A variety of instruments for the preparation of biological samples are located at Crawley Campus and the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre.
PELCO biowave microwave processor
Microwave preparation of biological samples for light and electron microscopy. Vacuum, stirring and temperature control capabilities. Results in accelerated and in many cases, enhanced, sample preparation.
Deluxe EM vibratome tissue sectioning system with temperature control and various stage assemblies. For micron-scale sectioning of fresh, fixed or agarose embedded materials.
Critical point dryer
For preparation of biological samples for scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Uses carbon dioxide and has a wide range of specimen baskets.
A new Leica EM UC6 microtome (with cryo attachment), Reichert ultramicrotome and a Sorval microtome; for cutting transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and light microscopy sections (30nm - 5um).
Aids resin infiltration and curing under vacuum. Can be used at room temperature and as a curing oven.
Leica EM MED020 Cryo-SEM preparation system
The EM MED020 system facilitates the transfer of cryogenically prepared samples into the cryo-SEM. The unit can be used to freeze etch/fracture and coat samples prior to imaging.