In co-operaation with the RWTH Aachen university, the ER-C houses two electron microscopy facilities which focus on different scientific areas that can be examined using this fascinating technique.
The ER-C Material Science Facility houses conventional and state-of-the-art electron microscopes, ranging from standard scanning electron microscopes to highly-specialised aberration corrected instruments offering sub-Å resolution imaging and spectroscopy, as well as quantitative measurements of electromagnetic field distributions using phase contrast techniques that include off-axis electron holography and 4D STEM. If needed, a broad range of sample preparation techniques can be provided, too.
The Ernst-Ruska Centre Life Science electron microscopy facility offers user access in high-resolution cryo-electron microscopy as well as ultrastructural cellular EM methods. Together, both approaches enable the visualization of biological molecules, viruses, bacteria, human cells and tissue from various model systems over a range of resolution scales from atomic, molecular, subcellular to cellular detail.