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African trypanosome

False-colored SEM image of the parasite Trypanosoma brucei gambiense (15 micrometers long) responsible for human sleeping sickness in Western and Central Africa. Human innate immunity is overpowered by this parasite through a mechanism that we have discovered in our laboratory. We have dedicated the past two decades to study the molecular arms race between humans and trypanosomes and discovered the importance of resistance to these parasites in human evolution. Laboratory of Molecular Parasitology and Center for Microscopy and Molecular Imaging, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (Daniel Monteyne, Etienne Pays and David Pérez-Morga).

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

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 20,752 x
Sample: Trypanosoma
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 20 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 10.79 µm
Working Distance: 7 mm

Gold Mushroom

Gold Nanorods are electrochemically grown to produce SERS active surfaces. Each rod has a diameter of approximately 200nm, however, the length is dependent on the deposition time. If the deposition time is too long, then rods become longer than the template. Without site directed growth, the gold forms larger aggregates, which resulted in the formation of the gold mushroom after the template was removed.

Courtesy of Jay Leitch

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 2000X
Sample: Gold
Detector: SE
Voltage: 20 KV
Working Distance: 10.2 mm
Spot: 3.5

Сarbon Black

Сarbon black

Courtesy of Maksim Kalienko

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Magnification: 2500x
Sample: Grafit
Voltage: 5 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 20 μm
Working Distance: 6.4 mm

Stainless steel

Stainless steel microstructure.


Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 5,000x
Sample: Stainless steel
Detector: MIX: SE plus BSE
Voltage: 20 kV
Vacuum: 2.3 e-4
Horizontal Field Width: 59.7 µm
Working Distance: 9.7
Spot: 4.5

Ruptured Gold Thin Film

A gold thin film on an ultra fine grained copper specimen, which was strained approximately 20%.

Courtesy of Joern Leuthold

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 4000x
Sample: Gold on copper
Detector: vCD
Voltage: 5 kV
Vacuum: 3*10^-6 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 74.6 µm
Working Distance: 5.5
Spot: 3

Leaf Trichomes

Image of lotus leaf trichomes, which are important for water repellence on the leaf.

Courtesy of Craig Queenan

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Magnification: 1500x
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 30 kV
Vacuum: 10^-6 Torr
Horizontal Field Width: 20um
Working Distance: 10 mm
Spot: 3.0 nA


Surface of activated carbon used as adsorbent in water treatment processes. Activated carbons are porous nature materials with high internal surface which gives them excellent adsorbent properties. This carbon has been prepared from biomass waste, specifically from walnut shells.

Courtesy of Dr. Maria Carbajo , UNIVERSIDAD DE EXTREMADURA

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Magnification: 700x
Sample: Activated carbon
Detector: SE
Voltage: 5 kV
Vacuum: 10-3 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 250 μm
Working Distance: 10 mm
Spot: 5.0

In the beer

The image corresponds to the malted barley used in the elaboration of a craft beer. Plant cell structure can be observed.

Courtesy of Dr. Maria Carbajo , UNIVERSIDAD DE EXTREMADURA

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Magnification: 2000x
Sample: barley
Detector: SE
Voltage: 15kV
Horizontal Field Width: 149 μm
Working Distance: 10 mm
Spot: 5.0


The Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) image is of the head of an embryonic Zebrafish. This is a model organism currently being used for studies into the genetic causes of neurodegeneration. This research project involves Kim Wager, a Ph.D. student jointly supervised by Dr Claire Russell (RVC) and Professor Robert Harvey (UCL School of Pharmacy). The Zebrafish was imaged under a FEI Quanta 200F Scanning Electron Microscope. Firstly, the sample was chemically fixed in 4% (w/v) paraformaldehyde in 0.1M Sodium Cacodylate buffer, followed by dehydration in graduated alcohol and drying in a Leica Critical Point (CPD300) dryer. Prior to imaging, the specimen was given a 5nm gold coating in a Quorum Q150 Sputter coater and imaged at 5KV. In addition, a high tilt angle of 65 degrees enhanced the full structure of the head region. A high-resolution digital image was captured, imported into Photoshop and was artistically coloured by Ms Annie Cavanagh.

Courtesy of David McCarthy

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 500
Sample: Biological
Detector: SE
Voltage: 5KV
Vacuum: 112/e-3 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 512
Working Distance: 15mm
Spot: 2

Enterococcus faecalis community

Enterococcus faecalis colonizing dentin surface Thanks Francisco Rangel - CENANO/INT

Courtesy of Ms. Thaís Silva , Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 20.000x
Sample: Teeth
Detector: GSED
Voltage: 10
Horizontal Field Width: 14.9
Working Distance: 9.8 mm
Spot: 2.0

Coffee Creamer

Coffee Creamer

Taken by Helios NanoLab G3 microscope

Colourful Bricks - The Skin of a Lizard

The skin of a lizard

Courtesy of Ms. Zehra Sinem Hortooğlu , İzmir Institute of Technology Center for Materials Research

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 145x
Sample: the skin of lizard
Detector: SE
Voltage: 3 kV
Vacuum: 2.71 e-3 Pa
Working Distance: 11.3
Spot: 3

Copper Fibers

Copper fibers and fragments. Chemically precipitated.

Courtesy of wadah mahmoud

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 30,000x
Sample: copper thin wire
Detector: SE
Voltage: 10 kV
Working Distance: 13.4 mm
Spot: 2.5 nA

Zinc Oxide Crystals

Zinc oxide crystals with a preference growth in the form of perfect stars


Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 5,000x
Sample: ZnO
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 18kV
Vacuum: High vaccum
Horizontal Field Width: 100microns
Working Distance: 5.1
Spot: 3.0

Dracocephalum Stomata

Stomata on Dracocephalum nectary

Courtesy of Mr. Michał Rawski , Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Magnification: 1750x
Sample: plant tissue
Detector: ETD SE
Voltage: 2 kV
Vacuum: 7.35e-4 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 83.5 μm
Working Distance: 10.5
Spot: 4.5


Crystals of some materials

Courtesy of Mr. Wadah Mahmoud , The University of Jordan

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 24000x
Sample: Ferrite
Detector: SE
Voltage: 5 kV
Vacuum: high vacuum
Working Distance: 9.3
Spot: 3.0

The gold island

This colorized image represents a residue of silver paste used for electrical discharge of the surface during a particular preparation of a TEM sample. The top view is similar to the satellite view of a paradisiac island in the pacific ocean.

Courtesy of Dr. Cyril GUEDJ , CEA, LETI, MINATEC Campus

Taken by FIB microscope

Magnification: 35,000x
Sample: silver on processed silicon
Detector: SE
Voltage: 5 kV
Vacuum: ?
Horizontal Field Width: 3,6
Working Distance: 4.9 mm

Crystalline Ni Fragments

Crystalline Ni Fragments DF-STEM image revealing high contrast crystalline Ni fragments in Boron nanowire. Product: Talos TEM

Taken by Talos microscope


This is growing on Lactuca sativa seed surface.

Courtesy of Yury Smirnov

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 11686
Sample: Lactuca sativa seed
Detector: SE
Voltage: 2kV
Horizontal Field Width: 25.5

Stoma of a potato leaf

Stoma of a potato leaf.

Courtesy of Alexander Kraft

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 4.000x
Sample: potato
Detector: GSED
Voltage: 30 kV
Vacuum: 9 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 75 µm
Working Distance: 9.3 mm
Spot: 3.0


Capillary net of a alveola showing the erythrocytes within the blood vessels.

Courtesy of Oliver Meckes

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 1800:1 x
Sample: Lung
Detector: SE+BSE
Voltage: 5 kv
Vacuum: High Vac
Working Distance: 9 mm

Crystalline Lattice

HR-TEM image showing crystalline lattice of B shell and Ni nanocrystal. Product: Talos TEM

Taken by Talos microscope

PFIB Section/Image

PFIB section and image through wafer-to-wafer bond region, exposing 4 µm diameter interconnecting spheres.

Courtesy of SINTEF

Taken by Vion Plasma microscope

Voltage: 30 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 51.2 μm


ZnO-Nanostructures grown through each other.

Courtesy of Peter Heß

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 20,000x
Detector: SE
Voltage: 3 kV
Vacuum: 0.0000277526 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 15 μm
Working Distance: 4.9
Spot: 3

Presolar Grain

This image shows a Sub-micron, nano meter sized pre-solar grain, isolated using FIB Qunta 3D-FEG, at the Johnson Space Center NASA. The grain is right under the carbon cap on the very top of the pillar shown in the picture. This sample is from a meteorite and the isolated grain showed, which later on experimentally proved, to be a pre-solar grain. This procedure of isolation made it possible to perform NANO-SIMS analysis and later on preparing a thin X-Section for TEM analysis on this really really precious grain. The study helped towards understanding the formation of stars in our galaxy as well as the origin of our own solar system.

Courtesy of ZIA RAHMAN

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Magnification: 25000x
Sample: Meteorite
Detector: SE
Voltage: 20 kV
Vacuum: 3 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 200nm
Working Distance: 9.9 mm
Spot: 5.0 nA

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