San Francisco State University Electron Microscopy Facility

Image: Hensill Hall and Microscopy pictures

Electron Microscopy Facility

The Electron Microscopy Facility at San Francisco State houses a Carl Zeiss Ultra 55 Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM) that provides SFSU faculty, local universities, and industrial partners with the ability to perform cutting-edge research on naturally-occurring and fabricated nanostructures across a broad range of disciplines. 


Located in Room 138 of Hensill Hall, the Electron Microscopy Facility (EMF) includes a fully-equipped specimen preparation laboratory for both hard and soft (biological) materials. Hensill Hall is located on the North-East corner of campus on 19th Avenue between Buckingham Way and Holloway Avenue.  From the street level (3rd floor), take the elevator or stairs to the first floor.  The Electron Microscopy Facility shares a suite of laboratories with the Cell and Molecular Imaging Center (CMIC), which is accessed through HH138.  The Zeiss Ultra 55 detectors include a chamber-mounted Everhart-Thornley detector, an in-lens SE detector; an in-lens Energy selective Backscattered electron detector (EsB®), an Angle selective Backscattered electron detector (AsB®); a scaning transmission electron detector (STEM), an electron backscatter diffraction detector (EBSD), an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS); and a cathodoluminescence detector (CL).


There is a full suite of preparation equipment available in the microscopy facility. New users should refer to the description of how to get started using the electron microscopy facility, and the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). For SF State, outside academic, and non-academic users, there is a section on the charge rates for training and use of the facility. Consumables specifically designed for the Zeiss SEM are available from several electron microscope accessory vendors, and a list of consumables from one of these vendors is provided for convenience.

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