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Electron Microscopy Sciences

EMS Microscopy Academy Applications

Workshop Information

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arrow13Introduction to Microscopy Techniques Workshop

This course will give participants an overview of specimen preparation requirements.

Examples of the endless possibilities in the field of Microscopy

Targeted Participants

Individuals who are new to the field of microscopy with little or no experience with specimen processing, microtomy, or instrumentation.

Scope of Class

This course will give participants an overview of the specimen preparation requirements, basic skill sets, and instrument theory/operation needed to perform as a technician in an electron microscopy laboratory.


The EMS Microscopy Academy
Located in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, the Academy provides electron microscopy classes, workshops and training sessions for all fields of microscopy, including materials science and biological science.


Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice, as well as round table tips and tricks discussions.

Main Curriculum

  • Specimen chemical preparation, theory and practical lab work, for OLM, TEM, and SEM
  • Sectioning for OLM (0.5 µm), TEM (100-60 nm)
  • Critical Point Drying (CPD) and HMDS prep for SEM
  • Instrument theory and hands on operation for OLM, TEM, and SEM

Instruments Available

Hitachi S3500 SEM Leica UC7 Microtome Zeiss TEM
Q150T Coater RMC Power Tome XL EMS 9000 Microwave
Lynx II Processor K850 CPD K750X Freeze Dryer


Al Coritz
Al has been working in the Electron Microscopy field for 39 years, beginning at the Yale School of Medicine and ending up on the commercial side with several key EM companies. His specialty is Cryo-techniques and Thin Film Technology: i.e. Freeze Fracture/Rotary Shadowing, High Pressure Freezing, and more. He is currently with Electron Microscopy Sciences where he has been the Technical Director for over 20 years.

Michael Kostrna
Michael was the program director of the Electron Microscopy Technician program at Madison Area Technical College and has more than 35 years in EM technical education and research experience. He has been training EM students for 30 years and has developed curricula and lab exercises for TEM, SEM, OLM, lab safety, introductory and advanced biological EM, EM, maintenance, and x-Ray microanalysis. He has worked with companies such as SC Johnson Polymer, Dow Chemicals, Io Genetics, Virent Technologies, ABS Global, NanoOnocology, and Microscopy Innovations, and in the process gained insight to the various applications of EM.

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