Courses

MCEM offers a range of courses, some of which are necessary to complete successfully before gaining access to the electron microscopes.

  • Introduction to Scanning Electron Microscopy: Theory and Applications in Physical Sciences
  • Fundamentals of Dual Beam Microscopy: Applications on a Qaunta 3D FEG
  • Fundamentals of Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD)
  • Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Introduction to Crystallography in Electron Microscopy
  • Introduction to Electron Diffraction in the TEM

Your training needs will be identified during your initial New Project Interview.

Introduction to Scanning Electron Microscopy: Theory and Applications in Physical Sciences (Required to access MCEM SEMs)

The scanning electron microscope (SEM) basic training course comprises both theory and hands on training, beginning with a 15 minute open book test based on the instrument's user guide carried out using the Monash MOODLE online system.

The first day of training begins with 6 hours of lectures on SEM theory, sample preparation and X-ray generation. This is followed by 2 x 3 hour "hands-on" sessions working in groups of 2, covering basic operation through to optical system alignment. Training continues with 1 hour of one-on-one training, reinforcing the previous work including secondary electron (SE) imaging, back-scattered electron (BSE) imaging and X-ray analysis. The 1 hour practical test follows, in addition to a 30 minute closed book written test based on the study notes and previous lecture.

After successfully completing the practical and theoretical test, a final 1 hour session is booked with the trainer to observe the user's sample and determine optimal operating conditions.

Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy (Required to access MCEM TEMs)

All new TEM users start with Tecnai T20 TEM training to a Supervised User level, preceded by a 15 minute open book test based on the Tecnai T20 TEM user's guide.

TEM supervised user training begins with two, two-hour lectures introducing the TEM, generally held on a Monday. The "hands-on" training occupies one full day during the same week and incorporates both a written and practical test. Some background reading is also required for the supervised user training and licence. Once licenced, supervised users can request further training to business hours level (independent operation). Business hours TEM training usually requires five two-hour sessions. Both the initial 15 minute and the final written tests are carried out using the Monash MOODLE online system.

Specimen Preparation Training

Specimen preparation for microscopy can be a very complex and time-consuming process. The number of training sessions required may range from one or two for the simpler techniques, to five or more for the difficult techniques.