Microstructural Studies Unit

Our MicroStructural Studies Unit (MSSU), the electron microscopy facility of the University of Surrey, was established in 1970 to support a wide range of research activities across the University and to offer electron microscopy services to industry.


After 40 years of continuous development, we employ experienced microscopists and house a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art instruments such as, transmission electron microscopes (TEM), scanning electron microscopes (SEM) and sample preparation equipment.

Our unit is essential for a wide range of ongoing research projects and makes a significant contribution to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Research activities are numerous but presently include nanoparticles and nanocomposites (all material types), opto-electronic materials, advanced metallurgical structures, metal to polymer interfacial studies, etc.

Commercial services

In the past few years we have undertaken work for more than 50 different clients. We have worked to develop links with the local community and we are proud to offer electron microscopy services to many technological businesses and research organisations in the South East of England.

Our portfolio of clients encompasses both the public and private sector and their custom is highly valued. We offer competitive rates for SEM, STEM and TEM analytical work.

Find out more about our available instruments and for further information take a look at our FAQs.

Use our services

If you would like to use our services then please fill out our consulting enquiries form letting us know your problem, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


We work in close collaboration with The Surface Analysis Laboratory at the University of Surrey. A combination of state-of-the-art instrumentation, expertise in data interpretation and materials knowledge, enables experienced academics and technical staff to select the right combination of techniques for undertaking materials related research and development or solving technical problems.

Such work includes product development, failure analysis, process problems, surface contaminants, verification of material composition and so forth.

Contact us

If you have a materials problem and would like us to analyse a sample, or have a question that isn't answered in our FAQs section, then please get in touch.

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