Electron microscopes come in different shapes, sizes and types. Each has a special capability and when used correctly are very powerful investigative tools capable of revealing atomic structures.

Investigations of tissue organisation and individual protein structures are possible and reveal a fascinating and beautiful miniature world too small to be seen with the naked eye or with a light microscope.

We provide a cutting-edge comprehensive workflow to support life and material science electron microscopy (EM). We collaborate with leading international groups and instrument manufacturers to advance EM techniques, promote novel ideas and innovation, and understand the full potential of EM in basic and applied research.

Electron microscopes work in a vacuum and some samples must be made safe for viewing (for example, living tissue samples which contain water). Our staff are specialists in these techniques and they select the best workflow to answer specific questions, often combining dynamic and structural information obtained at different ranges of spatial resolution.

Below are some of the main techniques we use in the centre.