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Center for Electron Microscopy

Center for Electron Microscopy

Groundbreaking research requires the best tools. That’s what we provide at the Electron Microscopy Center. Available to campus users, external users and others, the tools let us see the world in a whole new way.

Scholars and researchers in need of technical support and consultation in the areas of light microscopy, electron microscopy, and elemental analysis will find what they are looking for at the Electron Microscopy Center (EMC).  Located in the basement of the Coker Life Sciences building on the Columbia campus and administered by the  College of Arts and Sciences, we are a multi-user facility open Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We provide three main services:  research support, training, and outreach.  Research support is provided by designing experimental approaches to suit investigators’ needs.  Training consists of instruction to faculty, staff, and students -- as well as to external users -- in how to use Center equipment; formal courses are also offered for undergraduate and graduate students on the theory and application of microscopy and imaging.  Our outreach program, which includes tours of our facility and providing information on microscopy applications, is directed to community groups, the state’s K-12 students, and other higher educational institutions.

We operate on a cost-recovery basis, and fees are assessed for consumables, equipment use, and staff support. Our major shared instruments include a JEOL JEM 2100F high-resolution analytical transmission electron microscope, a Hitachi H8000 200kV transmission electron microscope, a FEI Quanta 200 environmental scanning electron microscope with EDAX EDS system, and a Cameca SX50 electron microprobe. Ancillary equipment includes ultramicrotomes, rotary microtomes, sputter coater, critical point dryer, and carbon evaporator.

Please peruse our website for more detailed information on what services the Electron Microscopy Center can provide for you!