Nanomicroscopy Center

The Aalto University Nanomicroscopy Center collects a number of high resolution microscopes into one facility that is equally open to everyone.

The instruments include the only sub-Ångström transmission electron microscope (TEM) in Finland, a liquid helium cooled cryo-TEM, cryo scanning tunneling microscopes (STM), scanning electron microscopes (SEM), atomic force microcopes (AFM), and X-ray scattering equipment (SAXS/WAXS).

OtaNano infrastructure

The Nanomicroscopy Center is a part of the OtaNano infrastrucure comprising Low Temperature Laboratory, Micronova NanoFab, and NMC facilities. See more information on large infrastructure projects in Aalto University.


All instruments in the Nanomicroscopy Center are available for users inside and outside Aalto University. Also paid imaging service is available, especially for companies and industry. See also the current price list for the instruments.

User training

Researchers wanting to the TEM, SEM, or AFM are typically trained to operate the microscopes on their own and there are no dedicated operators. There are also options for paid service and research collaboration.

Every spring we arrange a course called Microscopy of Nanomaterials, which is aimed for doctoral students at Aalto. Participating on both lecture course (5 cr) and lab course (5 cr) provides a facile way to get permissions to use basic TEM, SEM, and AFM at Nanomicroscopy Center.



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