Boston Electron Microscopy Center (BEMC)

Welcome to Boston Electron Microscopy Center (BEMC)

The Boston Electron Microscopy Center is a multidisciplinary research and educational Shared Research Facility within the College of Science at Northeastern University. Currently, it maintains three electron microscopes including high-resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM) JEOL 2010F, high-contrast TEM JEOL JEM-1010, and high-resolution field emission scanning electron microscope (SEM) Hitachi S-4800 as well as a biological sample preparation lab. The BEM Center supports educational and research needs for students and faculty within Northeastern University community and provides electron microscopy-related services for other universities, institutes and industry.

The Boston Electron Microscopy Center has had a long history of research and instruction in electron microscopy dating back to 1964 with the initiation of a series of summer short courses that emphasized biological preparation techniques as the central theme using the Jeol 1010 acquired by the Biology Department.

In 2004 the Hitachi SEM was acquired under an NSF Instrumentation grant spearheaded by Professors Srinivas Sridhar and Don Heiman. Professor Meni Wanunu led the acquisition of the HRTEM JEOL 2010F.

The EM facility was operated by the Electronic Materials Research Institute and recently the Nanomedicine Innovation Center both directed by Prof. Sridhar. The facility was recognized as one of the mid-range resources by the National Academy of Science report on Shared Instrument Facilities. It also served as a Physico-Chemical Nanocharacterization Core Facility for the NIH funded Cancer Nanotechnology Center.

The BEMC is currently managed by Faculty Director Srinivas Sridhar.

Over the years the EM Center has supported 30+ faculty, 200+ post-docs and students, and 15+ external companies, hospitals, universities and government laboratories.

Northeastern’s BEMC welcomes classes, research groups and public for arranged demonstrations and lab tours. SEM and TEM training is available for small groups or individual users on an as needed basis.

Last Updated on July 21, 2022