Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS)

Scanning Electron Microscopy provides superb visualisation at high magnification and the associated EDS capability can provide an elemental profile of a specimen.

SEM-EDS has a wide range of applications across biology, chemistry, forensic science and engineering. Capable of excellent resolution at nanometre scale and with superb depth-of-field, the production of images for investigation and publication is unrivalled. The inclusion of EDS analysis to investigate chemical composition is particularly useful for engineering and forensic science applications.

Our instrument can also analyse specimens in low vacuum and our INCA software has the capability to automatically scan a sample for gunshot residue (GSR) particles.

Examples of work carried out on this instrumentation include:

  • Determination of pollution particulate levels
  • Imaging of diatoms, insects, plant material
  • Bacteria and biofilms
  • Forensic investigation of heat damage to hair
  • Identification and classification of fibres
  • Measurement of tool marks in bone
  • Gunshot residue and firearms research
  • Quality assessment of photovoltaic thin film fabrication
  • Assessment of manufacturing specifications of abrasive papers
  • Investigation of parts failure in engines and other mechanical structures



  • JEOL JSM 6610V variable pressure scanning electron microscope with Oxford MMax50 X-ray EDS system

SEM Teaching

Cartridge Casing


Photo of Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS)


Opening Times

The instrument must be booked in advanced

Usual access times are Mon – Friday 9am – 17:00pm



Note – automated analysis for GSR is possible

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