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Scientific Center for Optical and Electron Microscopy (ScopeM)
Hosting Legal Entity
ETH Zurich
Auguste-Piccard-Hof 1, ScopeM, Zürich, PO: 8093 (Switzerland)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 2014
Scientific Description
The mission of ScopeM is to ensure world‐class expertise and services in electron- and light- microscopies. ScopeM maintains and develops high‐end electron and light microscopy infrastructures - including high throughput screening and Focused Ion Beam microscopy - for a wide ETH user base. Users from other academic entities, from research labs, and industry are also highly welcome.ScopeM and its staff:- Perform service tasks for the users- Train and support users in methods for artifact-free sample preparation- Provide educational instrument access and experimental support to usersScopeM actively supports and/or initiates microscopy related research and development projects with the objective to maintain long‐term technological and economic competitiveness. It also is in charge of the renewal of instruments and ensuring the optimal balance in instruments dedicated to general education and research, as well as worldwide state-of-the-art microscopes that enable to further push research projects beyond the current frontiers.

RI Keywords
Advanced electron microscopy, Sample preparation, Focused ion beam microscopy, Optical microscopy, Electron microscopy method development
RI Category
Analytical Facilities
Software Service Facilities
Scientific Domain
Chemistry and Material Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Scientific collaboration

ScopeM may scientifically collaborate with PIs and research groups when establishing new methods. This type of activity is crucial for maintaining the technical excellence of the facility and making possible frontier projects.

Sample Preparation

In this mode ScopeM completes an order for the user. ScopeM communicates a realistic estimate of time‐line, needed resources, costs and charges the effective costs to the users upon completion of the service.

Access to Sample Preparation and Microscopy Equipment

In this mode ScopeM provides direct access to the users to specific instruments and the user performs the experimental tasks. ScopeM takes care of the instrument maintenance and the user introduction for proper instrument operations. The instrument usage is charged to the users based on a pre‐defined pricing scheme.

Data Analysis
Scientific Consulting

Before or during a specific project the users may get technical and/or scientific coaching and expertise by the ScopeM staff.

Sample Preparation and Microscopy Equipment

ScopeM has two main technological branches. The LM branch operates a wide variety of light microscopy systems ranging from the routine wide-field systems to the high-end super-resolution ones. The portfolio includes also histology and lab-automation equipment (high-throughput screening) and dedicated correlative systems (e.g. CLEM). The EM branch runs a number of (cryo) analytical S/TEMs, (cryo) FIB/SEMs, serial sectioning in-situ SEM and high resolution analytical SEMs. The acquisition and processing of images/data are also supported by ScopeM experts in image and data processing. ScopeM offers a wide variety of sample preparation equipment to its users in order to optimally support them in their research activities. ScopeM also operates lab automation equipment for screening assays and offers image-processing support.

Access Type
Mail-in, Physical
Access Mode
Market Driven
Date of last update: 17/10/2018
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