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Location of facility

SciTech Daresbury Campus

Capabilities and services provided

SuperSTEM is an internationally-renowned electron microscopy user facility, which acts as a focal point for driving forward developments in scanning transmission electron microscopy in the Physical Sciences, both in the UK and internationally.

The facility provides a world leading capability for the direct imaging of atomic structures as well as elemental composition and chemical and bonding analysis in thin samples down to single atom levels. As such it supports the elucidation of structure-property relationships in advanced materials and devices for the benefit of the user community.

SuperSTEM has gathered a team of world-leading experts in the field of scanning transmission electron microscopy and energy loss spectroscopy who, in addition to developing their own research programmes, are dedicated to assisting facility users and collaborators with their projects.

The main facility instruments are optimised for studies requiring single-atom precision and sensitivity: 

  • UltraSTEM100 microscope (40-100kV operation, EELS, EDXS, muti-mode imaging)
  • UltraSTEM100MC microscope (40-100kV operation, EELS at ultimate 10meV energy resolution, multi-mode imaging)

Further details on additional capabilities and services provided are available on the facility’s website.

Contact for access

Director: Prof. Quentin Ramasse,

General enquiries:

Instructions for access:

Proposals for access are reviewed on a rolling basis with no specific call (an evaluation of all received proposals is carried out approximately every six weeks). Prospective users are strongly encouraged to contact facility staff prior to submitting a proposal to discuss the feasibility of their project and the appropriateness of the equipment for their work.

Research Areas aligned to facility

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