Sorby Centre for Electron Microscopy

Transmission electron microscope diffraction pattern of aluminium alloy 2006.

As a leading facility for electron microscopy in the UK, the Sorby Centre delivers world-class research through the application of advanced electron and ion beam microscopy.

Knowledge of the microstructure and chemistry of materials underpins our understanding of their behaviour and provides a pathway to innovation that drives forward technological advance.

Based within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, our research capabilities span a wide range of engineering materials: metals, ceramics, semiconductors, 2D structures as well as polymers and other soft materials. The centre hosts a range of cutting edge instrumentation offering techniques including: Energy Filtered scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Cryo-Focused Ion Beam (FIB)/SEM and Aberration Corrected Transmission and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM/STEM).

At the University of Sheffield, the Sorby Centre is proud of its long established and renowned reputation of excellence. The experience and expertise of the facility and its staff are available to support university researchers as well as wider external collaborators, both academic and industrial whilst a specialist consultancy service is also available to commercial customers.

3d Printed Fibers The surface of a ceramic sample. Chromium oxide residue formed by splashes from a steel pouring cup.
lithium cobalt manganese oxide which can be used to make a battery, like the one you'd find in your Oxide crystals Porous material lying on a fibrous material
High magnification image of a tissue engineering scaffold with a multiscale porosity. Steel oxide interface This is a highly porous material we have designed for cell culture.