Electron microscopy (EM) brings imaging and analysis to a wide variety of samples across countless disciplines and industries. With EM, scientists and researchers can see the miniature micro- and nano-scale world all around us; anything from the interior of a human cell down to the arrangement of individual atoms in a metal alloy. By studying the very building blocks of matter, we broaden our understanding of ourselves, our world, and even our universe.
This page provides a variety of informational and educational resources on electron microscopy for students, educators, or anyone that simply wants to learn more about this fascinating technology.
This downloadable booklet offers an introduction into the history, technology, and instrumentation that make up electron microscopy. Obtain an overview of how electron and ion beam microscopes work, the results they can produce, and how researchers and scientists are using this data to address some of the greatest challenges of our time.
Electron Microscopy 101
The Electron Microscopy 101 blog series, part of Accelerating Microscopy, explores the fundamentals of EM in convenient, bite-sized posts. Below are some of our most popular articles, exploring topics such as the formation of an electron beam, how it interacts with atoms, and how those interactions can tell us what we're seeing.
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Everyday EM – How does electron microscopy impact the world around you?
From the food we eat, to the cars we drive, to the bridges and streets we travel on, you’d be surprised to learn how much of your daily life has been impacted by electron microscopy. Not only is EM a critical tool for quality control and assurance, it’s also driving the development of next-generation building materials and life-saving drugs. Explore the interactive diorama below to see even more examples of how electron microscopy is a cornerstone of our modern world.
MyScope Explore is an interactive online simulation of a scanning electron microscope (SEM), featuring real sample images. It offers a range of activities and information on EM, introducing the basics of magnification as well as the general structure and function of an SEM. An optional lessons plan on hydrophobic surfaces is also available for educators, suited for students 12-18 years of age.
For children curious about the microscopic world around them (or simply the young at heart) these coloring pages feature several illustrations of everyday objects imaged with electron microscopy. The back of each page also includes fun facts about the nanoscale, describing the size of a nanometer relative to familiar macroscopic objects. These pages are designed to be easy-to-print handouts, ideally suited for events or for the classroom.
This concise two-page flyer features general information on transmission (TEM) and scanning (SEM) electron microscopes as well as anaglyph 3D images recorded with SEM. See the structure of an EM column and find out why electron images are only available in black and white. Best viewed with red/blue 3D glasses!