UWE Bristol invests in Electron Microscopy Suite

Issue date: 28 June 2017

Microscope suite

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has launched a new microscope suite in the Department of Applied Sciences at its Frenchay Campus. The new facility will boast two very powerful machines.

Dr Lyn Newton, Head of the Department of Applied Sciences at UWE Bristol, said, “We made a major investment in an upgrade to our Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and in the purchase of a new Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).

“These new pieces of equipment are in essence very powerful microscopes with significantly higher magnification than that of a normal microscope that uses light, such as those used in schools.

“The new microscopes enable users to get images of very fine details of samples. The TEM upgrade gives us a state-of-the-art digital capture facility on an existing machine, meaning that we can get instant low cost images. The SEM is a replacement of a previous less powerful machine.”

Dr Newton is excited at the potential that the new resources bring. There will be tangible benefits to researchers and students. The TEM is easier and cheaper to use, and importantly will be more accessible for students. She said, “The SEM has a much better quality of image than the old one and will enable researchers to investigate samples in a way that we could not do before this purchase.”

There are numerous internationally-recognised projects currently being carried out at UWE Bristol that will benefit from this equipment: from investigations into viruses which attack bacteria to biosensing projects that are working on the development of sensors for the medical industry.

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