General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Scanning Electron Microscopy: Principles, Techniques & Applications
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Danuta Michalska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2022/2023 (winter)
Duration 30


Module aim (aims)

The aim of course is to present the method, its possibilities and limitations as well as preparation of samples for analysis. The course combines theoretical knowledge with practical exercises at laboratory. As the course is established on the basic level, it is addressed to students (foreign and Polish) of various disciplines of natural sciences: 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:            Introduction to SEM techniques   

Week 2:            Basics of scanning electron microscope observations

Week 3 and 4: Possibilities and limitations of SEM applications                 

Week 4-7: Exemplary application of SEM in various fields of science: geology, geography, biology, chemistry, archaeology.

Reading list

Coe A. /ed./ (2010); Geological Field Techniques. Wiley-Blackwell.

Goldstein J.I., Newbury D.E., Echlin P., Joy D.C., 2005 - Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis

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.

Wenk H-R., Bulakh A., 2004 - Minerals, their constrution and origin. Cambridge University Press