Study Programmes 2017-2018
WARNING : 2016-2017 version of the course specifications
Electronic microscopies
Duration :
45h Th, 15h Pr
Number of credits :
Master in biomedical engineering (120 ECTS)5
Lecturer :
Philippe Compère
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents :
The course describes the physical principles and functioning of the major instruments in modern electron microscopy. It includes the following chapters : 1) Introduction and history of electron microscopy
2) Electron-material interactions (scattering and resulting particulate and electromagnetic radiations)
3) Instrument parts (vacuum pumps, electron guns and detectors, electromagnetic lenses)
4) Instrument operation and imaging in : - scanning electron microscopy (SEM in high vacuum, low vacuum, controlled pressure conditions including "environmental" or "wet" modes - transmission electron microscopy (TEM: different image, diffraction and high resolution modes) - scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM: principles, advantages and disadvantages)
5) Analytical electron microscopy - X-ray microanalysis (EDS) - Electron energy-loss spectroscopy(EELS) and energy filtering (EFTEM)
The course includes a practical learning on the preparation of samples for SEM/TEM as well as training sessions on the equipments of the Center of Applied Technology in Microscopy (CATµ-ULg).
This part constitutes an evaluated personnal work on a defined subjet, preferentially dedicaced to an original scientific question. 
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
Functioning principles and imaging modes in electron microscopy.
Interpretation of the images.
Influences of the imaging mode and of tunning different parameter.
Learming preparation methods for SEM/TEM in biological or material sciences accoding to the orientation of the students. 
Training as operator on SEM/TEM
Handle a short research using SEM/TEM with a good understanding of the obtained data. 
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Bases in Physics
Master degree students in Applied Sciences and Sciences
PhD students in Applied Sciences and Sciences including the Life Sciences, Geosciences, Agronomy, Archéology,...)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Recommended or required readings :
Assessment methods and criteria :
Oral examination
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Lectures during the 2nd period
Contacts :
Compère Philippe
+32 4 366 50 63