Technology Platform Electron Microscopy
The technology platform Electron Microscopy, with a focus on materials science, conducts electron microscopic investigations for all institutes within the MIN Faculty of the UHH and for external clients. Electron microscopy is one of the fundamental methods to extensively investigate micro- to nanoscopic structures. It allows for the imaging of particles up to atomic resolution and the determination of, e.g., the chemical composition, elemental distribution of the sample with high spatial resolution, and crystal structure.
- Do you have questions about the utilization of electron microscopy?
- Do you have questions about sample preparation?
Feel free to contact us(em-service.chemie"AT"uni-hamburg.de) — we are here to help you!
Which samples can be analyzed?
The applications of electron microscopy are diverse regarding the sample size, chemical composition, sample nature, research inquiries, etc. Various sample preparation techniques (including collaborative approaches) are available. Therefore, prior to the examination, a discussion should be held to elaborate on the sample and the research question, enabling the selection of the most suitable measurement method, and an appropriate sample preparation technique. It is important to consider that the quality of the measurement and the clarity of the results also (sometimes significantly) depend on the quality of the sample (purity, uniformity, etc.). Since electron microscopy provides highly detailed information from small areas of the sample, it is often helpful to conduct additional characterization methods that describe the entirety of the sample (such as XRD, SAXS, DLS, optical spectroscopy, etc.) beforehand.
For the actual measurement, only small sample quantities are required (e.g., around 10 µl solution for TEM grids). However, the sample amount should be manageable, especially in the case of solid samples.
Advice and contact
Are you interested in electron microscopic analysis? Reach out to the service facilities of the Chemistry Department at the MIN Faculty to discuss feasibility, sample preparation, and implementation.
Dr. Charlotte Ruhmlieb
Coordinator Electron Microscopy
Phone: +49 40 42838-7937
The Technology Platform Electron Microscopy provides access to scanning electron microscopes (SEM) and transmission electron microscopes (TEM).
Institute of Physical Chemistry
How is training on the equipment conducted?
Independent use of equipment is only possible in exceptional cases. In this case, please contact Charlotte Ruhmlieb(charlotte.ruhmlieb"AT"uni-hamburg.de) by e-mail.
The applicant will receive training on the respective device. Upon successful completion of a practical examination, the applicant will be registered as user and will get access to the microscope including access to the booking calendar.
How can I book equipment?
The user will have access to the booking calendar (Outlook).
The Electron Microscopy Technology Platform has the following microscopes:
- FEI Quanta 3D FEG
- Zeiss LEO Gemini 1550
- JEOL JEM 101
- FEI Tecnai G2 Spirit Twin
- JEOL JEM-2200FS
For more information on the individual instruments, please visit the website of the Chemistry Department at the MIN Faculty.