying available for SEM.

The EM staff are always happy to discuss either brief ‘service’ or longer collaborative arrangements.  Please contact us for a copy of our current charging rates outlining the costs and basis upon which work can be undertaken.
The facility is located on the lower ground floor of the Adrian Building (Office: LG27). The facilities and services are available to academic, research staff and students (graduate and undergraduate).

The Facility resources are also available for use by other institutions and commercial organisations.  Projects can only be accepted after full details of the project are supplied and charge rates will be determined at this time.  The completion of an analytical services agreement will be expected.


If you publish results obtained using the EMF please mention the EMF in your acknowledgements and send a reference to us. This will make securing of future funding for the EMF easier. View our Access Conditions

The maintenance of the facility is funded by access charges.




Prof David Twell - Academic Lead

Natalie Allcock - Facility Manager

Ania Straatman-Iwanowska - Facility Technician

emlab@le.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3370

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