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Training Course: Introduction to Advanced Microscopy

23 May 2024

This course, led by The Bridge’s microscopy experts, will equip you with the knowledge and skills to utilise our powerful high-resolution microscopes and generate meaningful, quantitative data about your materials.

Course Description: Gain a comprehensive understanding of advanced microscopy techniques available at The Bridge. Learn how each instrument operates, how to use it effectively, and how the data it generates can provide crucial insights into your material properties.

Price: £495.00 + VAT (if applicable) – Limited Places Available.

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Course Agenda:


  • Introduction to Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM):
    • Principles of AFM operation
    • Hands-on guide to using AFM
    • Interpreting AFM data to understand material properties
    • Advanced AFM methods and modes
  • Introduction to Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDX), and Focused Ion Beam (FIB) – Individual Applications:
    • Unveiling the world of SEM: Functionality, operation, and material characterisation
    • EDX explained: Principles and data acquisition for material analysis
    • FIB: A powerful tool for subsurface exploration – Techniques and applications
  • Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM), and EDX-STEM:
    • Demystifying TEM: Operation, usage, and material characterisation with TEM
    • Unveiling the nanoscale: Exploring advanced methods with STEM and EDX-STEM

Lunch Break


  • Hands-on Session with AFM:
    • Gain practical experience in scanning samples and performing measurements
  • Hands-on Session with FIB/SEM:
    • Develop skills in using FIB/SEM for imaging, cross-sectioning, and EDX analysis
  • Hands-on Session with TEM:
    • Master the art of high-resolution imaging with TEM

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the principles and applications of various advanced microscopy techniques.
  • Understand the basic operation the AFM, FIB/SEM, and TEM available at The Bridge.
  • Interpret data acquired through these microscopy techniques to gain valuable insights into your materials.

Instructors: The Bridge’s Microscopy Experts

Our Microscopy Instruments

Price: £495.00 + VAT (if applicable) – Limited Places Available.

Registration Form

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