The following news items will give you an idea as to the range of activities EMLab is engaged in.


Showcase posterInaugural CAF breakfast showcase

[February 14 2020]


The Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF) will be running an inaugural breakfast event on Monday March 30th at 8.30am to showcase their facilities to businesses in the Thames Valley area.

This is a good opportunity to meet the Technical experts and listen to keynote speakers. An optional tour is also provided.

To register go to Eventbrite




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Visit to Kazakstan

[8th October 2018]Kazakhstan visit

Peter Harris recently travelled to Almaty, Kazakhstan to attend an international conference and discuss collaborative projects with scientists from the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. Peter presented an invited lecture at the conference describing his work on transmission electron microscopy of carbon. The picture shows a group of conference delegates on an excursion to the mountains near Almaty. Also in the picture is former CfAM director Prof. Geoff Mitchell.

International collaborationMeruyert visit

[26th January 2018]

This week EMLab welcomed a visitor from Kazakhstan, Meruyert Nazhipkyzy of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. Meruyert has previously spent time in Reading, working with Prof Geoff Mitchell on polymers. At present the main focus of her research is carbon materials, and during her visit she spent time studying carbon samples with Peter Harris using Reading's two transmission electron microscopes. Further collaboration is planned. Pictured with Meruyert are Saeed Mohan, Amanpreet and Peter.

Review ArticlePeters abstract


[12th January 2018]

Peter Harris has recently published a review article entitled "Transmission Electron Microscopy of Carbon: A Brief History". Peter has worked in this field for many years, and the review describes how the subject has developed from the earliest work to the present day. The paper appears in the new open-access journal "C" (see below), and can be found here

Guest Editor

[26th October 2017]

EMLab Manager Peter Harris has been invited to guest edit a special isCarbon logosue of the journal "C - Journal of Carbon Research" on the subject "Transmission Electron Microscopy and Carbon Materials". This is a new open-access journal, which means that papers are freely available to anyone in the world with internet access. Details of the special issue can be found here

Work experienceEMLab hosts two work experience students from local schools

[17th July 2017]

 Every year the EMLab welcomes work experience students from local schools. The students spend a week with us learning about our work, helping with activities such as specimen preparation and carrying out a small project of their own. This year we hosted Mariam Uwais from Kendrick School, Reading, and Sam Anderson from Forest School, Wokingham, who are pictured above. One of Sam's micrographs, of a stinging hair on a nettle leaf is [July 's image of the month]. We enjoyed having Mariam and Sam with us, and wish them well in their future careers.


New TEM party

[5th April 2017]

Guests from inside and outside the University, including our former colleagues Chris Stain and Matthew Spink, joined EMLab staff today to celebrate the opening of the new JEOL 2100Plus TEM facility. A light lunch, with excellent cakes prepared by Sherrie and Elaine, was enjoyed, followed by demonstrations of the new microscope and of the two SEMs. The new instrument is now fully operational, and beginning to produce exciting results for users across the campus.

The New Microscope is hereNew TEM

[20th February 2017]

Our new transmission electron microscope was delivered today. The delivery went smoothly, despite some difficulties created by the major building works going on in and around the JJT building.

Mr Morimoto of JEOL is now carrying out the installation, which is expected to take 2 - 3 weeks. Training on the new instrument will then be available.



Going, going, gone

[13th January 2017]CM20

As 2016 drew to a close we said farewell to the CM20 transmission electron microscope. The picture shows the microscope being dismantled. The CM20 was installed in 1992, initially as a joint facility for the Departments of Physics and Chemistry. In 2003 it became part of the Centre for Advanced Microscopy (CfAM), and subsequently EMLab. It has been heavily used over the years on a very wide range of projects, from virology to polymer science. The room is now being prepared for the new JEOL 2100Plus TEM, which we expect to be delivered in early February.



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