Electron Microscopy: Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and TEM Sample Preparation
Duration 0.5 days
Training Units 1.0
Team Researcher Academy
This course is delivered by the NMRC in conjunction with the Researcher Academy

Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.


Target Audience: Postgraduate research students and Early Career Researchers in the faculties of Science, Engineering and Medicine & Health Sciences. 


Process - Seminar


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 transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
  • Overview of TEM instrumentation
  • Introduction to sample preparation for TEM
  • 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 TEM
  • Functionality of TEM instrumentation
  • Applications of TEM
  • How to prepare samples for TEM
  • Strategies for handling various materials
  • Specialist techniques and protocols for sample preparation

Booking Terms and Conditions 

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Latecomer policy

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