General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Applications of SEM-EDS
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Danuta Michalska, dr Małgorzata Mrozek-Wysocka
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2024/2025 (winter)
Duration 30


laboratory, Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences, room L203, plan to be agreed with students at the organizational meeting

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.