Training provided by the AIM Facility

Training and assistance in provided in the following but not exhaustive list of techniques:

Brightfield, Widefield, Confocal, Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopy.

The centre is a unique and important resource for members of the scientific community as they approach a variety of research problems that call for advanced Microscopy techniques.

On-campus researchers have access to the centre, and investigators from other third level institutes and the private sector are also welcomed. AIM has the capacity to undertake a limited amount of work, as well as offering assistance or advice in the following areas:

  • Brightfield Microscopy - including DIC and Phase Contrast imaging
  • Fluorescence Microscopy - including live time lapse imaging
  • Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
  • Confocal Microscopy laser scanning imaging
  • Raman imaging and spectroscopy
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Brightfield, Fluorescence, Confocal , TEM and SEM sample preparation
  • Negative staining. Specimen coating.
  • Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDX).Elemental analysis.
  • Immunocytochemistry in conjunction with  Fluorescence, Confocal  and Electron Microscopy.
  • 3D and 4D Imaging Analysis. Morphometry and Stereology.

Services provided by the staff can be tailored to the needs of the investigator. The examination of a broad range of specimens from cultured cells to polymers, and from nanoparticles to botanical samples can be carried out.

Training is generally carried out in a number of ways, using remote live streaming and face to face sessions bringing in a blended approach and can be tailored to the specific project.