A major technological advance of the 20th century has been the invention of electron microscopes. These instruments have revolutionized our knowledge about the materials world. Electron Microscopy is a powerful technique, which has increased our knowledge and helped us to design new modern materials which today give us modern transportation, communication and consumer products. Within the electron microscope family there are two main varieties, the scanning and the transmission microscope. The scanning electron microscope enables us to see surface detail and structure, whereas the transmission electron microscope allows us to see inside materials revealing the hidden structure and components that make up that material. Electron microscopy has many diverse applications, however the main areas of use are material, physics, chemistry, biology, and medical sciences.
MCPF has a total six
microscopes, each with a specific purpose. A dedicated high-resolution
transmission electron microscope enables us to see interfaces and structures
at the atomic level, while an analytical transmission electron microscope
gives us structure and chemical information down to a few nanometers. Our
scanning microscopes provide crystallographic, topography and composition
information from the surface of the material, from a few 10ís of nanometers
to the macro scale. The microscopes are supported by
a wide selection of specialized sample preparation equipment.
High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope
Information Provide by
Quantitative elemental analysis
Semiconductors, ceramics, polymers, biological and composite