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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Image: Nikki Lee and Linda Sandblad

Welcome to Umeå Core Facility Electron Microscopy (UCEM)

Umeå Core Facility for Electron Microscopy or UCEM is a joint resource for research and higher education in electron microscopy techniques. The Core Facility is a USER facility for structural and chemical characterization of materials at micro- and nanometer length scales. The aims of the Core Facility are (1) providing high-quality service and technical in scanning and transmission electron microscopy, (2) conducting basic and practical courses, workshops and training on electron microscopy, and (3) assisting in cross-disciplinary research activities on the development and applications of advanced methodologies in electron microscopy and microanalysis.

The major financial contributions to the Core Facility are Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR), Chemical Biological Centre (KBC), Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC), Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science and Technology, Västerbotten County Council, Kempe Foundation and Berzelius Centre for Forest Biotechnology.


School Outreach Program - EM Lecture & SEM Demonstration - 12 March 2015
Around 20 high school students with their school teacher from Skellefteå attended the program (EM lecture given by Linda Sandblad and SEM demonsration by Nikki Lee). This is an outreach activity organized by KBC (person-in-charge: Tobias Sparrman) and Umeå University. 

Basic Course in TEM and SEM - 1 ECTS   22-24 April 2015
EM Basic Course covers fundamental theory and operational principles as well as specimen preparation techniques for scanning and transmission electron microscopy. This course will include both lectures and laboratory demonstrations. The TEM laboratory session will focus only on biological specimens while the SEM laboratory session will cover both biological and materials science samples.
Instructors: Linda Sandblad, Lenore Johansson, Nikki Lee
* Introduction to TEM and SEM is prerequisite requirement for TEM and SEM user training @ UCEM.
REGISTRATION CLOSED! Deadline: April 6th 2015. For more information, and to register, click the respective links below:
If you have any questions, please email the instructors.

Practical course at UCEM, 8 - 12 December 2014
TEM sample preparation course part II – Chemical fixation, high pressure freezing, freeze substitution and plastic embedding methods including practice on ultra-microtome sectioning, immunogold labeling, post staining and TEM imaging.
Pre-requisite criterion: EM Basic/Practical course or existing TEM user. We will run this training course if we have 4-6 interested applicants. We will preferentially select students who like to work with their own sample, and work with EM sample preparation and imaging in their future project.
First look at the methods that will be covered, since this course focus only on these methods. Please write a short motivation and what sample you have to prepare. We will accept students on a first-come-first-serve basis, if your motivation is realistic and fits to the course aims.
Since the fixation and plastic embedding takes time, you need to bring your sample to Lenore on Monday 1st December, and a new sample on the first course day, Monday 8th December. Students attending all theoretical and practical parts of the course, will receive a certificate for 1,5 ECTS.
Teachers: Lenore Johansson, Sara Henriksson and Linda Sandblad
Please register by sending email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Field Emission SEM for Life Science Workshop, organized by UCEM KBC Umeå University and sponsored by Swedish Bioimaging (November, 17th - 19th 2014)
Online registration: CLOSED
If you are interested to attend workshop lectures , please email Linda Sandblad or Nikki Lee before November 12th, 2014

SEK 57M for new advanced Electron Microscope - Successful application by UCMR and MIMS scientists within national network
For more information, kindly refer to:

Electron Microscopy Basic Course March 2014
NOTE: PARTICIPANTS who did not attend parts of the EM lab demonstration, please contact Linda Sandblad. Participants need to complete all laboratory demonstration to attain 1 ECTS and receive a 'Certificate of Participation'. For those who haven't collected their certificates, please contact Linda or Nikki Lee.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 08:48