TEM suite


A transmission electron microscope (TEM) uses a beam of electrons to image materials. A new, extremely powerful aberration-corrected TEM will be installed in the SNH - set to be the most powerful microscope in our region. This will enable scientists and engineers to see the atomic structure of materials and devices, to learn about their chemistry and even the forces binding the atoms together. This opens up enormous possibilities for understanding the relationships between the behaviour, properties and performance of materials and their fundamental structure. This will facilitate a vast range of new research.

The ability of these aberration-corrected TEMs to observe atoms means they are extremely sensitive to even the slightest change in environmental conditions, such as vibration, sound or body heat. To enable the clearest image to be captured, the TEM instrument room is separated from its control room, Even a room temperature change of 0.1 degrees or a train passing nearby could affect the image quality.

This separation also allows for a more flexible research experience, with multiple research collaborators able to be present in a comfortable office environment without disturbing the microscope.

The TEM suite in the Sydney Nanoscience Hub has been cut into the hillside to form one of the most electromagnetically and mechanically stable environments on Earth.

Our new TEM will be operated by Sydney Microscopy and Microanalysis - one of the University's core research facilities and headquarters of the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF). The AMMRF is a network of collaborative research infrastructure that provides all researchers with access to high-end equipment and associated expertise. This enables excellent research outcomes that deliver significant benefits to Australia through innovation, increased productivity and wellbeing.