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Cantilever Beam

Cantilever beam machined on Si wafer.

Courtesy of Saravanan Arunachalam

Taken by Helios NanoLab microscope

Magnification: 10000x
Sample: Si
Detector: SE
Voltage: 20 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 3 micron
Working Distance: 4.1 mm

Nano texture

Nano texture produced by the V400ACE FIB microscope

Taken by V400ACE microscope

Voltage: 30 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 10 μm
Spot: 7.7 pA

ZnMnO nanoparticle (front)

ZnMnO nanoparticle of view from the front, these nanoparticles are able to trap air pollutants

Courtesy of Dr. Irma Estrada , Instituto Politecnico Nacional

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Magnification: 12 000 x
Sample: gold
Detector: SE
Voltage: 10.0 kV
Vacuum: .3 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 10.7
Working Distance: 4.0
Spot: 3.0

Mesoporous Silica

Surface of a mesoporous silica SBA-15 sample imaged at very high magnification, using 1keV landing energy and very low dose (3pA) for minimum charging and beam damage. Product: Verios SEM

Taken by Verios XHR SEM microscope

Colonies of Bacteria

Bacteria deposition on carbonate fluvial system

Courtesy of Mariano Davoli

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 30000x
Detector: SE
Voltage: 20 kV
Vacuum: High vacuum
Horizontal Field Width: 9.01 μm
Working Distance: 10.7 mm
Spot: 3.5 nA


Block face imaging using the Teneo VolumeScope of rat vessel. The LUT was changed to the fiji Fire LUT to enhance the extracellular matrix (dark blue). This structure has an important role in scaffold and tissue stress absoption as well as storage for different growth factors.

Courtesy of Dr. eric hanssen , Bio21 Institute

Taken by VolumeScope microscope

Sample: Rat skin in epoxy resin
Detector: BSE
Voltage: 3 kV
Vacuum: 0.5mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 0.122
Working Distance: 8.72
Spot: 9.0

Bacterial Snake

The fish pathogen Photobacterium damselae subsp. piscicida showing an abnormal elongated form wich resembles a snake

Courtesy of Mrs. Ana Franco , IDIVAL

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 9,000x
Sample: gold
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 25kV
Vacuum: 3mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 33.2
Working Distance: 8.9mm
Spot: 3.0

Polyethersulfone Filtration Membrane

FIB cut on PES (Polyethersulfone) filtration Membrane

Courtesy of Reingruber Herbert

Taken by DualBeam microscope

Magnification: 6000x
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 5.0 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 30 μm
Working Distance: 5.0 mm

Streptococcus phagocytosis

A mouse macrophage engulfing a Streptococcus chain


Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 15,000x
Sample: macrophage and bacteria
Detector: EDT
Voltage: 20 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 19.9 microms
Working Distance: 10.7 mm
Spot: 3.0

Novel Meso Phases Catalyst

Novel Meso Phases Vanadium pyrophosphate Catalyst can be used as Catalyst for selective oxidation of Hydrocarbons

Courtesy of Basant Kumar

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 20,000x
Detector: SE
Voltage: 5.0 KV
Vacuum: 2 x 10 -7 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 14.9 micron
Working Distance: 9.3 mm
Spot: 4.0 nA

Perovskite Catalyst

Mixed oxide of lanthanum, titanium and copper with perovskite structure. It has been studied as a catalyst in water treatment processes, in particular in ozonation photocatalytic of phenolics compounds. The catalysts promote the process of removing contaminants from water.

Courtesy of Maria Carbajo

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Magnification: 6500
Sample: Mixed oxide of lanthanum, titanium and copper
Detector: SE
Voltage: 5.00kV
Horizontal Field Width: 46 μm
Working Distance: 9.9 mm
Spot: 5.0

Cells from Scaffold

Cells seeded on the scaffold

Courtesy of Dr. Noor Azlin Yahya , Universiti Malaya

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 400 x
Detector: LFD
Voltage: 10 kV
Vacuum: Low Vacuum
Working Distance: 10.4 mm
Spot: 3.0

Tungsten filament

Household incandescent lamps use Tungsten filament because of their electrical and mechanical properties. Tungsten has strength, ductility and workability, tungsten can readily be formed into the filament coils use in bulbs.

Courtesy of Gerald Poirier

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 59x
Sample: Tungsten
Detector: SE
Voltage: 15Kev
Vacuum: -5 torr
Working Distance: 10.8
Spot: 3

Composite of nanostructured hydroxyapatite and polymer

Microparticles formed by nanostructured hydroxyapatite crystals and biopolymers. Hydroxiapatite (HA) is one of the most biocompatible ceramics because it is similar to the mineral constituents of human bone and teeth. This composite are interesting biomaterial for medical applications, especially for bone replacement. The colors were obtained using the software FEI Company

Courtesy of Mr. Izamir Resende , Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 50,000X
Detector: SE
Voltage: 20 kV
Vacuum: 0,0000325 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 5,97µm
Working Distance: 9.0 mm
Spot: 2.0


Taken by Explorer 4 CleanCHK microscope

Spores and Polystyrene

spores and polystyrene spheres

Courtesy of Dr. Fabio Borbone

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Detector: CBS
Voltage: 500 V
Horizontal Field Width: 13.8 μm
Working Distance: 4.3
Spot: 3.0


Foraminifera are indicator species used for reconstruction of past environments. This sample was taken from Cancun sand beach.

Courtesy of Ivan Jimenez Boone

Taken by MLA microscope

Magnification: 300x
Sample: Cancun sand beach
Detector: BSE
Voltage: 25 kV
Vacuum: Hi Vac
Horizontal Field Width: 500 µm
Working Distance: 10
Spot: 7.5

Accidental Bacteria

A small colony of bacteria was found proliferating on the surface of a newly developed bio-polymer. While the presence of bacteria was unintentional, the bacterial growth provides evidence for the bio-compatibility properties of the polymer.

Courtesy of Dr. Mark McClendon , Northwestern University

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 6000X
Sample: Bio Polymer Infected with Bacteria
Detector: SE
Voltage: 3kV
Vacuum: 1 e-3Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 42um
Working Distance: 6
Spot: 3

Dentinal tubules

Detail of the dentinal tubules viewed after demineralization process.


Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 13,462
Sample: Human tooth
Detector: MIX: SE plus BSE
Voltage: 10 kV
Vacuum: 130 Pa - Low Vacuum
Horizontal Field Width: 11 µm
Working Distance: 11.1

Compositional Map

Compositional map of the Ni based superalloy sample:  2D EDS multi-element compositional map of 512 × 512 pixels.  Acquired in <5min. Product: Talos TEM

Taken by Talos microscope

Diatom - Ultrafiltration of Water

Ultrafiltration of water. Deposits on a reverse osmosis filter

Courtesy of Gilberto Del Rosario

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 6,500 x
Sample: Diatom
Detector: SE
Voltage: 25 kV
Vacuum: high vacuum
Horizontal Field Width: 37,9 um
Working Distance: 9.5
Spot: 5.2

Wafer by FIB

Cutting a small round piece (R = 10-20 um) from the surface of the wafer by FIB. Then release it and glue it to a cantilever to be used as a mirror.

Courtesy of Hozanna Miro

Taken by DualBeam microscope

Magnification: 5000x
Sample: Si/SiN then Ta2O5/SiO2/...30-40 layers
Detector: SED
Voltage: 5kV
Working Distance: 5 mm
Spot: 3 nA

Polystyrene Lamellar

Polystyrene lamellar structures composed of nanospheres. When dispersed on a solid substrate (in this case silicon) the multiple layers of polystyrene nanospheres can crack during drying, due to capillary forces.

Courtesy of Luca Boarino

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 100x
Sample: Polystyrene nanospheres on silicon
Detector: SE
Voltage: 5 kV
Vacuum: .3 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 1 mm
Working Distance: 10 mm
Spot: 3.0 nA

Unwanted Guests

Parasites (pink) located in water fowl sperm duct.

Courtesy of Ms. Pat Kysar , University of California, Davis

Taken by SEM microscope

Magnification: 350x
Sample: Parasite in Fowl Sperm Duct
Detector: SE
Voltage: 20kV
Horizontal Field Width: 350um
Working Distance: 8.9

Arabidopsis leaf

This Arabidopsis leaf was taken from a seedling grown in total darkness. Note the crystalline prolamellar bodies within the etioplasts.

Courtesy of Ms. Pat Kysar , University of California, Davis

Taken by TEM microscope