New System: a part of ELMINET Graz


Yesterday the ELMINet Kick-off-Meeting took place. ELMINet is short for Electron Microscopy Network. It is a joint initiative of three universities to unite their expertise in the field of correlative electron microscopy. The Graz-wide network enables access to new instruments thereby opening options for interdisciplinary research cooperation. The kick-off-meeting was organised as a tour to the three different facilities, starting with opening words and impulse talks and a lab tour at the Department of Cell Biology, Histology and Embryology. Lab presentations and live demonstrations took also place at Plant Sciences (University of Graz) and Institute of Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis (FELMI, Graz University of Technology). At the FELMI the newly installed microscope Raman-SEM plus EDX (please scroll down for further information) was presented as well as our microtomy.


Monday, July 2nd 2018, 9:00 – 12:00

9:00 Welcome at the Department of Cell Biology, Histology and Embryology, Gottfried Schatz Research Center, Neue Stiftingtalstraße 6 / II

Opening words
Vice-Rector Mag. Caroline Schober-Trummler, Medical University of Graz
Vice-Rector Prof. Peter Scherrer, University of Graz
Vice-Rector Prof. Horst Bischof, Technical University of Graz

9:15 Impulse talks

Dr. Stefan Wernitznig (Medical University of Graz)
“Investigations of Neuronal Networks on Ultrastructure Level with State of the Art 3D Electron Microscopy Techniques”
Prof. Dr. Günther Zellnig (University of Graz)
“Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) – High Resolution Investigation of (Plant) Cell Structures”
DI Dr. Armin Zankel (Technical University of Graz)
“RISE – Raman Imaging and Scanning Electron Microscopy in Materials Science”

9:30 Lab Visit with Demonstration (ATUMtome and Zeiss Sigma 500)

10:00 Bus transfer to Uni Graz – Plant Sciences
10:15 Lab Visit with Demonstration (Zeiss Libra)

11:00 Bus transfer to TU Graz – FELMI
11:15 Lab Visit with Demonstration (WITec RISE and Zeiss Sigma 300)

Please have some impressions!



20 March 2018

New System

All in one: SEM & Raman & EDX = RISE + EDX

The new microscope features a fully integrated fast confocal Raman microscopy capability within the SEM chamber without any sacrifice on SEM specifications, operating independently and allowing correlated imaging between SEM (BSE-SE), EDS and Raman for structural and chemical information without complicated manipulation of the sample.

RISE stands for Raman Imaging and Scanning Electron microscopy. The seamless combination of the two techniques offers a distinct advantage when investigating samples, improves ease-of-use and accelerates experimental workflow.

This combination is the first installation in central Europe. We have already generated fascinating images and data. Please find some examples!

Raman Mapping of a Multi-layer Polymers Film

Left: Raman map in an SEM image  indicating different polymeric layers of the peelfilm; right: low voltage image of part of the peelfilm (rectangle mark in left image) revealing the structure of the polymer layers.

Raman: Cement Powder Particle Analysis

The combination of the depth of focus and material contrast of the SEM (BSE) with the depth resolution and chemical sensitivity of the confocal Raman microscope makes this analysis of particles in a powder without any sample preparation possible.


EDXS: Large Area Mapping

 Si Cu C Ca



Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact:
Hartmuth Schröttner  | +43 (0) 316 873 8349
Dr. Johannes Rattenberger | +43 (0) 316 873-8339


The Graz Centre for Electron Microscopy (ZFE) wants to thank the “Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort“ (bmdw) and the Austrian Cooperative Research (ACR) for financial support (PN: SP2016-002-006).

ELMINet Graz – Correlative Electron Microscopy in Bioscience



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Zeiss Sigma 300 VP

Large Area Mapping