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Innoval Technology: Developing sustainable aluminium technologies

Scanning Electron Microscope

The Electron Microscopy Research Technology Platform (RTP) at the University of Warwick is pleased to provide Innoval Technology Ltd with regular access to its state-of-the-art microscopes.

Innoval is an aluminium consultancy firm that works with clients to develop more efficient and sustainable aluminium-based technologies, with a focus in the automotive and packaging sectors.

Innoval technologists have been regular users of the Electron Microscopy facility at Warwick since it was first established in 2014, accessing our Zeiss Gemini Scanning Electron Microscope and JEOL 2100 Transmission Electron Microscopes, as well as the 3D optical microscope located in our Metrology Laboratory.

Dr Junjie Wang, Technical Manager for Surface Science at Innoval Technology, explained why Innoval uses the facilities at Warwick and how they play an integral role in their research and development work with clients:

“Access to Warwick University's state-of-the-art materials analysis facilities has been of great benefit to us. It enhances our ability to innovate and co-develop with our clients and research partners, ensuring that together we remain at the forefront of technological advancement.

“The collaboration with Warwick not only expands our R&D capabilities but also strengthens our commitment to delivering the best solutions for our clients.”

Electron microscopy capabilities at Warwick

The suite of microscopes housed by the Electron Microscopy RTP is one of the best of its kind in the UK and is used for analysis across a wide variety of sample types and disciplines. Our capabilities include:

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

SEMs produce detailed images of the surface of a material by scanning a sample with a focused beam of electrons. We have three SEMs including the Zeiss Gemini which offers ultra-high resolution imaging of up to 0.6nm, the best possible performance for any SEM.

Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

Our AFM can produce high-resolution images showing topography, surface adhesion and electronic properties of a wide range of samples including insulators and liquids.

Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)

We have three TEMs capable of up to atomic-resolution imaging. They transmit electrons through an ultra-thin specimen to form an image of its structure. Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) is also available, and cross-sectioning and TEM sample preparation can be performed using our focused ion beam SEM.


We can perform elemental analysis on many of our microscopes to determine the chemical composition of a sample, including energy dispersive x-ray analysis and cathodoluminescence.

Accessing our equipment

We welcome external users to benefit from our equipment and expertise. Our technicians can either perform imaging and analysis on your behalf or provide training for you to use the microscopes on a regular basis.

Beyond the Electron Microscopy RTP we offer a range of other imaging services across the University for both material and biological samples. This includes optical and confocal microscopes as well as dedicated facilities for Advanced Bioimaging and X-ray Computed Tomography.

To find out how we can help find a solution to your challenge, please contact Claire Gerard ( ) and we will connect you with one of our specialists to discuss your requirements in more detail.