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Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) vs. Scanning Electron Microscopy(SEM)


Electron Microscopy (EM) is an imperative observation method for the investigation. In this regard, the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) are significantly important when it comes to observation and analysis of minute prokaryotic cells such as bacterial pathogens cells [1].



The two fundamental kinds of electron microscopes are the SEM and the TEM [1]. Albeit the two sorts were created around the same time, they contrast in a general sense in their employments. In short, the SEM creates a picture with the assistance of optional electrons that gives the watcher the impression of three measurements, while the TEM ventures electrons through an ultrathin cut of the example and produces a 2D picture. There is likewise a third, less utilized sort of electron microscope, the scanning TEM which has highlights of both and utilizations a scanning electron bar to enter thin examples. Contingent upon the instrument utilized, examples can be amplified generally about ten to ten thousand times in SEMs and between five hundred to five hundred thousand times in TEMs [a].

TEM Mechanism

Following are the four main components of TEM: an electron optical section, a vacuum framework, the vital electronics, and control programming [a]. An advanced TEM regularly involves a working section surmounted by a vertical section and containing the vacuum framework, and control boards strategically located for the administrator. The microscope might be completely encased to diminish impedance from ecological sources and worked remotely.

The electron segment incorporates components practically equivalent to those of a light microscope. The light wellspring of the light microscope is supplanted by an electron firearm, which is incorporated with the segment. The glass lenses are supplanted by electromagnetic lenses. Not at all like glass lenses, the power of magnetic lenses can be altered by modifying the current. The lens is supplanted by a display unit. Furthermore, the electron shaft rises up out of the electron weapon, and goes through a thin example, transmitting electrons which are gathered, centered, and anticipated onto the survey gadget at the base of the segment. The whole electron way from firearm to camera must be in vacuum like conditions.

TEM Benefits and Limitations

TEM has the benefit over SEM that cellular structures can be highly magnified. In any case, TEM observatory subject arrangement is longer and more troublesome than that for SEM and incorporates extra advances, for example, postfixation, the installing of observatory subjects in a sap, the separating of observatory subjects, and the recoloring of semithin and ultrathin segments [b]. The minimum excusing of the considerable number of ventures in TEM is the observatory subject handling that happens preceding separating. At the end of the day, an inadequately arranged example is pointless to the examiner, though issues amid the segmenting can be moderately effortlessly settled by just cutting and recoloring more areas.

Example arrangement of observatory subjects for TEM incorporates eight noteworthy advances: Cleaning, essential obsession, washing, optional obsession, lack of hydration, penetration with a transitional dissolvable, invasion with sap and installing, and separating with recoloring. The initial two stages are basically the same as those portrayed for SEM example arrangement.

SEM Mechanism

A SEM, like a TEM, comprises of an electron optical section, a vacuum framework, electronics, and programming [b]. The segment is significantly shorter on the grounds that the main lenses required are those over the example used to center the electrons into a fine spot on the example surface. The example chamber, in any case, is bigger in light of the fact that the SEM procedure does not force any limitation on example estimate other than chamber measure.

The electron gun at the highest point of the section creates an electron pillar that is engaged into a fine spot as little as 1 nm in measurement on the example surface. This shaft is scanned in a rectangular raster over the example and the forces of different signs made by associations between the pillar electrons and the example are estimated and put away in PC memory. The put away esteems are then mapped as varieties in shine on the image show. The optional electron (SE) flag is the most every now and again utilized flag. It differs with the geography of the observatory subject surface much like an airborne photo: edges are splendid, breaks are dull. The proportion of the extent of the showed image to the span of the territory scanned on the example gives the magnification.

SEM Benefits and Limitations

SEM is an intense technique for the examination of surface structures of observatory subjects. This method gives an expansive profundity of field, which implies, the zone of the observatory subject that can be seen in center in the meantime is very substantial [1]. SEM has additionally the preferred standpoint that the scope of magnification is moderately wide enabling the agent to effortlessly center in around a region of enthusiasm on an example that was at first scanned at a lower magnification. Moreover, the three-dimensional showing up images might be more speaking to the human eye than the two-dimensional images acquired with a TEM. Along these lines, an examiner may think that its less demanding to decipher SEM images. At long last, the quantity of steps required for getting ready examples for SEM examination is lower and in this way the whole procedure is less tedious than the planning of observatory subjects for examination with a TEM. In any case, SEM example planning harbors different hazard factors that can undoubtedly mutilate the respectability and ultrastructure of the observatory subjects.

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Lab 2: Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) & X-ray Diffraction (XRD)


X-ray diffraction is the practice in which the particles of a gem, by ethicalness of their uniform dividing, cause an impedance example of the waves introduce in an occurrence light emission rays [2]. The nuclear planes of the gem follow up on the X rays in exactly an indistinguishable way from completes a consistently led grinding on a light emission.


Measurements by DSC

DSC is mainly focused on following two methods [c]:

  1. Heat Flux

It is a procedure through which the thermal intensity of the observatory subject is fluctuated, and the temperature difference between the observatory subject and the theoretical value is estimated as a component of temperature.

  1. Power Compensation

It is a method in which the temperature difference is associated to the subject and the reference per unit of time is estimated as a component of the temperature. Furthermore, the temperature of the observatory subject is fluctuated in a specified program.

Generic DSC Mechanisms

The first method is the Heat Flux technique. This technique involves the observatory subject and reference compartment, the heat resistor, the heat sink, and the heater. Heat of heater is given into the observatory subject and the reference through heat sink and heat resistor. Heat stream is in respect to the heat distinction of heat sink and holders. Heat sink has the enough heat restrain contrasted with the observatory subject.

In case the observatory subject has endothermic or exothermic characteristics, this strategy is remunerated by heat sink. Thusly the temperature distinction between the observatory subject and the reference is kept predictable. The distinction the measure of heat gave to the subject and the reference is comparing to the temperature contrast of the holders.

DSC engages the estimations of the progress. Moreover, the substance reaction and perfection examination are furthermore quantifiable. Starting late, with the change of the exceedingly down to earth polymeric material, these warm properties examination needs are growing definitely. This method distinguish the temperature contrasts between the observatory subject and the reference; regardless, this technique can play out the quantitative estimation of the temperature measure to complete the process of everything.

XRD Overview and Purpose

X-ray diffraction (XRD) is most broadly utilized for the recognizable proof of obscure crystalline materials.

Different application and purposes of using XRD include:

  • Observing the crystalline materials and analyzing their characteristics
  • identification of minerals
  • measuring the unit cell
  • measurement of observatory subject virtue

With specialized systems, XRD is used for:

  • determining the stone structures
  • determining the modular measures of minerals
  • Characterization of thin films
  • determining textural estimations

XRD Mechanism

XRD meters has following main components i.e. X-ray tube, subject holder, and X-ray finder [d]. The x-rays are created in a cathode ray tube by heating for shooting them toward an objective by application of specific voltage and besieging the objective material with electrons. When the electrons have adequate vitality to oust the internal shell electrons of the objective material, trademark X-ray spectra are delivered. Furthermore, these spectra comprise of a few components, the most common being alpha rays and beta rays. Alpha rays has a slightly shorter wavelength and double the force. The specific wavelengths are normal for the objective material . Sifting, by foils or gem monochrometers, is required to deliver monochromatic X-rays required for diffraction. The ray beams are adequately close in wavelength to such an extent that a weighted normal of the two is utilized.

As the observatory subject and identifier are pivoted, the force of the reflected X-rays is observed and documented.

Strengths and Limitations of XRD


  • Powerful and instant magnification
  • provides an unambiguous mineral assurance
  • minimizing the observatory subject readiness is required
  • increased accessibility
  • Data elucidation is moderately straight forward


  • Homogeneous and single stage material is best for distinguishing proof.
  • It should approach a standard reference record of inorganic compounds
  • For unit cell evaluations, the indexing of examples for non-isometric precious stone frameworks is complicated
  • Peak overlay may happen and declines for high edge ‘reflections’

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Lab 3: Spectrophotometer and Confocal Microscope


Optical spectroscopy and confocal laser microscopy is devoted to the examination of luminescent materials, specifically of point defections or potentially polluting influences in protecting materials for the advancement of scaled down light-transmitting gadgets, including laser and intensifiers, and of inventive radiation locators for logical and modern applications in the fields of photonics micro-and nano-innovations, bio-imaging and vitality [3]. In addition, we think about the optical properties of natural atomic thin films for strong state light-discharging gadgets, as OLEDs (Organic Light Emitting Diodes). Optical spectroscopy examinations are for the most part devoted to the investigation of the spectral properties of CCs in lithium fluoride (LiF) precious stones and films and of natural thin films.


Confocal Microscope Overview

The main confocal scanning microscope was designed in 1955 and licensed in 1957 by the Harvard graduate Marvin Minsky [3]. He was fixated on settling the secret of the human nerve framework life structures which helps in playing out a remarkably complex arrangement of subjective capacities. In spite of the fact that around then the common states of nerve cells were for the most part known, the association conspires between them were not mapped. The basic obstruction was that the tissue of the focal sensory system was positively stuffed with joined parts of cells. Singular cells were for all intents and purposes undefined from each other by traditional wide-field optical microscopy as a result of the excessive scattered light obscuring the image. Substantial measure of scattered light was created in the wide-field microscopy on the grounds that the entire observatory subject must be enlightened without a moment’s delay. Taking care of the scattered light issue turned into the main thrust for formation of the principal confocal microscope [e].

Measurement Capacity of Confocal Miscroscopy

One of a definitive objectives of any explanatory procedure is to accomplish the most ideal differentiation. Regarding microscopy this implies the capacity to recognize observatory subject subtle elements and highlights of enthusiasm as obviously as would be prudent, by some way or another differentiating them from the encompassing foundation. Microscopy has a rich history of finding and building up various colors, fluorophores and marks to “recolor” target observatory subject includes with a specific end goal to differentiate them from whatever is left of the observatory subject.

In any case, the weapons store of recoloring operators is restricted and a few properties and structures are difficult to ponder with traditional expository strategies because of their powerlessness to synthetically differentiate materials with adequate spatial determination, without damage or special dissolvable washing. This is the place the genuine power of confocal micro-spectroscopy releases itself.

Benefits of Confocal Microscope

The spectral data in confocal microscopy can be acquired through different methods, for example, Absorption, Reflection, Transmission, Emission, Photoluminescence, Fluorescence or Raman spectroscopy [3]. Among those procedures confocal Raman holds a special place. Raman spectroscopy in that capacity depends on the inelastic dissemination of the light when the recurrence of photons changes upon cooperation with the subject. The photons generated by the laser are consumed by the observatory subject and in this manner reemitted. Recurrence of the reemitted photons is moved up or down in comparison with the first monochromatic recurrence, which is known as the Raman impact. The Raman move gives data about vibrational and rotational energies of sub-atomic bonds.

It was understood that Raman spectroscopy was a helpful test of the vibrational vitality levels inside a particle which effortlessly gives atomic fingerprints [e]. Another one of a kind preferred standpoint of Raman spectroscopy is it can be utilized to selectively excite a required bit of the atom by changing the excitation wavelength. Over that Raman spectroscopy doesn’t required any observatory subject arrangement, observatory subjects are not demolished, water groups are normally little and effortlessly subtracted and Raman spectra for the most part contain sharp groups that are normal for the specific sub-atomic bonds in the observatory subject. The force of the groups in a Raman spectrum is relative to the centralization of the comparing particles and in this way can be utilized for quantitative investigation.

In natural observatory subjects, for example, cells and tissues, infrared spectra regularly indicate expansive spectral highlights which can give data in regards to cellular components. Be that as it may, Raman spectra give this data and more nitty gritty data in regards to the constituents of these specific components permitting great specificity for subjective examination and for segregation among comparative materials.

Spectrophotometer Overview

A prism ray is a most lovely thing to observe, yet in the event that it weren’t for light and how it carries on, we wouldn’t have the capacity to see it [f]. The droplets act like a crystal, part the consolidated white light from the sun into all the obvious shades of the light spectrum.

Be that as it may, even the shades of basic things, similar to a leaf for example, need to do with wavelengths of light. Each shading in light has a different wavelength, so when light achieves a protest, a few wavelengths get consumed, and others get reflected back. We just observe the reflected hues.

It is this same rule of shading and wavelength that a spectrophotometer depends on. A spectrophotometer is a special instrument that measures how much light a substance ingests. Each substance will transmit and retain light slightly differently. Like how a unique mark distinguishes every individual human, knowing exactly how much red gets assimilated enables us to recognize and evaluate different materials.


Following is the brief mechanism:

  • observatory subject arrangement is put inside the spectrophotometer.
  • A light source sparkles light toward the observatory subject.
  • A gadget called a monochromator parts the light into each shading, or rather, singular wavelengths. A customizable opening permit just a single specific wavelength of light through to the observatory subject arrangement.

The wavelength of light hits the observatory subject, which is held in a little compartment called a cuvette. We should be watchful when taking care of cuvettes; even a slight unique finger impression can meddle with the outcomes. Whatever light goes through the observatory subject is perused and shown on the yield screen.


Prior to the spectrophotometer was produced, researchers had no dependable and fast technique to decide the concoction make-up of a substance. The spectrophotometer profoundly changed the greater part of that [f]. You can imagine how valuable it could be to comprehend what is in a substance.

A spectrophotometer is utilized as a part of numerous zones of science including microbiology, natural chemistry, crime scene investigation, material science, and therapeutic wellbeing. You can utilize it to quantify certain fixings in a medication to ensure it is viable and ok for shoppers. You can gauge bacterial development or analyze a patient in view of how much uric corrosive is available in their pee. Indeed, even non-researchers utilize spectrophotometers. Wine-producers, for example, utilize them to decide how much malic corrosive a specific wine has in it.

Researchers can likewise utilize the spectrophotometer to perceive how a response has advanced. Antioxidants, vitamins, and different operators are known to help in press insufficiency, yet they don’t have a solitary specific synthetic make-up, thus they can’t be straightforwardly estimated. Be that as it may, they are known to diminish ferric iron into ferrous iron, a more profitable frame to the human body.

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Lab 4: Scanning Probe Microscopy (AFM & STM)


Scanning probe microscopes (SPM) is a tool that is extensively used for the measuresment of the properties of the surfaces [4]. It further has two more mechanisms i.e. the atomic force microscopes (AFM) and scanning tunneling microscopes (STM). In their first applications, SPMs were utilized for the most part for estimating 3D surface geography and, in spite of the fact that they would now be able to be utilized to quantify numerous other surface properties, that is as yet their essential application. SPMs are the most powerful devices of our opportunity for surface metrology, estimating surface highlights whose measurements go from interatomic separating to a tenth of a millimeter.

The principle include that all SPMs have in common is that the estimations are performed with a sharp probe working in the close field, that is, scanning over the surface while keeping up a nearby separating to the surface [4]. The STMs were the first to deliver genuine space images of atomic courses of action on level surfaces. SPMs are presently most commonly used to perform exceptionally exact, three-dimensional estimations.


History of STM and AFM

STM still gives the best determination accessible. The STM utilizes the burrowing current amongst tip and observatory subject to image the observatory subject surface [g]. Unfortunately, there are a few restrictions, the hugest of which is that the surface of the observatory subject must be conductors or semiconductors. This restricts the materials that can be contemplated.

This constraint prompted the innovation in 1980s of the principal atomic force microscope. Like the STM, the AFM likewise utilizes a sharp tip to probe and map the morphology of a surface. Be that as it may, in AFM there is no prerequisite to gauge a current amongst tip and observatory subject. For this situation, the tip is toward the finish of a micro-created cantilever with a low spring steady. In contact mode AFM, the primary AFM procedure, the tip-observatory subject force is held fixed by keeping up a consistent and low avoidance of the cantilever, pushing the tip against the observatory subject. This force can be in the scope of interatomic forces in solids.

Components of AFM

AFM utilizes more keen probes and lower forces than stylus profilers to give higher determination information without observatory subject damage [g].

The most central component of the AFM and the core of the microscope is the scanner. Contingent upon the individual plan, the scanner may scan the observatory subject if the observatory subject is sufficiently little, or it might scan the probe over a bigger observatory subject.

To accomplish the exactness required, a piezoelectric tube scanner is commonly utilized as a part of request to give sub-Ångstrom movement control.

Another key component in the framework is the probe. As said over, the probe can be stationary and the observatory subject can be scanned under it or the probe can be scanned over the observatory subject. With the present advanced innovation, tip/cantilever congregations that make up the probe can be mass-created with reliably molded, sharp tips. These tips are coordinated into the finish of cantilevers, which have an extensive variety of properties intended for an assortment of utilizations.

Mechanism of STM

The advancement of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) at IBM in the 1980s won Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physics. This procedure filled in as the basis for the consequent progression to Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) [4]. STM measures geography of surface electronic states utilizing a tunneling current that is reliant on the partition between the probe tip and a observatory subject surface.

STM is commonly performed on conductive and semi-conductive surfaces. Common applications comprise of atomic determination imaging, Scanning Electrochemical Potential Microscopy (SECPM), and low current imaging of less conductive observatory subjects [h].

Scanning tunneling microscopy created the clear images of atomic cross sections and atomic force microscopy widened the innovation to non-conductive surfaces [h]. Advancement of atomic force microscopes has enabled researchers and designers to see structure and detail with extraordinary determination and without the requirement for thorough observatory subject arrangement. A few advances have additionally extended this current system’s utility to an extensive variety of utilizations.



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