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Surprised emoticon (face)

SEM images of the fractured surface of PU foams. The foam exhibites polygon closed-cell structures with hexagonal faces.

Courtesy of Ms. NAYELY PINEDA , Cimav

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 500x
Sample: polyurethane foam
Detector: Helix
Voltage: 15kV
Horizontal Field Width: 0.000608
Working Distance: 6.4
Spot: 4

Mechanically Embossed

mechanically embossed coating on film substrate

Courtesy of John Fitch

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 6172 x
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 15.00 kV
Vacuum: 2.71e-7 Torr
Horizontal Field Width: 48.3 μm
Working Distance: 11.7 mm
Spot: 3.0 nA


wood spiral xylem from small plant.

Courtesy of wadah mahmoud

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 3,000x
Sample: plant
Detector: SE
Voltage: 2 kV
Working Distance: 13.6 mm
Spot: 3.0 nA

Hydroxyapatite II

Hydroxyapatite is a form of calcium phosphate that has a large number of applications such as bone implants, and drug delivery systems. For each application, the use of calcium based materials is optimized by specifying their geometry, dimension, density, pore size, mechanical strength, purity, and chemical phase.


Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 4,500x
Sample: Hydroxyapatite
Detector: Mix: SE plus BSE
Voltage: 20 kV
Vacuum: 130 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 66.3 μm
Working Distance: 15.4
Spot: 3.0

Nickel oxide

Surface microstructure of a nickel oxide (NiO) formed during high temperature oxidation of Ni-based superalloy at 1150 C for 100h. It formed on a single crystal Ni-based superalloy that is commonly applied for jet engine turbine blades and vanes working at temperature of 1100-1200 C.

Courtesy of Mr. Radosław Swadźba , Institute for Ferrous Metallurgy

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 1500
Detector: BSE
Voltage: 15kV
Working Distance: 6.2

Single-Crystalline Gold

Electrochemically grown single-crystalline gold

Courtesy of Dongchan Jang

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 50000x
Sample: Gold
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 10 kv
Horizontal Field Width: 6 microns
Working Distance: 9.5
Spot: 3

Black and white chocolate

These structures are defective capacitors of a Silicon chip. Polysilicon top plates present different gray levels : This is an illustration of Passive Voltage Contrast, the polysilicon top plates are charged up by the primary e-beam and this charge amount is modulated by different capacitor leakage levels.

Courtesy of Julien Goxe

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 11300
Sample: Silicon chip
Detector: SE TLD
Voltage: 2.00 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 22.7µm
Working Distance: 5.2 mm
Spot: 3

Spine of Argulus foliaceus parasite

this spine it use of this parasite to fix on the fish

Courtesy of Mr. Badar Al-saqer , university of dammam

Taken by SEM microscope

Leaves of Zinc Oxide

Leaves of Zinc Oxide

Courtesy of Mr. Abdul Karim Shariff

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 10,000
Sample: Zinc Oxide
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 10 kV
Vacuum: High Vacuum
Working Distance: 6.2 mm
Spot: 3.0

Explorer 4 Additive AppImage 2

Taken by Explorer 4 Additive microscope

peeled wood

Gelatin dissolved in NaCl dried in vacuum oven

Courtesy of Ms. rula al buqain , university of jordan

Taken by Versa 3D microscope

Basaltic Microbes and Biofilm

This is a colony of microbes epoxied into their biofilm after exposure to carbon sequestration (CO2) conditions of the Columbia River Basalts

Courtesy of Circe Verba

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 10000
Sample: Biogenic basalt
Detector: BSE
Voltage: 12 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 10 micron
Working Distance: 10.7
Spot: 3

Carbon Tape

FE-SEM image of carbon tape.

Courtesy of Kannan .D

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Magnification: 2000x
Sample: carbon
Voltage: 30.0kV
Horizontal Field Width: 30 μm
Working Distance: 10.1mm
Spot: 3.0

Cryo Arabidopsis leaf with fungus

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 3,536 x
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 2.5 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 84.40 μm

Zinc Oxide III

Zinc Oxide.


Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 2,872x
Sample: Zinc oxide
Detector: Mix: SE plus BSE.
Voltage: 20 kV
Vacuum: 70 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 104 µm
Working Distance: 26.4
Spot: 3.5

FinFet device

Fully flexible system design allows observation of the sidewall of these FinFET test structure

Courtesy of FEI

Taken by Verios XHR SEM microscope

Magnification: 150000
Detector: TLD
Voltage: 1.00 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 847 nm
Working Distance: 1.5 mm

Woven Daisy Basket

Image of a daisy petal taken in ESEM mode and false colored.

Courtesy of Craig Queenan

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Magnification: 1500x
Sample: Daisy Petal
Detector: GSED
Voltage: 30KV
Horizontal Field Width: 99.5μm
Working Distance: 18.3 mm
Spot: 3.0 nA

welding contact surface

Surface contact welding on titanium foil

Courtesy of Dr. Gilberto Del Rosario , Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 10,000x
Sample: titanium foil
Detector: TLD
Voltage: 3.00 kV
Vacuum: high vacuum
Horizontal Field Width: 29.8 um
Working Distance: 5.8 mm
Spot: 3.0


100 nm Plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD)oxide depostion upon untwanted microstructures. These unwanted microstructures appeared as a result of micro-masking during 1 um SiO2 dry etch.

Courtesy of Frans Holthuysen

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 40.000x
Sample: Si
Detector: SE
Voltage: 7 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 6.0 µm
Working Distance: 5 mm
Spot: 3.2 nA

Titania flower

A bird's view of titania nanotubes

Courtesy of Rumyana Petrova

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 120 000
Sample: titanium dioxide nanotubes
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 10 kV
Vacuum: 2.61 e-4 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 2.5 um
Working Distance: 6 mm
Spot: 2

Illite clay

Hairy illite clay

Courtesy of Dr. jim buckman , Heriot-Watt University

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 6000
Sample: Illite clay in North Sea reservoir rock
Detector: MIxed BSED / LFD (40/60)
Voltage: 20 kV
Vacuum: 0.82 Torr
Horizontal Field Width: 34.5
Working Distance: 7.5 mm
Spot: 2.5

Shattered Honeycombs

This accidently happened during the application of a porous aluminium oxide membrane on a substrate. The membrane folded, cracked and formed several layers.

Courtesy of Mr. Joern Leuthold , Institute of Materials Physics, WWU Muenster

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 30000x
Sample: Aluminium oxide
Detector: TLD
Voltage: 5 kV
Vacuum: 6E-6mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 10 µm
Working Distance: 4.8 mm
Spot: 3

Zinc crystals

Zinc crystals that have been adsorbed on the surface of an alginate gel after being subjected to a process of wastewater treatment. An important field of application of the alginates gels is the protection of the environment: alginate gels are used as adsorbents for the removal of heavy metals such as cadmium, zinc, lead, chromium and mercury in wastewater.

Courtesy of Dr. Maria Carbajo , UNIVERSIDAD DE EXTREMADURA

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 3000x
Sample: alginate gel
Detector: SE
Voltage: 15 kV
Vacuum: 1.21x10-3 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 100 um
Working Distance: 10 mm
Spot: 5.0

TSV Crossection 01

TSV Crossection 01, Helios G4 PFIB

Taken by Helios G4 PFIB microscope

$10 Bill

This image is a mixed BSE/SE image of the ink on a ten dollar bill. EDS analysis showed that this ink coming from the image of Alexander Hamilton contains calcium and iron.

Courtesy of Ben Anderson

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 32x
Sample: $10 Bill
Detector: Mixed BSE/SE
Voltage: 15 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 4.67 mm
Working Distance: 17.5 mm
Spot: 5.0