Electron Microscopy: Introduction to Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and SEM Sample Preparation - online
Duration 4 hours ( 2 hours self-study, 2 hours online seminar)
Training Points 1.0
Team Researcher Academy

This online course is run by the Researcher Academy 

The 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: PGRs and ECRs in the Faculties of Eng, M&HS and Sci 

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 
  • Cleaning protocols/plasma cleaning 
Process

This course will be delivered through a blended approach including asynchronous and synchronous delivery. 

The scheduled timings for this course are for the synchronous delivery only and the asynchronous delivery must be completed in advance. Overall length of course 4 h 

Asynchronous: Watch and Read. To be completed at own pace in advance of joining the on-line seminar webchat (Teams). Completion time: approx. 2 h. 

Synchronous: Join 2 h on-line seminar / webchat (Teams) for tutor Q&A, after completing asynchronous part of course. Completion time: approx. 2 h 

All materials will be available on Moodle course page. The Moodle course page will close to first time enrolments 24 h prior to the start of the webchat. 

How the register will be taken: To receive an attendance mark for this training, students must complete both the asynchronous and synchronous content and in the correct order. The register will be collated from both Moodle usage and the webchat Teams participant listing. 

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 

Booking Conditions 

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.  

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate. 

Please note, attendances for webinars/ online courses will still be recorded and corresponding training points, when shown as available, will be awarded.   

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