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The Microscopy and Imaging Facility (MIF) is a world-class university-wide facility housing transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), advanced light microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), including single cell force spectroscopy (SCFS), and advanced image processing for three-dimensional electron and light microscopy. We are open to internal and external users and provide service, training and expertise in the following techniques:

  1. Transmission Electron Microscopy to analyze size distribution, fine structure and elemental composition of individual nanoparticles. Crystalline samples additionally allow atomic resolution and analysis of their crystal structure.
  2. Transmission Electron Microscopy Tomography extends and supplements conventional TEM and allows analyzing and visualizing the full 3D structure and inner geometry of the sample down to individual nanoparticles with a precision below 2nm.
  3. Scanning Electron Microscopy allows analyzing the fine structure of surfaces and the elemental composition of samples over a large size range from mm to nm. Additionally, a special imaging mode is available to image and analyze wet, fully hydrated samples when they cannot be dehydrated or their reaction to water should be analyzed.
  4. Single cell force spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy are used to image and characterize biological and material interfaces at sub nanometer resolution. We are among the first to embark on developing this technology not only for general use by other members of the University but also for future innovation and commercialization of the home-grown products and consumables.

While our facility primarily serves the faculties of medicine and veterinary medicine we have extensive experience with problems from Mechanical, Electrical, and Chemical Engineering departments, as well as from the departments Geology and Chemistry. We also frequently do analysis for the Oil Industry. This is in addition to our experience with diverse biological materials including anthropological and paleontological materials as well as a wide range of plant and animal materials from the biological sciences.