The mission of the Facility for Electron Microscopy Research (FEMR) is to promote and advance the science and practice of all microscopic imaging, analysis and microdiffraction techniques useful for elucidating the ultrastructure and function of diverse materials. The FEMR supports and fosters the collaborative and multidisciplinary research activities of over hundred 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. The majority of the users of the facility are NSERC and CIHR grant holders.
By providing computer image processing and a networked environment combined with cutting-edge instrumentation, a modern infrastructure, and access to skilled personnel, the FEMR continues 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 the FEMR are 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.