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Calcium Carbonate Micropillars

Micropillars of calcium carbonate (vaterite and calcite polymorphs) electrodeposited in a polycarbonate template that was dissolved to expose the synthesized structure.

Courtesy of Robert Moser

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 4000x
Detector: vCD
Voltage: 5.00 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 20 μm
Working Distance: 5.1 mm
Spot: 5.0

Semiconductor 3D Failure Analysis

Dual Beam corner cut was chosen for the 3D failure analysis. During semiconductor process, abnormal particle dropped and blocked the following metal filled in.

Courtesy of Chia-Lung Lin

Taken by DualBeam microscope

Magnification: 65k
Detector: TLD-S
Voltage: 10kV
Working Distance: 4.751
Spot: 3 nA

Basaltic Microbes and Biofilm

This is a colony of microbes epoxied into their biofilm after exposure to carbon sequestration (CO2) conditions of the Columbia River Basalts

Courtesy of Circe Verba

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 10000
Sample: Biogenic basalt
Detector: BSE
Voltage: 12 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 10 micron
Working Distance: 10.7
Spot: 3

Knot Human Hair

Knot human hair

Courtesy of Frans Holthuysen

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 400x
Sample: Hair
Detector: SE
Voltage: 7kv
Working Distance: 3 mm
Spot: 3 nA

Vitamin C

It's an environmental scanning electron microscope image of the fracture surface of an effervescent tablet of Vitamin C.


Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 1,500x
Sample: effervescent tablet of Vitamin C.
Detector: MIX: GAD plus LFD
Voltage: 10 kV
Vacuum: 300 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 199 μm
Working Distance: 12.9
Spot: 3.0

Volcano eruption

During failure analysis of light emitting diode (LED), an awesome volcano-eruption-like image was captured. The vivid red lava is erupted from the powerful volcano.

Courtesy of En-Chiang Lin

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Magnification: 5000X
Horizontal Field Width: 80 um


Mirror Detector used to show metal catalyst on top of Nanotube

Courtesy of FEI

Taken by Verios XHR SEM microscope

Magnification: 16000x
Detector: TLD
Voltage: 2.00 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 7.9 μm
Working Distance: 2.0 mm

Spine of Argulus foliaceus parasite

this spine it use of this parasite to fix on the fish

Courtesy of Mr. Badar Al-saqer , university of dammam

Taken by SEM microscope

Lead iodide flower

PbI2 is the precursor of metal halide perovskite MAPbI3-which is commonly used as the intrinsic layer of perovskite solar cell. Is flower is formed from PbI2 which is recrystalized its DMF solution.

Courtesy of Mr. Shen Wang , University of California, San Diego

Taken by Scios microscope

Magnification: 800*
Sample: lead iodide
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 30kV
Vacuum: 5*10-5 mbar
Working Distance: 7
Spot: 3.0

Zinc Oxide Nano Crystals

Zinc Oxide Crystals grown on a silicon wafer. Sample was tilted at 45 degrees.

Courtesy of Mrs. Miranda Waldron , University of Cape Town

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 10,000
Sample: Zinc oxide
Detector: SE
Voltage: 5 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 30um
Working Distance: 5mm
Spot: 2

Crystal Structures Vermicular

Na-Ca-Silica structures in sedimentary rocks - Crystal Structures Vermicular 2012

Courtesy of Mariano Davoli

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Magnification: 1500x
Detector: SDD
Voltage: 20 kV
Vacuum: 0.6 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 0,18 mm
Working Distance: 10 mm
Spot: 3.5 nA

Abandoned land----closeup view of a cactus spine

This is an image of the surface of a cactus spine.

Courtesy of Dr. Xin Zhang , Simon Fraser University

Taken by Helios NanoLab microscope

Magnification: 2,500
Sample: cactus spine
Detector: SE
Voltage: 1 kV
Vacuum: 5E-6 torr
Horizontal Field Width: 82.9
Working Distance: 4.4
Spot: 3


STEM image of 200 nm polystyrene nanospheres shadowed with gold on formvar-crabon grid.

Courtesy of Mr. Adolfo Martínez , Universidad de Málaga

Taken by TEM microscope

Magnification: 11,000X
Sample: polystyrene nanospheres
Detector: STEM
Voltage: 200 kV
Vacuum: 0.00001 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 22 μm
Spot: 6.0


Hydrothermally synthesized microclusters of SrCuSi4O10 crystals. We are interesting in exploring the hydrothermal chemistry of the metal copper tetrasilicate system in order to better match the size and morphology of our NIR emitting crystals to application.

Courtesy of Dr. Eric Formo , UGA

Taken by VolumeScope microscope

Bacterial buffet

The false-colored secondary electron micrograph shows a mouse macrophage feasting on silicified bacteria. At the University of New Mexico in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Rita Serda, Jimin Guo, Jacob Agola and Jeffrey Brinker are creating vaccines using silicified microbes and cancer cell replicas.

Courtesy of Dr. Rita Serda , University of New Mexico

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Magnification: 50,000x
Sample: mouse cell
Detector: SE
Voltage: 30 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 6 um
Working Distance: 9.7
Spot: 4.0

Kidney Stone

False-colored SEM image of the surface of a kidney stone. Urolithiasis is a common condition, with a prevalence of about 10%. Various types of urinary calculi have been described upon their mineral content and/or their morphology. The depicted stone is made of calcium phosphate crystals.

Courtesy of Prof. David Pérez-Morga , Université Libre de Bruxelles

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 23,083x
Sample: Kidney stone
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 30 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 11.71 µm
Working Distance: 2.3
Spot: 3.0


Oxidized carbon nano tubes treated with UV

Courtesy of Mr. Michał Rawski , Jagiellonian University

Taken by Krios microscope

Magnification: 380000x
Sample: carbon nano tubes
Voltage: 300kV

Nanoparticle Catalyst

The HRSTEM HAADF image reveals the nano-twin or stacking fault boundary in a nanoparticle catalyst, which were determined as the active site in chemical reaction by neutron diffraction experiments.

Courtesy of Chien-Nan Hsiao

Taken by Krios microscope

Magnification: 14,500,000 x
Sample: gold
Detector: HAADF
Voltage: 200 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 5.00 nm
Spot: 8.0

Biogenic Silica

Search for biogenic silica in ash and pumice; Pyrite filled diatoms and likely Foraminifera.

Courtesy of Circe Verba

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 1300x
Sample: ash
Detector: BSE
Voltage: 20 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 100 micron
Working Distance: 9.1
Spot: 5


Protozoan group (usually) secreting a calcareous shell; both planktonic and benthic representatives exist.

Courtesy of Philippe Crassous

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 3737
Detector: SE
Voltage: 10 KV
Vacuum: 10-4 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 79.8 µm
Working Distance: 9.7 mm
Spot: 3.0 nA

Scales of a Grass Snake

Scales of a grass snake

Courtesy of Oliver Meckes

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 40x
Sample: biological
Detector: SE+BSE+BSE
Voltage: 7kv
Vacuum: high
Working Distance: 22
Spot: 3

Goosefoot Nanostructure

A goosefoot plays gooseberry ZnO nanostructure.

Courtesy of Joern Leuthold

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 40000x
Detector: TLD-SE
Voltage: 3kV
Vacuum: 3*10^-5mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 7.46µm
Working Distance: 1.9mm
Spot: 2 nA

MRSA Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) bacteria on the surface of a wound dressing. Fixed with glutaraldehyde and dehydrated through an ethanol series. Coated with 5nm gold-palladium and imaged at ultra high resolution (semi-immersion optics). False-coloured.

Courtesy of Paul Gunning

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 18,501 x
Sample: MRSA bacteria on surface of wound dressing
Detector: TLD
Voltage: 5kV
Vacuum: High vacuum (approx 10 e-06 Torr)
Horizontal Field Width: 16.1 microns
Working Distance: 4.3 mm
Spot: 1.5 nA

Human Lymphocyte

Human blood cells: Lymphocyte

Courtesy of Louisa Howard

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 7825
Sample: human blood cells
Detector: SE
Voltage: 15
Working Distance: 9.8
Spot: 3.0

Water droplets on leaf

Water droplets on the upper side of a leaf, showing the hydrophobic nature of the leaf surface

Courtesy of Dr. Jim Buckman , Heriot-Watt University

Taken by SEM microscope

Sample: Leaf and water
Detector: GSE
Voltage: 20 kV
Vacuum: ESEM mode 6.5 Torr
Horizontal Field Width: approx 400 microns
Working Distance: 8.4 mm
Spot: 5.2