Electron Microscopy: Introduction to Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) AND SEM Sample Preparation
Duration 0.5 days
Training Units 1.0
Team Researcher Academy

Course Description

This course is designed for electron microscopy users at the nmRC and is suited ideally for novice users or those wanting refresher training. This course will cover:

  • Introduction to the nmRC
  • Introduction to scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Overview of SEM instrumentation
  • Introduction to sample preparation for SEM
  • Strategies for handling bulk, thick/thin film (plan-view/cross-section) and particulate materials
  • Strategies for handling hard, soft and temperature sensitive materials
  • Tripod polishing; dimpling; ion beam thinning; cleaning protocols/plasma cleaning

Learning outcomes

  • Familiarisation with nmRC facilities
  • Overview of history of SEM
  • Functionality of SEM instrumentation
  • Applications of SEM
  • How to prepare samples for SEM
  • Strategies for handling various materials
  • Specialist techniques and protocols for sample preparation



Pre-Requisites Target Audience - Post Graduate Researchers and Early Career Researchers in the faculties of Engineering, Medicine & Health sciences and Science 

Pre-requisites - Background in Engineering, Physical or Life Sciences 
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