General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Applications of SEM-EDS
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Danuta Michalska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2023/2024 (summer)
Duration 30


Collegium Geologicum is located at the Morasko Campus, 200 metres from the geography building

Module aim (aims)

Microscale observations along with semi-quantitative analysis on various examples will be the main focus of the course.

The course is addressed to the students (foreign and Polish) of: geology, geography, environmental sciences, biology and archeology.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Basic knowledge in Earth sciences (at the secondary school level).


Week 1-3: Examples of the application of scanning microscopy in geoscience       

Week 4-6: Exercises on selected samples; possible observations of students' own samples           

Week 7: Learning how to present the results.

Week 8: Interpretation of the results obtained from SEM-EDS      

Reading list

Gira A.V. Caputo G., Ferro M.C., 2017: Application of Scanning Electron Microscopy-Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) [In:] Characterization and Analysis of Microplastics. Teresa Rocha-Santos, Armando Duarte (EDS), Elsevier.

Reed S. J. B., 2005 - Electron Microprobe Analysis and Scanning Microscopy in Geology. Cambridge University Press.

Welton J.E., 1984 - SEM Petrology Atlas. Amer Assn of Petroleum Geologists.