We are finally installing the new Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope in 3 West 2.16C. This instrument will have a much greater resolution than the old instrument (0.9nm @1kV / 0.7nm @30kV). It will also be equipped with secondary and backscattered electron detectors, a scanning transmission electron detector (STEM), a Quorum PP3010 cryo preparation system for freezing biological samples and two large area energy dispersive X-ray detectors (a standard one and one optimised for low kV work).

The second instrument is a replacement for our Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy-Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX). We have ordered a Hitachi SU3900 very large chamber SEM with a large area Oxford Instruments live EDX mapping detector. This instrument has much better low kV performance than our current instrument and is equipped with high and low vacuum secondary and backscatter detectors.

To make full use of the new instruments we have also purchased two new coaters: a high resolution Quorum Q150V ES carbon coater and a high resolution Quorum Q150V S chromium coater, both equipped with tilt and rotation stages.

We will get in touch when they are installed and operational.