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Enabling Science and Technology through European Electron Microscopy

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Offering access to European electron microscopy facilities

Electron microscopy constitutes a powerful approach for characterisation at the atomic scale, extending beyond basic cell visualisation to the analysis of novel materials in physical, chemical and biological sciences. The EU-funded ESTEEM3 initiative is an ongoing European project that provides transnational access for the scientific community to the leading European state-of-the-art electron microscopy research infrastructures. Access is granted through a simple peer review process, and users are supported in terms of protocols, methodologies and training. Particular emphasis is given to the analysis of materials related to ICT, energy, health and transport.


ESTEEM3 is an integrating activity for electron microscopy providing access to the leading European state-of-the-art electron microscopy research infrastructures, facilitating and extending transnational access services of the most powerful atomic scale characterization techniques in advanced electron microscopy research to a wide range of academic and industrial research communities for the analysis and engineering of novel materials in physical, chemical and biological sciences. ESTEEM3 objective is to deliver more access to more users coming from a wider range of disciplines. Transnational Access to ESTEEM3 centres is obtained through a transparent, simple peer review process based on merit and scientific priorities. Optimum service to users is supported by networking and joint research activities, which address key issues such as specimen preparation, data interpretation, treatment and automation through theory and simulation, and standardization of protocols and methodologies. Innovative activities dedicated to the dissemination of expertise, education and training in cutting-edge quantitative transmission electron microscopy techniques, such as schools, advanced workshops and webinars, are offered to the European electron microscopy users from academia, research institutes and industry. Directed research programmes involving the academic and industrial partners of the consortium focus on the further methodology development in imaging and diffraction, spectroscopy, in-situ techniques and metrology, and on advancing applied research of materials related to ICT, energy, health, and transport for the benefit of European scientists and industry. Moreover, the definition of strategic roadmaps and open access data policies aims to ensure the long-term sustainability of the consortium. In all, ESTEEM3 establishes a strategic leadership in electron microscopy to guide future developments and promote electron microscopy to the widest research community at large.

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Net EU contribution
€ 956 773,50
80539 Munchen

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 956 773,50

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