Courses in Electron Microscopy

The Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Laboratory provides basic to advanced training in all aspects of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), from specimen preparation to tissue thick/thin sectioning. We host formal semester long courses offered by the College of Science and Mathematics for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students using SEM and TEM in their thesis research, and on-site training for new users. Summer courses, workshops, seminars, and demonstrations are in development.

Formal Instructional Programs

EAES 496 EAES 592 “Microscopy and Microanalysis”
A practical introduction to a variety of microscopic imaging, compositional analysis, and sample preparation techniques that are widely used in research and industry. Imaging using a light microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM), chemical analysis and element mapping with energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry, preparation of soft and crystalline materials for SEM and/or TEM, preparation of thin and ultra-thin sections of specimens. This course is designed to be highly practical and hands-on, and will prepare the student for more in-depth courses on SEM, TEM, and x-ray techniques. 4 sh.
Course: ML-161 9:00am - 10:00am (lecture); ML-154 10:00am - 12:20pm (lab) Monday-Thursday
Instructors: Dr. Laying WuDr. Stefanie Brachfeld
BIOL 411 “Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy”
Basic theory and practice of electron microscopy. Specimen preparation, ultramicrotomy, microscopy, photographic preparation of final print, operation of the TEM, and interpretation of results. 4 sh.
Instructor: Michael Ganger
BIOL 406 “Scanning Electron Microscopy”
Introduction to the theory and practice of scanning electron microscopy including specimen preparation, beam-specimen interactions, and operation of the SEM. 4 sh.
Instructor: Michael Ganger
BIOL 489 “Selected Topics In Organismal Biology/Histotechnology”
A thoroughly laboratory-oriented course to lecture the student in theory and practice associated with mammalian tissue processing using the Parraffin Method. Each student must pass an examination plus prepare a slide set demonstrating their prowess at the conclusion of the semester. 3 sh.
Instructor: Dr. Stephen Koepp
GEOS 547 “X-ray Microanalysis”
An in-depth laboratory-oriented course in SEM Imaging and energy dispersive spectroscopy, qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis, and x-ray mapping. 3 sh.
Instructor: Dr. Stefanie Brachfeld
GEOS 579 “Instrumental Environmental Analysis”
A survey of instrumentation and methods for quantitative environmental analysis of inorganic earth materials (e.g., waters, soils, sediments). Hands-on analytical techniques will typically include, but are not limited to, pH and conductivity measurements, ion chromatography, UV-Vis and optical ICP spectrometry, ICP mass spectrometry, and SEM-EDS depending on expertise of the instructor(s). 3 sh.
Instructors: Dr. Matthew Gorring, Dr. Dibyendu Sarkar, Dr. Sudipta Rakshit

On-site Training Instructional Programs

On-site training courses for new and experienced users are available upon request in the EM imaging facilities. Special courses and certificated program may also be offered during Winter or Summer session. Contact Dr. Laying Wu for additional information.

Workshop, Seminar, and Demonstration Programs

The EM facilities provides workshops, seminars, and demonstration programs to our students, research staff or faculty. Contact Dr. Laying Wu to be added to our mailing list for program announcements.