University of illinois Urbana-Champaign

Microscopy Suite

A collage of 8 images created in Beckman ITG's Microscopy Suite

The Microscopy Suite is one of two facilities supported by the Beckman Institute's Imaging Technology Group. The other facility is the Visualization Laboratory. The Microscopy Suite is open to all faculty, students, and staff on the Urbana campus, as well as approved users from other universities and industry.

A wide range of imaging modalities and supporting equipment is available for the preparation, imaging, and analysis of microscopic specimens.

Instruments in the facility include dissecting, stereology, fluorescence, confocal, transmission electron, environmental scanning electron, atomic force and near field scanning optical microscopes, and micro- and nano-XCT. Various supporting facilities include a wet lab and a library of books and small equipment available for checkout. Ancillary equipment housed in the supporting facilities includes an ultramicrotome, a carbon evaporator, two sputter coaters, a fiber optic puller, and two critical point dryers.  Consult the equipment pages for detailed information. Research staff are on hand to teach and aid each user in accomplishing his or her scientific goals within the Microscopy Suite.

The Microscopy Suite is located in the basement of the Beckman Institute in suite B606.