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TEMUL (Transmission Electron Microscopy at UL)


Prof. Ursel Bangert

Bernal Chair of Microscopy and Imaging,
Department of Physics & Bernal Institute



Dr Andy Stewart

Lecturer , Department of Physics & Bernal Institute


In June of this year, UL physicists Prof. Ursel Bangert and Dr. Andy Stewart launched a remarkable cutting edge multi-million euro microscope, the Titan TEM, that is housed in the Bernal Institute, and funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the University of Limerick.


Fig.2 Dr. AndyStewart inspects the new state-of-the-art Titan TEM microscope housed in the Bernal Institute at the University of Limerick.

The new microscope will allow materials to be studied at an atomic level in real-world conditions and is one of only a handful of microscopes with these capabilities worldwide. The Titan Themis is a double-corrected, monochromated Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and is valued at €6 million. A further €3 million worth of specialist equipment has been added to the UL machine including in-situ microscopy and ultra-fast and sensitive detectors, as well as environmental holders, which allow for the behaviour of materials to be studied in real-time across a range of environments.

The new capabilities of this microscope have already helped the TEMUL group secure EU funding in the future emerging technologies open (FETOpen) Where we are investigating the growth mechanisms of Pharmaceutical crystals in liquids as part of the Magnapharm consortium www.magnapharm.com. We are the first group in Ireland to secure Horizon 2020 FETOpen funding. 

We also specialise in using TEM's to investigate ferroelectric and quantum effects in 2D materials and solve unknown nano crystal structures using electron diffraction techniques. 

With the new functionalities provided by the Titan Themis and its supplemental equipment, we have a new window into the structural dynamics of these materials under real-world conditions to explore at the atomic level.