TM3000 This website is designed to be a source of information on and about the TM3000 SEM.

Use of the equipment is strictly controlled. Anyone wishing to use the SEM will have to have undertaken training from Adam Jeffery - 33170.

Please check the calendar for availability, as pre-booking is essential, along with the scale of charges


About the TM3000

The TM3000 is a true desk-top SEM capable of magnifying up to 30,000X. It has the advantage of being capable of viewing un-coated specimens - though that can limit the magnification.

In addition it also has a Bruker EDX analytical system attached thus enabling whole area analysis, spot analysis, line profiles and image-mapping.


You can view Hitachi YouTube video in the next tab to see what it can do.

Sample preparation

Samples are fixed to 15mm or 25mm dia stubs by sticky carbon tabs or with carbon or silver cement. They can also be in the form of polished thin sections mounted on glass slides. They do not have to be coated - it depends on what you want to do. However, samples must be dry.

Internal Charges

Use of the TM3000 is strictly by pre-booked appointment through Adam Jeffery (+44 (0) 1782 733620) who will also give training and assistance as required. These prices are a guide only. This machine is an EPSAM facility and the final cost will reflect that. Please advise if using it for external work. 


Technician Time (service or training)                                 £30.00 


Use of SEM                                                                     £20.00 




Carbon coating                                                                £3.00 


Carbon tabs 15mm                                                         £0.20 


Carbon tabs 25mm                                                         £0.50 


Stubs 15mm                                                                     £1.20 


Stubs 25mm                                                                     £1.50 


Stub boxes                                                                        £9.50 





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*Accreditation is dependent on the degree route and modules taken