Hitachi Global STEM Outreach Project portable SEM

A collaboration between the Institute for Research in Schools, The Royal Microscopical Society, The Natural History Museum, Hitachi High Technologies and Oxford Instruments. 

The Project Leaders
James Perkins, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Faversham, Kent, and Alex Ball, Imaging and Analysis Centre, The Natural History Museum, London.

What are we offering?

  • Free loan of the portable SEM for up to half a term

  • Full training and support

  • Materials to assist you with teaching and training

  • Free transport of the SEM to and from your school. 

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About the SEM

Hitachi TM4000Plus

Portable SEM with Secondary and Backscattered electron detectors

Variable Pressure design (no sample coating required)

Oxford Instruments Aztec One EDX system included

Can carry out point analyses and mapping

Weight - 50kg

Dimensions - 65cm x 50cm

Maximum specimen size - 2cm diameter, height 5-10mm

Each SEM comes with a set of demo samples and kits to prepare your own samples

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How hard is the SEM to operate?

The SEM user interface is simple to use.

It can usually be used on automatic settings.

Most users understand it intuitively and require only a few minutes training to master the basics.

More complex functions are available if you want them, and full training and online support will be provided.