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Inside Tree

Xylem vessel in plant wood

Courtesy of Mr. Wadah Mahmoud , The University of Jordan

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 12,000x
Detector: SE
Voltage: 3 kV
Vacuum: High Vacuum
Working Distance: 9.5
Spot: 3.0

Sea Shell

Image of a sea shell; courtesy of student Jillian Hojsak.

Courtesy of Alyssa Calabro

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Self Assembly of Polystyrene Nanospheres

Self assembly of 500 nm polystyrene nanospheres onto optical photoresist. The nanospheres acts like microlenses, exposing the resist and patterning it with a dot structure. After metalisation (in this case sputtered permalloy) the following lift-off leaves the metal structure on the upper pert of the microphoto. In the lower part the original array of self-assembled nanospheres used as microlenses.

Courtesy of Luca Boarino

Taken by Inspect F50 microscope

Magnification: 8000x
Detector: SE
Voltage: 5 kV
Vacuum: .3 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 40 µm
Working Distance: 8.1 mm
Spot: 2 nA

Cigarette Filter

Cross-transverse view of a cigarette filter, showing cellulose acetate fibers.Research conducted by Laboratório de Tabaco e Derivados (LATAB)/Divisão de Química Analítica(DQAN)/ INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNOLOGIA (INT). Smoking is a trap. Quit now!

Courtesy of Francisco Rangel

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 1000X
Sample: cellulose acetate fibers
Detector: Mix: SE + BSE
Voltage: 10 kV
Vacuum: 131 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 298 μm
Working Distance: 15
Spot: 4.5

Titanium nitride nanofibers

One dimensional titanium nitride nanofibers prepared by electrospinning

Courtesy of Dr. Wei Luo , Oregon state university

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 20,000X
Sample: Titanium nitride
Detector: SE
Voltage: 10 kV
Vacuum: 0.1 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 5.97 μm
Working Distance: 4.9 mm
Spot: 3.0

Tin Balls

Image of tin balls, which are used to calibrate scanning electron microscopes (SEMs). The image was taken at a tilt of 57 degrees.

Courtesy of Mr. Daniel Oldfield , RMIT University

Taken by Verios XHR SEM microscope

Magnification: 2500X
Sample: Tin balls
Detector: SE
Voltage: 10kV
Horizontal Field Width: 170um
Working Distance: 4.0
Spot: 6.3pA


Grid used for sample growth and TEM observation

Courtesy of Cyril GUEDJ

Taken by DualBeam microscope

Magnification: 20,000
Voltage: 10 kV

Crystal Flowers

Sulfur-rich crystal formations deposited on the RJ Lee Group Passive Aerosol Sampler. Collected at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (Please note: Images captured by Darlene McAllister. Colored by Ashley Moore.

Courtesy of Ashley Moore

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 20000x
Detector: TLD
Voltage: 5 kV
Working Distance: 4.0
Spot: 3

Clay platelets

Platey crystals of kaolinite clay and quartz crystal (RHS)

Courtesy of Dr. jim buckman , Heriot-Watt University

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 3000
Sample: Kaolinite and quartz cements in North Sea reservoir sandstone
Detector: BSED
Voltage: 20 kV
Vacuum: 0.82 Torr
Horizontal Field Width: 69.1 um
Working Distance: 8.3 mm
Spot: 4.5

Iron Oxide Layer

Investigation of the morphology and composition of an oxide layer formed on the surface of a steel X70 . Research conducted by the technologist Thais Mansur (Division of Corrosion / INT / MCTI ).


Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 2000x
Sample: Iron oxide
Detector: SE PLUS BSE
Voltage: 10 kV
Vacuum: 70 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 149 µm
Working Distance: 15.0
Spot: 3.0

Silver minerals

Argentite crystals on a matrix of native silver

Courtesy of Mr. Ivan Jimenez Boone , Peñoles

Taken by MLA microscope

Magnification: 500x
Sample: Feed
Detector: SE
Voltage: 25kV
Working Distance: 10.0
Spot: 7.3

Clay and Dolomite

Kaolinite and quatrz between dolomite rhombs

Courtesy of wadah mahmoud

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 16000x
Sample: dolomite rocks
Detector: SE
Voltage: 2 kv
Horizontal Field Width: 5 micron
Working Distance: 11.6 mm
Spot: 3 nA

Iron Sulfide

Iron sulfide formed by corrosion of steel in acid solution saturated with hydrogen sulfide at 1 bar and 24ºC

Courtesy of Maria Jose Cancio

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 500x
Detector: SED
Voltage: 25 KV
Vacuum: 1.3 10-5 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 50 microns
Working Distance: 9.8 mm
Spot: 5.3 nA

Elphidium Subarcticum


Courtesy of Ekaterina Nikitina

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 183x
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 5 kv
Working Distance: 15 mm



Courtesy of Dr. Aldona Nowicka , Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 1,200
Sample: charcoal
Detector: SE
Voltage: 20 kV
Vacuum: 1,33e-4 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 124um
Working Distance: 10mm
Spot: 4,5

Nickel oxide

Surface microstructure of a nickel oxide (NiO) formed during high temperature oxidation of Ni-based superalloy at 1150 C for 100h. It formed on a single crystal Ni-based superalloy that is commonly applied for jet engine turbine blades and vanes working at temperature of 1100-1200 C.

Courtesy of Mr. Radosław Swadźba , Institute for Ferrous Metallurgy

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 1500
Detector: BSE
Voltage: 15kV
Working Distance: 6.2



Courtesy of Gokhan ERDOGAN

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 4219x
Sample: Diatome
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 5.0
Vacuum: 4.29e-6mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 70.59μm
Working Distance: 10.4
Spot: 2.5

Torilis Arensis

Torilis arvensis is commonly known as Spreading Hedge Parsley. The plants grow up to 3 feet in height with tiny flowers clustered in small flat-topped umbels. T. arvensis fruit (schizocarp) measure 4-6mm and usually hold 2-4 individual seeds (mericarps). The schizocarp is covered with velco-like appendages which attach to clothing and fur allowing them to hitch a ride to new terrain.  This sample was air dried, mounted onto an aluminum stub and sputter coated with gold.  It was viewed on a Philips XL30 TMP SEM at 20 kV in the EM Lab of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UCDavis. The image was colorized using Adobe PhotoShop Elements 2.0 software. The image shows one of the seeds within the schizocarp and affords a better appreciation for their cunning hitch-hiking techniques. Note the various velco-like appendages. The more "thorny" limbs (tan) are found on the schizocarp while the blunt appendages are part of the mericarp. Pollen (yellow) can be seen on the flower surfaces (pink).

Courtesy of Pat Kysar

Taken by SEM microscope

Magnification: 400x
Sample: Torilis Arensis
Detector: SE
Working Distance: 30
Spot: 3

14nm 10um

14nm 10um, Helios G4 PFIB

Taken by Helios G4 PFIB microscope


The picture above shows cork structure. It is composed of suberin, a hydrophobic substance that has impermeable, buoyant, elastic, and fire retardant properties. Cork's bubble-form structure and natural fire retardant make it suitable for acoustic and thermal insulation in house walls, floors, ceilings and facades. Cork's elasticity combined with its near-impermeability makes it suitable as a material for bottle stoppers, especially for wine bottles. Cork stoppers represent about 60% of all cork based production.

Courtesy of Mr. Marcos Rosado , Institut Catala de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 526
Sample: Cork
Detector: SE
Voltage: 20 kV
Vacuum: 10e-4 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 567 µm
Working Distance: 15 mm
Spot: 4.0

Golden nanoblob

Gold nanoparticles on a SiN substrate molten together under the influence of the electronbeam, forming one 'large' blob of gold.

Courtesy of Mr. Marien Bremmer , Leiden Institute of Physics

Taken by Tecnai microscope

Magnification: 420,000
Sample: Au / SiN
Voltage: 200
Spot: 3.0

Earth Layers

CVD synthesis of carbon nanotube on Si substrate

Courtesy of Viviana Gonzalez

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 350x
Sample: Carbon
Detector: SE
Voltage: 15kV
Vacuum: 3mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 50um
Working Distance: 4
Spot: 3

Gallium Phosphide

Pyramidal shape (ice cream like) of a GaP nanocolumn tipped by a spherical ball containing Ga + In metallic liquid. The metallic ball is coverd by a carbon nanomembrane. The structure was grown by the Metallorganic Chemical Vapours Phase Technique. The colors were obtained by mixing the signals of secondary and backscattered electrons. The mixing is performed using the software FEI Company.


Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 50,000X
Detector: MIX: SE (channel 1) and BSE (channel 2)
Voltage: 10 kV
Vacuum: 1.63e-6 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 5.97 μm
Working Distance: 10.0 mm
Spot: 2.0 nA

Indium oxide

Indium oxide octahedra. Sample courtesy: Sergio Roso.

Courtesy of Dr. Mariana Stankova , URV

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 40,000x
Sample: indium oxide
Detector: SE (ETD)
Voltage: 30 kV
Working Distance: 6.7


Mixed oxide of lanthanum, titanium and ruthenium with perovskite structure. It has been studied as a catalyst in water treatment processes, in particular in ozonation photocatalytic of phenolics compounds.

Courtesy of Maria Carbajo

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Magnification: 7500x
Sample: Mixed oxide of lanthanum, titanium and ruthenium
Detector: SE
Voltage: 10 kV
Vacuum: 3.27e-4 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 19.85 μm
Working Distance: 6.9 mm
Spot: 5.5

2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Three scientists; Dr. Jacques Dubochet, Dr. Joachim Frank, and Dr. Richard Henderson, were awarded the prize for their developments within Cryo-Electron Microscopy.

We are extremely proud of what these researchers and the structural biology community have achieved.