Leica microscope in a dark room

Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Laboratory

The Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Laboratory provides basic to advanced training in all aspects of TEM and SEM. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) uses a particle beam of electrons through specimens to generate a highly-magnified visualization. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) produces images of a sample by scanning the surface with a focused beam of electrons. We cover the full process 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 and graduate students. This provides invaluable skills using SEM and TEM students can apply to their research projects. On-site training for new users as well as summer courses, workshops, seminars and demonstrations are also available.


The MMRL is located in suite 101, Center for Environmental and Life Sciences on campus at Montclair State University. Off-campus visitors are encouraged to enter campus at Normal Ave and follow signs to the Red Hawk Parking Deck.

Visit the Montclair Directions page for instructions on getting to Montclair State University.


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Laying Wu

Electron Microscopy Specialist/Lab Director

Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 100B