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Skidmore College
Skidmore Microscopy Imaging Center - SMIC

Scanning Electron Microscopy Laboratory

The scanning electron microscope (SEM) and specimen preparation instruments are located in the Robert Mahoney Electron Microscopy Laboratory, a 1,200 sq ft, 5-room, modern electron microscopy suite. The SEM, a JEOL 6480LV, was purchased with funds from the National Science Foundation.

Specifications of the JEOL 6480LV SEM:

Illumination System:
Tungsten Filament
Accelerating Voltage:
1-30 kV
Sample Holders:
4 and 8 hole
Secondary and backscatter detectors
High and low vac imaging, cryo-stage for LV-cryo imaging
X-ray Microanalysis:
Bruker-AXS EDX system with X-ray mapping


Ancillary Equipment:

  • Two ultramicrotomes: Reichert Ultracut E and Leica
  • Sputter coater
  • Critical point dryer
  • LKB knife maker
  • BalTec JFD 030 Jet Freezer

Equipment is also available for freeze spraying, freeze slamming, freeze substitution (to 90C) and low temperature plastic embedding.

SEM Image Gallery