Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy Centre


Leeds Electronic Microscopy and Spectroscopy Centre

Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy Centre (LEMAS) is internationally renowned as a leading research centre in microscopic and spectroscopic characterisation of solid materials.

We aim to develop and underpin materials characterisation techniques at the University of Leeds and to also offer external services to outside higher education institutions and industry.

The characterisation of the morphology, structure and chemical composition of materials at length scales, which can be as small as atomic dimensions constitutes a key aspect in understanding both a material's physical behaviour, such as the electronic, thermal, magnetic and mechanical properties, and its chemical behaviour.

Materials characterisation lies at the interface between the physical and engineering sciences, it also increasingly covers many areas of the biological sciences. The major technological advances throughout history have been dependent on an accurate characterisation of the structure and chemistry of both traditional, improved and novel materials.

Specialist technologies:

  • High spatial resolution microanalysis
  • Light element composition
  • Elemental distributions
  • Chemical state information
  • Segregation phenomena
  • Imaging microporous materials
  • Cross sectional microscopy and analysis.

Specialist research areas:

  • Nanomaterials
  • Metallurgy
  • Ceramics/minerals
  • Biomaterials
  • Composite materials
  • Powders
  • Interfaces/surfaces.

The facility is jointly run by the School of Chemical and Process Engineering and the School of Earth and Environment.

Working with business

LEMAS is the bridge between state-of-the-art academic research facilities and the needs of local industry, consultancy investigations, research organisations and business. If you need help in materials analysis we can advise on the appropriate techniques for your particular needs at the right cost. We have highly trained and qualified personnel with the necessary experience to provide a high quality, friendly and comprehensive service to both academic and industrial users.

To discuss your requirements please contact:

John Harrington, Facility Manager
t: +44 (0)113 343 2559
e: j.p.harrington@leeds.ac.uk