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Electron Microscopy Center

The Electron Microscopy Center (EMC) is a core facility located in room L.118 on the lower level of the Basic Sciences Building that houses a JEOL Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). The TEM is available to serve the diverse research interests of our students and faculty at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Support and instruction in the use of the TEM is offered to all members of our academic community. Arrangements for the preparation of your biological specimens can be made through the EMC Director. Please contact the EMC Director to initiate a new project and to discuss technical approaches and feasibility.

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Equipment and Facilities

JEOL JEM-1230, 120kV Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), with high-resolution CCD camera, digital image acquisition hardware and software, motorized goniometer & position memory functions, and Lab6 (long-life) filament.

Other ancillary equipment to support and facilitate specimen preparation includes: two Leica ultramicrotomes for thin-sectioning of specimens, a Leica rotary microtome for accommodating larger plastic embedded specimens (such as JB4 resin) for high-resolution optical microscopy, a Vibratome microtome for pre-slicing of whole specimens (such as brain), and a Biowave high-tech microwave oven. An on-site image analysis area includes: a Nikon Eclipse light microscope with a Nikon DS digital camera system, and a centrally located, recently updated PC workstation loaded with StereoInvestigator and various other software, connected to a high-resolution film scanner, and printers. A photo-darkroom is also available on-site for film processing.

JEOL Electron Microscope


Accelerating voltages from 40-120kV
5-axis motorized gonimeter

Image Acquisition

  • Hamamatsu ORCA-HR CCD Camera (2624 x 2400 pixel) with AMT Imaging Software 
  • Negative sheet film

Special Functions

  • Image Orientation System allows for electronic image rotation
  • Minimum Dose System allows for beam-sensitive samples
  • Through Focus allows for automation of focal series to optimize focus
  • Separate investigator accounts store user-specific operating parameters

Data Storage

  • CD / DVD
  • USB Flash/ Memory Stick
  • Internal Network Share

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