Welcome to Electron Microscopy Research Services

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Scanning Electron Micrograph of bee pupa

Electron Microscopy Research Services provide an electron microscopy service to students and researchers throughout the University. The facilities allow high resolution, high magnification imaging of a wide range of specimens from both biological and material sciences. We also provide a service to companies and individuals outside the University, not only in the North East but internationally.

Training courses in all areas of electron microscopy are available. Our training courses are aimed at absolute beginners but can be tailored to suit your needs if you have some experience.

Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have, just contact us for further help.


Electron Microscopy Facility Upgrade Begins

As a result of a successful BBSRC bid EM Research Services are pleased to announce the purchase of a Zeiss Sigma Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with Gatan 3view. The new SEM will be installed in April 2015 and will allow researchers to create 3D reconstructions at the ultrastructural level.
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This acquisition is the first step in the upgrade of the EM facility. As well as the SEM, there are plans for a new transmission EM with elemental analysis capabilities, which will be a valuable tool for both material and biological scientists. The old SEM will also be replaced with a new user-friendly SEM for imaging routine samples.

The laboratory area will be refurbished and will incorporate an office housing computers with the latest software (Amira and Image Pro Premium) for image analysis and 3D-reconstruction.

Once all the work has been completed, there will be an open-day for all current and prospective users. Additionally, anyone interested in hearing what the SEM + 3view is capable of can attend the Practicalities of... conference on March 23rd,where speakers from Newcastle University (Claire Rind) and the London Research Institute (Chris Peddie) will be talking about its many applications.



EM Research Services are part of Newcastle Biomedicine core scientific facilities within the Faculty of Medical Sciences. A full list of University Research Facilities available for commercial use can be found on the Services for Business web pages.


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We are members of the Royal Microscopical Society.