Centre for Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (CESEM)

The Centre for Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (CESEM) was set up in 1998, to facilitate state-of-the-art research within the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) and foster collaboration across Heriot-Watt University. The facility is accessible to all students and staff across the University, and is also available for external commercial users.



Expertise

Imaging Platforms

Keywords - Electorn Microscopy: Scanning EM (Tungsten) | Scanning EM (FEG)
Keywords - Other: EDX | ESEM

1) Quanta FEG 650 SEM equipped with Oxford Instruments X-maxN 150 EDX detector. Also equipped with a range of secondary (SE, GSE) and backscattered (BSE) detectors, a cathodoluminescence (CL) detector, an electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD) detector, and a wet scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) detector.
2) XL30 W ESEM equipped with Oxford Instruments X-max 80 EDX detector. Also equipped with a range of secondary (SE, GSE) detectors, a backscattered (BSE) detector, and a cathodoluminescence (CL) detector. This suite also has a range of additional stages: Peltier cooling stage; thousand degree heating stage; two tensile-compression stages; microinjector; and cryo-stage (currently not in use).

Applications

Keywords - Physical Sciences: Bioengineering & biomaterials | Metallurgy/Alloy Development | Corrosion/Oxidation | Semiconductors and optoelectronics | Nanomaterials | Composites | Geology/Mineralogy | Planetary Science | Catalysts | Ionic conductors, fuel cells and batteries

The facility is used by a wide range of users from across the university, looking at materials such as: rock samples, ceramics, cements and concrete, various metals and alloys, fibre optics, solar cell materials and biological specimens.

Shared access

The facility is accessible to all students and staff across the University, and is also available for external commercial users.



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