University of Dundee

Electron Microscopy

Imaging Technology for the future: an Interdisciplinary Light and Electron Microscopy facility at the University of Dundee
  • Imaging competition winning entry by Fraser Milne

Electron microcopy is critical in the development of analytical science and materials analysis, structural and functional biology and drug discovery at the University of Dundee.


  • Transmission Electron Microscopes
  • Scanning Electron Microscopes


Support is available in complex techniques, including sectioning and ultramicrotomy, immunogold labeling and x-ray micro analysis. Analytical techniques available in the unit include surface analytical techniques such as secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), Auger electron spectrometry (AES) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and bulk analytical techniques such as energy dispersive x-ray microanalysis (EDX). Compositional analyses from thin films can be obtained from EDX and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS).


The facility is supported by two technologists; Dr Yongchang Fan and Dr Alan Prescott. With collective experience in both physical and biological electron microscopy applications, the team are able to work with research staff from all disciplines within the University and facilitate collaborative and interdisciplinary research.