Carnegie Mellon University

SEM Training Course

All SEM users are required to enroll and pass the MSE graduate course 27-740 “Practical Methods in Scanning Electron Microscopy” offered each Fall and Spring semester. This 6 unit course covers the physical principles underlying SEM, as well as practical approaches and hands-on operation labs. The course also covers sample preparation strategies and various imaging techniques available in SEM.  Students are also introduced to energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and ion beam methods. At the conclusion of this course, any student pursuing a research project can complete a certification assessment in order to gain independent access and permission to operate the entry-level SEM. Students doing research can also then pursue individual training with MCF staff in order to gain access and certification for the other more advanced SEM/FIBs at MCF, depending on their research needs and objectives.