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Netherlands Electron Microscopy Infrastructure (NEMI)
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
Legal Status
Research organisation
Heidelberglaan 100, University Medical Center Utrecht, Prof. J. Klumperman, Cell Biology, room H02.313, Utrecht, PO: 3584CX (Netherlands)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Provider Country:
Academic Medical Centre | AMOLF Institute | Delft University of Technology | Eindhoven University of Technology | Leiden University Medical Centre | Maastricht University | Microscopy Imaging Center - Raboud University | The Netherlands Centre for Electron Nanoscopy - Leiden University (NeCEN - LU) | University Medical Center Groningen | University Medical Center Utrecht | University of Amsterdam | University of Groningen | University of Twente | Utrecht University | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | Wageningen University
Current Status:
Operational since 2017
Operational since 2017 to 2028
Design/planning since 2015 to 2017
Scientific Description
NEMI aims to (1) make EM technology accessible to a broad range of scientists (not only EM specialists, but all researchers in the life and materials science), ensuring they all have access to the most advanced EM technologies; and (2) to accelerate innovations in EM as an enabler for novel applications in areas of societal and economic importance. As such, NEMI has the following goals:

- To create a coordinated and harmonized plan for EM infrastructure deployment in the Netherlands;
- To create a strong and innovative Dutch EM infrastructure by differentiated investments at regional Flagship Nodes, based on local strengths and opportunities;
- To better connect EM for the life sciences with EM for the materials sciences;
- To provide access, services and training to state-of-the-art EM technologies and increase the accessibility of the EM methodology to non-EM specialists;
- To foster the liaison and cooperation between EM instrumentation developers, EM providers, scientists, industry, national and European funding schemes and national authorities;
- To enable better use of the capacities of the Dutch EM labs;
- To speak to national and international funders with one voice;
- To promote findability, easy access, interoperability and reuse (FAIR principles) of EM data.

EM has enabled numerous scientific discoveries and industrial innovations in a range of disciplines, most notably the life and materials science.

RI Keywords
Cryo-transmission electron microscopy (Cryo-TEM), Advanced electron microscopy, Transmission electron microscopy, Electron microscopy method development, Electon microscopy, Scanning electron microscopy
RI Category
Biomedical Imaging Facilities
Analytical Facilities
Materials Synthesis or Testing Facilities
Structural Biology Facilities
Micro- and Nanotechnology facilities
Scientific Domain
Biological and Medical Sciences
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
Chemistry and Material Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Health and Food
Cryo-electron microscopy

Molecular structure determination of biological structures such as proteins

Electron microscopy

Electron microscopy characterization of biological samples such as tissue, cells, and proteins, and of materials samples such as bulk materials, nanomaterials, and catalysts.

Transmission electron microscope

High-end microscopes for high-resolution investigations of thin, electron-transparent samples.

Scanning electron microscope

High-end microscopes for high-resolution imaging and characterization of the surfaces of biological samples and of materials.

Access Type
Access Mode
Excellence Driven
Date of last update: 13/03/2018