Faculty of Biological Sciences

Electron Microscopy - Ancilliary Equipment

FEI vitrobot

Plunge freezing devices

We have several systems for the preparation of cryo samples by plunge freezing. This includes the FEI Vitrobot mk IV and the Leica EP GP.

These instruments give control of blotting time and pressure, humidity and temperature. Tweaking these parameters helps to reproducibly achieve a good, thin ice layer for cryo-EM imaging.

pumping station

Side entry holders

Several side entry cryo-holders and availible for use with the F20 and T12 microscopes, including Gatan 626 and Oxford Instruments 3500 holders.

Coating units

Carbon coating units

Carbon sputter coaters allow users to make custom EM grids for a wide range of applications.