Electron Microscopy Core

The Electron Microscopy Core (EMC) is a central facility offering access to instrumentation, training, and service using scanning (SEM), transmission (TEM) and scanning transmission (STEM) electron microscopy, surface analysis (XPS) and vibrational spectroscopy (Raman). EM instruments and services are located in two laboratories, one on each side of campus. EMC staff have a broad range of experience covering life and materials science specimen preparation, imaging and spectroscopy using electron microscopes and surface analysis using XPS and Raman.

The EMC mission is to provide cost-effective, safe and efficient access to state-of-the-art and core electron microscopy imaging and analytical characterization, and also surface analysis by XPS or Raman, with 24/7 access for the UIC community and beyond. In addition to instrument access, EMC staff offer advice, hands-on training, education and research collaboration. EMC aims to promote, enable, and encourage cutting-edge education and research using the core’s instrumentation.

Instrumentation in the EMC includes two TEMs for materials science applications, one TEM for life science applications; two SEMs used by both life science and materials science users, XPS and a Raman Spectrometer. Equipment for life science specimen preparation includes freeze substitution, coating, and ultramicrotomy. Equipment for materials science specimen preparation includes slicing, disc cutting, polishing, ultramicrotomy, electrochemical and ion beam milling.

Notice to all Research Resources Center Customers

In order to minimize COVID-19 spread, the Research Resources Center, Electron Microscopy Core is implementing the following temporary mandatory guidelines for using this core:

  • All customers entering the core space must wear new, clean gloves
  • If there is a need to remove gloves, wash your hands with soap frequently and for at least 20 seconds. Do not touch your face or other individuals. Replace gloves as soon as possible
  • Instead of shaking hands, exchange greetings with a wave, bow, or nod
  • Try to keep at least one meter/three feet distance between yourself and others
  • Disinfect anything you used during your visit with 70% ETOH or IPA after every use
    • Any surfaces on the instruments before and after usage including panels and keyboards
    • Please wear gloves while you are cleaning the surfaces
  • IPA bottles will be stored in the specimen prep lab (east and west) Please put them back to the specimen prep lab after each use

If you have any flu like symptoms (g., fever, cough, shortness of breath) please do not use the core services. You should stay home and follow the appropriate guidelines as indicated by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) – http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus.