The CIME is EPFL’s central facility in electron microscopy dedicated to studies in solid-state physics, material science, chemistry, and life sciences.
CIME is currently equipped with 15 instruments (7 TEM, 8 SEM/FIB ), providing a wide range of electron microscopy techniques and scientific support to all persons interested in electron microscopy. CIME guarantees to all EPFL research groups, external academics, as well as industry partners (under non-disclosure agreement) to get access to the best-suited technique for their purpose.
Since the inauguration of Energypolice campus of EPFL in Valais, CIME has been committed to providing service and scientific support to EPFL-Valais research groups. For this purpose, CIME has a satellite platform in EPFL-Valais. Equipped with a high-resolution low-vacuum SEM (Teneo) and a TEM (Tecnai Spirit 120 kV), CIME-Valais offers various imaging and analytical techniques.
New users of EPFL-Valais are requested to contact Dr. Emad Oveisi in order to discuss the specific needs. Users willing to receive training on the instruments are requested to submit the training application form during the office-hours (below this page). A sufficient theoretical background and basic understandings of the relevant electron microscopy technique are the prerequisites for the training. A quick test will be performed to evaluate the level. Following courses on theory and practice of SEM/TEM are organized within the doctoral schools of Material Science (EDMX) and Chemistry (EDCH), open to PhD students and PostDocs:
- Scanning electron microscopy (every semester)
- Transmission electron microscopy and diffraction (every semester)
- Introductory course in Bio-EM (every year)
- STEM and analytical TEM (every year)
- Tomographic methods (every year)
- Advanced Solid-state and surface characterization (every two years)
We are always open to discuss the specific demands of our users that may go beyond standard measurements. If you need the expertise and competence of the electron microscopy center but you do not want to become a fully trained user, scientific support is provided in designing and carrying your experiments
Should you have any questions concerning the usage of our facilities in Lausanne and Sion, you are welcome to come to the office-hours or contact CIME.
Monday and/or Friday mornings from 9h30 to 11h00 (depending on availability), I17 1 J4.
During the office-hours, you can meet with Dr. Emad Oveisi to discuss your training or service request without an appointment. Please note that all service/training requests should first be discussed during office hours. Requests sent by email will not be considered.