Electron Microscopes

  • LaB6 cathode
  • Acceleration voltage 80 – 200 kV
  • Magnification x50 up to x1,500,000
  • High resolution down to 0.19 nm
  • New goniometer stage for precise specimen movement at nanometer scales
  • High tilt specimen holder for electron tomography. Maximum tilt angle: +/- 85°
  • Cryo specimen holder for Cryo-TEM
  • 2k x 2k fast scan CCD camera F214 (TVIPS)


High-pressure freezing

Wohlwend HPF Compact 02
  • Freezing rate: ~ 20,000 K/s with a pressure of 2100 bar
  • From 0°C to -100°C in less than 10 ms
  • Maximum freezing depth: 200 µm
  • 5 different specimen carrier systems (Ø 3 – 6 mm)


Freeze substitution

Leica EM AFS 2
  • Automatic temperature shift from -90°C to room temperature
  • Subsequent freeze substitution in acetone containing osmium tetroxide and uranyl acetate (A.O.U.H.) or in ethanol containing glutaraldehyde and formaldehyde (E.G.F.U.)
  • infiltration with resin and polymerisation
  • Ultramicrotomy



Leica EM UC7rt, Reichert Ultracut-E
  • Section thicknes between 50 and 200 nm
  • Post-staining with uranyl acetate and lead citrate
  • Immunogold localisation
  • Suitable for Electron Tomography

SYNMIKRO Young Researchers Groups

Almost all scientific members of SYNMIKRO are actively involved in DFG’s Collaborative Research Centers (Sonderforschungsbereiche), Research Training Groups (Graduiertenkollegs), or other Cooperative Research projects. Alongside performing adventurous experiments, and reporting excellent science, SYNMIKRO substantially promotes potential Young Research Group Leaders by constantly keeping its doors open to welcome and support Young Researchers planning to set up an Independent Research Group.
Our Young Research Groups