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Electron Microscopy Sciences



arrowOur Workshops

For many years, Electron Microscopy Sciences has sponsored and participated in workshops covering a wide range of preparation techniques for electron microscopy and light microscopy. Subjects have included materials microscopy and ultramicrotomy, SEM and TEM Specimen Preparation, Cryo-Techniques, and Immunogold Labeling.

Giving Back To The Scientific Community

With deep appreciation for all we have accomplished in partnership with the scientific community, we are excited to announce the opening of our newest facility, the EMS Microscopy Academy. We firmly believe in the endless possibilities of learning and working together. And so we have built a dedicated space where we can offer an ongoing series of workshops and training courses covering all fields of microscopy, including materials and biological science.

Here you can take advantage of state-of-the-art equipment and hands-on training led by our certified faculty. Our spacious labs have been set up to provide you with what we sincerely hope will be a valuable learning experience, both practically and theoretically.

Take a look at our current offerings, including full workshops, as well as shorter personal courses. We also give equipment demonstrations. Most importantly, we want this to be about you! We welcome your ideas and suggestions. Whether it's a full workshop, short course, or equipment demonstration, let us know what you want.

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We hope to see you soon,
Stacie Kirsch

arrowUpcoming Workshops

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arrowOur Faculty

Al Coritz, Electron Microscopy Sciences, Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA

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.

Helmut Gnaegi, Diatome, Ltd., Biel, Switzerland

Helmut's background is in engineering and he is one of the founders of Diatome, the leading supplier of diamond knives and related accessories, such as ionizers and manipulators, etc. He is also one of the leading instructors for ultramicrotomy courses (Biological and Materials) around the world.

Jerzy Gazda, PhD

Jerzy is a Materials Scientist with over 30 years of experience in characterization of inorganic materials. After completing his graduate work at Northwestern University, while working at Argonne National Lab, he moved to Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in their Process Characterization & Analysis Laboratory, and then lead Electron Microscopy Department of Cerium Laboratories, LLC. In those roles, over 14 years, he taught and practiced the art of sample preparation for SEM, FIB and S/TEM from wafers, microprocessors and flash memory, and provided range to analytical services to numerous clients engaged in fabrication of MEMS and microelectronics, PV, LCD, novel materials development. He has also been conducting research into novel materials and leading new product development at TE-Connectivity, Halliburton, and at leading nanomaterials provider for Lithium Ion Batteries - Black Diamond Structures, LLC, a SABIC company, focused on development of novel nanomaterials for high energy densityLithium Ion Batteries. Jerzy also operates NanoDesigns, LLC, a consulting practice.

Michael Kostrna, Electron Microscopy Sciences, Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA

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.

Peter van de Plas, Aurion, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Peter has a background in histology and immunocytochemistry and joined Aurion in 1991. During the pioneering of Aurion in the early nineties, he worked closely with Dr. Leunissen in founding a firm basis for Aurion. He contributed not only to the development of product applications, but also in designing the Aurion Immuno Gold Silver Staining workshop. He has been invited to many international microscopy conferences and workshops, and is especially experienced in providing hands-on training. Former workshop attendees and customers appreciate Peter for his technical support on and his thorough knowledge of the Immuno Gold Silver Staining techniques. The Aurion Immuno Gold workshops in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US have all been fully attended and very well received.

Rebecca Holdford

Rebecca is a consultant and annuitant of Texas Instruments, where she worked in various capacities from 1978 until 2015. Becky has worked in the semiconductor and semiconductor packaging industry for 35 years in fab process labs, device failure analysis labs, and packaging R&D groups, for both military and commercial devices. She specializes in failure analysis of packaging defects. She is a charter member of the Electronic Devices Failure Analysis Society (EDFAS), the Microscopy Society of America (MSA), Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) and IEEE. Becky is also a co-editor of Microelectronics Failure Analysis Desk Reference published by ASM International.

Robert Carlton

Robert worked for 40 years in the research and development of fiberglass insulation, orthopedics, and pharmaceuticals. His specialty is solid-state analysis with a particular interest in microscopy. Robert retired from full-time employment in early 2016. He is now teaching microscopy and consulting on solid-state analysis in pharmaceutical development. Robert's education is in chemistry, with a Ph.D. from Lehigh University. He has taken numerous courses at McCrone Research Institute on microscopy from Skip Palenik and Walter McCrone. Robert worked for pharmaceutical companies Rhone-Poulenc Rorer (Aventis, Sanofi), Elan (Nanocrystal), and GlaxoSmithKline in microscopy and solid-state analysis for 26 years. He published a book on Pharmaceutical Microscopy in 2011 with Springer.

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