Core Biotechnology Services


The EMF has a range of equipment and wet lab areas specifically for sample preparation and imaging of biological samples. 

We offer a full sample preparation and imaging service or user training and supervision. 

Transmission Electron MicroscopeJEOL JEM-1400 TEM

  • Transmission Electron Microscope
  • 120kV Tungsten Filament
  • EMSIS Xarosa 20MP digital camera


  • Resin embedded cells and tissues
  • Negative staining proteins and macromolecules
  • Nanoparticle analysis
  • Tomography
  • Immunogold labelling
  • CLEM


Zeiss Gemini 360 FEGSEM

  • Field Emission Gun Scanning electron Microscope
  • 7 detectors including in-lens SE & EsB, NanoVP & aSTEM 
  • Oxford Instruments Ultim Extrem EDS


  • Bacteria and Biofilms
  • Micro-organisms
  • Surface morphology of animal and plant tissue
  • Surface morphology of cell cultures
  • Elemental analysis
  • Array tomography
  • CLEM


  • Leica UC7
  • Reichert Ultracut E
  • RMC MT-7 

Quorum Q150 TES coating unitQuorum Q150 TES coating unit

  • Turbo molecular pump 
  • Vacuum to 5 x 10-5 mbar
  • Easy multi choice menu options
  • Au/pd, Chromium or Platinum targets
  • Argon or air gas supply


  • Glow discharging
  • Plasma cleaning
  • Sputter coating
  • Carbon coating
  • Aperture cleaning

Polaron SC7640 Sputter coaterPolaron SC7640 Sputter coater

  • Manual or automatic control
  • Gold target
  • Argon gas supply

Bal-tec CPD 030 Critical Point DryerBal-tec CPD 030 Critical Point Dryer

  • Large high pressure chamber 
  • Liquid CO2 exchange medium
  • Acetone, Amyl acetate or ethanol transition fluids


  • Drying large or delicate samples for SEM imaging
  • Model organisms
  • Tissue biopsies
  • Plant and insect 
  • Cells and micro-organisms

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