Office of Science


EMSL hosts a variety of sophisticated microscopy instruments, including electron microscopes, optical microscopes, scanning probe microscopes, and computer-controlled microscopes for automated particle analysis. These tools are used to image a range of sample types with nanoscale—and even atomic—resolution with applications to surface, environmental, biogeochemical, atmospheric, and biological science. Each state-of-the-art instrument and customized capability is equipped with features for specific applications.

Capability Detail

For a full listing, refer to the "Capabilities" table that links to detailed information about each of EMSL's microscopy instruments. Brief details about the primary microscopy tools available to EMSL users include:

  1. Geochemical and Mineralogical Investigation of Uranium in Multi–element Contaminated, Organic–rich Subsurface Sediment .
  2. Syngas Conversion to Gasoline-Range Hydrocarbons over Pd/ZnO/Al2O3 and ZSM-5 Composite Catalyst System.
  3. Elucidating graphene - Ionic Liquid interfacial region: a combined experimental and computational study.
  4. Uncertainty analysis of multi-rate kinetics of uranium desorption from sediments.
  5. In situ SEM and ToF-SIMS analysis of IgG conjugated gold nanoparticles at aqueous surfaces.
  1. Interpretation will crack the microbial language code (Microbial communication)
  2. Newly discovered mechanism could regulate gene activity (Bacterial genes for stress)
  3. Iron-reducing bacteria could detoxify chromium (Chromium detoxification)
  4. Targeted strategies improve efficacy of enzymes to convert biomass to biofuels (Enzyme evaluation)
  5. Iron-bearing minerals in sediments naturally reduce contaminant levels (Lack of iron)

Microscopy Capabilities Available at EMSL

Instrument Contact
Electron Microprobe (for radiological samples) Arey, Bruce
McKinley,James P
Electron Microscope: Dual FIB/SEM (FEI Helios) Arey, Bruce
Electron Microscope: Dual FIB/SEM, Environmental (FEI Quanta) Laskin, Alexander
Lea, Scott
Electron Microscope: Dual FIB/SEM, Environmental for radiological samples (Quanta) Arey, Bruce
Lea, Scott
Electron Microscope: Photoemission (PEEM) Joly, Alan G
Electron Microscope: Transmission, CRYO 2005 Dohnalkova, Alice
Electron Microscope: Transmission, Dynamic - (avail. Oct. 2014) Browning,Nigel D
Evans, James
Electron Microscope: Transmission, Environmental Kabius,Bernd C
Kovarik, Libor
Electron Microscope: Transmission, Liquid Helium, Cryo (JEOL) Evans, James
Electron Microscope: Transmission, Radiological (ARM) Lea, Scott
Electron Microscope: Transmission, Scanning with Electron Energy Loss Spectrometer Lea, Scott
Wang, Chongmin
Electron Spectrometer: XPS Imaging Engelhard, Mark
Nandasiri,Manjula I
Mammalian Cell Culture Orr, Galya
Mass Spectrometer: Single Particle (SPLAT II) Zelenyuk, Alla
Microscope: Fluorescence, Single-Molecule Hu, Dehong
Microscope: Fluorescence, Single-Molecule /Patch Clamp Orr, Galya
Microscope: Fluorescence, Super Resolution Structured Illumination Orr, Galya
Microscope: Helium Ion Jiang, Weilin
Lea, Scott
Shutthanandan, Shuttha
Microscope: Scanning Probe, AFM Compound Hu, Dehong
Microscope: Scanning Probe, AFM, Bioscope, Radiological Rosso, Kevin M.
Microscope: Scanning Probe, AFM, Geochemistry Lea, Scott
Rosso, Kevin M.
Microscope: Scanning Probe, DI Nanoscope IIIa Multimode Lea, Scott
Microscope: Scanning Probe, Dynamic Force Rosso, Kevin M.
Microscope: Scanning Probe, Scattering IR SNOM Craig, Ian
Lea, Scott
Microscope: Scanning Probe, STM/AFM, Low Temperature, UHV Lyubinetsky, Igor
Microscope: Scanning Probe, STM/AFM, PicoSPM Rosso, Kevin M.
Microscope: Scanning Probe, Variable Temperature Lyubinetsky, Igor
Microscope: Scanning Probe, Variable Temperature UHV Dohnalek, Zdenek
NMR Spectrometer: 500-MHz WB Bruker (Imaging) - (Bastiat) Renslow, Ryan
Spectrometer: Atom Probe Devaraj, Arun
Perea, Daniel
Spectrometer: Fluorescence, Cryogenic Wang, Zheming
Spectrometer: FTIR - standard Johnson, Tim
Spectrometer: High Spatial Resolution Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (NanoSIMS) Zhu, Zihua
Spectrometer: Raman/Epifluorescence, Inverted Confocal Bowden, Mark
Hess, Nancy J.
Vasdekis,Andreas E
Spectroscopy: Fluorescence, Time-resolved Wang, Zheming
X-ray Computed Tomography Bowden, Mark
Varga, Tamas
Microscopy Capability Lead: Scott Lea , 509-371-6233