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Introduction to Analytical Electron Microscopy

  • 7.5 credits

This course focus upon the use of electron microscopy for material chemistry studies.

The course deals with how analytical electron microscopy (EM) can be used in material chemical studies, including nanomaterials. Both scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) will be covered.

The course provides a description of the construction of the TEM and the SEM and the basic physics behind image formation. Also included are electron diffraction techniques based on kinematic and dynamic diffraction, image formation based on mass contrast (low resolution), light field microscopy, dark field phase contrast at atomic resolution.

The course deals with how images taken with these techniques can be interpreted, eg. indexing and determination of unit cells of crystalline materials as well as theoretical calculations and image analysis.

It also provides an introduction to different preparation methods for EM. The course also deals with how chemical and spectroscopic analysis techniques in SEM and TEM can be used to obtain information on chemical composition using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy.


  • Course structure

    After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:

    • explain the basic principles of how transmission electron microscopes (TEMs) and scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) are designed and work
    • propose suitable sample preparation methods for EM studies
    • interpreting electron diffraction patterns and TEM imagesPage 1/2
    • describe how to obtain information about the chemical composition of a material
    • describe what type of material chemical problems can be solved with analytical EM


    The course consists of three modules

    • Theory 4 ECTS
    • Laboratory exercises 3.5 ECTS


    Teaching format

    Teaching format

    • Lectures
    • Seminars
    • Lab work




    • Written exam
    • Individual lab reports




  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Contact

    Course responsible:

    Chemistry Section & Student Affairs Office:

    Office:        Chemical Practice Laboratory M345
    E-mail:       chemistry@su.se


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