Basics of Electron Microscopy Virtual Spring School 2021

The course, set across 4 afternoon sessions, will provide delegates with a mix of lectures, live microscope and sample preparation demonstration sessions, with lots of time for Q&A and discussion of participants projects. With a maximum of 10 participants per stream, we will provide plenty of opportunity for engagement with the course speakers. 

The course will be delivered in three streams, TEM for biological specimens, SEM for materials and TEM for materials. Delegates will be asked to choose one stream to work within, although some of the theoretical content will be shared between the streams. By the end of the course, delegates will have an understanding of the basic anatomy of the microscope and image formation, learn general methods of sample preparation and receive an introduction to microscope operation. 

Scientific Organisers

  • Professor Rik Brydson

    RMS Honorary Secretary Physical Science

    University of Leeds
    Rik holds a chair in the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) in the School of Process Environmental and Materials Engineering at the University of Leeds. He heads the NanoCharacterisation group based around the Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy (LEMAS) centre which is shared between Materials and Earth Sciences and also acts as an EPSRC facility for external UK researchers. He has a general research interest in high spatial resolution chemical analysis in nanostructured materials, and has a current research h index of 32 with over 25 years research experience in nanomaterials characterisation. He has managed extensive national and international collaborations including being current consortium leader for the UK National Facility for Aberration corrected Electron Microscopy, SuperSTEM at Daresbury

    Rik is also on the Management Board of the European Microscopy Society. He has written an RMS Handbook on Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (Bios /Taylor and Francis 2001), has co-written a book on “Nanoscale Science and Technology" (Wiley 2005), edited a recent RMS book on Analytical Aberration-corrected Transmission Electron Microscopy with Wiley and has contributed a number of other chapters in specialist books on electron microscopy by other professional bodies covering Physics, Chemistry and Engineering. In recent years his research interests have focused on applying high spatial resolution characterisation methods (particularly TEM and EELS) to the nanochemical analysis of softer, more radiation sensitive materials.

  • Dr Nicole Hondow

    University of Leeds
    Nicole is a University Academic Fellow in the area of Materials Characterisation at the University of Leeds. Prior to this she completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Chemistry at The University of Western Australia, and undertook postdoctoral research University of Leeds in the electron microscopy of materials relevant to catalysis and toxicology. Nicole’s current research uses analytical electron microscopy in the examination and quantification of nanomaterials in complex matrices.

  • Dr Rebecca Thompson

    Electron Microscopy Deputy Chair

    University of Leeds
    Rebecca is Facility Manager and senior cryo-electron microscopy (EM) support scientist at the Astbury Biostructure Laboratory, University of Leeds. Her research interests include imaging a broad range of biological specimens, from whole cells to macromolecular complexes, to high resolution using cryo-EM, and integrating data from EM with other microscopy techniques.