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Advanced Microscopy Laboratory

The CRANN Advanced Microscopy Laboratory (AML) is a custom designed, 6,000 square foot facility, located in the Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus. The AML is located close to Grand Canal Quay, less than 10 minutes’ walk from the main TCD campus, in the district dubbed “emerald valley” by the IDA.

The centre houses a critical mass of high end scanning and imaging electron and ion beam microscopes for sample imaging down to atomic resolution, materials analytics/characterisation, and nanofabrication. Research vision and leadership is provided by CRANN/TCD academics. A dedicated team with blue chip multi-national industrial experience cater for the frontline needs of industry, often leading to longer term industry-academia partnerships.

The centre serves CRANN and TCD researchers, the wider academic community at home and in a European context via FP7, and industrial clients and collaborators. The capital equipment includes an FEI Titan Transmission Electron Microscope [TEM], Carl Zeiss Helium Ion Microscope [HIM], and five other high specification scanning electron and focused ion beam microscopes. The centre offers custom designed ultra-high specification microscope operating environments, dedicated wet and dry sample preparation labs and a high specification electron beam lithography capability with an integrated clean-room, and resists processing facilities on-site.

For initial enquiries about industry or academic access, please contact the Central Equipment Facilities manager, Cathal McAuley at mcaulec AT

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