Electron Microscopy


The Electron Microscopy Facility provides a high-quality service for students and staff across the University, enabling state-of-the-art preparation of a wide range of biological and material specimens. We also welcome researchers from other academic institutions and commercial organisations.

The Facility works closely with collaborators across University colleges, enabling nanoscale imaging and analysis at the Kelvin Nanocharacterisation Centre (KNC) and the Imaging Spectroscopy and Analysis Centre (ISAAC).

For prices or further information please contact Margaret Mullin by email or phone 0141 330 4431/4893.

Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)

  • Conventional resin embedding of biological specimens
  • Semi-thin and Ultra-thin sectioning for light and TEM microscopy
  • Low temperature specimen processing for Immunocytochemistry
  • Negative staining and Methylcellulose/Uranyl Acetate embedding  

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

  •    Critical point drying 
  •    High vacuum metal sputter coating     

Specialised Cryo-Preparation Techniques

  • Cryo-Ultramicrotomy
  • Freeze Drying
  • Freeze Fracture  


Support and advice is provided by the core funded technical manager who has over 25years experience in electron microscopy techniques.

  • Processing for your specific specimen requirements from fixation to microscope
  • Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscope operation and imaging
  • Ultrathin sectioning
  • Critical point drying
  • High vacuum metal, Carbon coating, Glow discharge
  • Glass knife making, Formvar coating of specimen support grids