TU/e is one of the participants in the project
The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Education (NWO) is allocating a grant of more than 17 million for the further development of a Dutch network for electron microscopy (NEMI). TU Eindhoven is one of the thirteen participating institutions that are combining their various technological expertise in the field of electron microscopy to learn more about how the biological and material micro-world is composed and interacts.

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The Netherlands has a strong international position in electron microscopy (EM). This technique ensures that you can look at the very smallest building blocks of humans and animals as well as materials at a very detailed level. With electron microscopy you can literally visualize the foundations of life and the atomic composition of materials. New technological developments mean that more and more is possible within electron microscopy.

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The NEMI (Netherlands Electron Microscopy Infrastructure) network clusters and exchanges all the EM technologies so that an increasingly complete picture emerges of structures and processes that form the basis of life and materials. By making consensual choices about who manages which expertise, the equipment can be purchased and used in a targeted and joint manner. An electron microscope often costs several million to purchase and the costs of maintenance are high. The NWO grant will be used to purchase the latest EM equipment, to develop the next generation of microscopes and to facilitate EM for a wide group of users.

In the person of prof.dr. Nico Sommerdijk, Eindhoven University of Technology contributes the expertise of electron microscopy of ‘soft materials’, such as viruses, bones or proteins. Sommerdijk runs the Eindhoven Center for Multiscale Electron Microscopy. He has been making a reputation for years with his cryo-electron microscopy (Cryo-TEM), with which he visualizes processes on the nanoscale live and in 3D. Sommerdijk recently received an additional ERC grant of 3.5 million euros for his research. In addition to Sommerdijk, Heiner Friedrich, Jom Luiten and Erwin Kessels also represent TU/e as members of NEMI.

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