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Both conventional and cryo Scanning Electron Microscopy is carried on a Zeiss EVO HD15 that is equipped with various detectors. Preserved or dried material can be first coated with Gold using the Safematic CCU-010 and imaged in high vacuum. Fresh (hydrated) material can be rapidly frozen in nitrogen slush, cryo fractured and coated with either Gold/Palladium, Platinum or Iridium and imaged on the cryo-stage in the SEM chamber.

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