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Electron Microscopy

Facility for Electron Microscopy Research (FEMR)

The Facility for Electron Microscopy Research (FEMR) is dedicated to facilitating innovative and co-operative multidisciplinary research in the areas of life, environmental, physical, and materials sciences that investigate ultrastructure of biological and non-biological materials. FEMR is an outgrowth of research undertaken at the informally named Electron Microscopy Centre (EM Centre) of McGill. The EM Centre was created in 1997 from the integration of the Electron Microscopy Laboratory of the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology with the electron microscopy facilities of the Departments of Biology, Pathology, Mining, Metals and Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, the School of Occupational Health, and the Montreal Neurological Institute. With a grant from Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), FEMR has become the lead institution in the recently created Montreal Network for Materials, Structural, and Molecular Imaging (MNMSMI). The MNMSMI will regroup and support the research activities of investigators from McGill University, Université de Montréal, École Polytechnique, and affiliated schools, institutes and industrial partners to continue to pursue world-class science, to develop world-class technologies, and to maintain outstanding capabilities in operations research.

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The mission of FEMR is to promote and advance the science and practice of all microscopic imaging, analysis and diffraction techniques useful for elucidating the ultrastructure and function of diverse materials. FEMR supports and fosters the collaborative research activities of over sixty investigators from more than twenty departments in four faculties at McGill, whose work has already had a major impact in the areas of biological, life, materials, and physical sciences. By providing computer image processing and a networked environment combined with cutting-edge instrumentation, a modern infrastructure, and multidisciplinary access to skilled personnel, FEMR will continue to support these researchers to ensure that they can advance their work more efficiently, compete internationally and to make certain that the efforts they have invested over the years will continue to have significant impact on their discipline. The state-of-the-art imaging and analytical facilities of FEMR will be used to derive structural, compositional, morphological, elemental, and molecular information from diverse materials. These materials include biological tissues, biomimetic materials, high-performance synthetic materials, polymers, colloids, and materials of importance in both earth and interplanetary studies.