Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (PEMC) provides support and access to a wide range of microscopy solutions by producing extremely high magnification analysis and images at high resolution. PEMC has been working with industry for over 30 years, providing an effective outsourced lab facility for companies throughout the UK, alongside its academic research users; supporting a broad user group, including aerospace, biomedical, microelectronics, photonics, engineering, food, geology and mining, manufacturing, renewable energy and textiles.

We are continually updating our equipment and instrumentation to enhance our capability and create new opportunities for collaboration and the latest of these is the Plymouth Materials

Characterisation Project which is designed to bring the “big company technology” of FIB-SEM to businesses in Devon (focused ion beam, scanning electron microscope).

As shown overleaf, FIB-SEM can be used to verify product quality, identify causes of failure and inform new product development, by giving users a 3D view of their specimen.

Thanks to European Funding, PEMC is able to offer 40 Devon businesses free use of the FIB-SEM and our Technical Specialists, to aid their company, using an R&D approach to new product development.

Text taken from the press releases here and here.