ESTEEM2 stems from
the successful FP6 project ESTEEM:

ESTEEM2 is a European Integrated Infrastructure of electron microscopy facilities providing access for the academic and industrial research community in the physical sciences to some of the most powerful characterization techniques available at the nanoscale. Transnational access to ESTEEM2 centres is obtained through a transparent, simple peer review process based on merit and scientific priorities. Service to users is supported by a networking programme which addresses key issues such as specimen preparation, data interpretation through theory and simulation, and standardization of protocols and methodologies. A series of schools and workshops provide training in innovative methods in electron microscopy and a forum for discussing emerging (cutting-edge) techniques. Directed research programmes focus on the further development of electron diffraction, imaging and spectroscopy and the advancement of 3D methods and time resolved experiments. In all, ESTEEM2 establishes a strategic leadership in electron microscopy to guide future developments and promote electron microscopy to the wider research community at large.

ESTEEM2 will benefit from European Union support until September 2016.


The ESTEEM2 project integrates  European Electron Microscopy laboratories in a range of activities providing a service to materials  science and solid state physics.
The project involves three main activities:

Transnational Access

... to provide open access to the major microscopy centres fitted with the most advanced equipment together with their expertise to the widest possible range of scientists with support from the Networking Activities and Joint Research projects.
A map of organisations that have benefited from Transnational-Access is available here.

Coordination activities

... with goals of

• disseminating EM across the community in particular to regions where the technique is not fully exploited and where it will help stimulate economic growth

• providing a service in Electron Microscopy to materials scientists, physicists and engineers all over Europe;

• integrating collaborations between partners by sharing skills in different techniques and exploiting common methods to improve the infrastructures for the benefit of the users

• providing European standards in core techniques.

Research activities

... aiming to:

• develop electron diffraction for  solving structures unachievable by other diffraction techniques

• improve atomic resolution imaging for materials properties at the atomic scale

• develop spectroscopic techniques for the measurement of local magnetic and optical properties

• enable three dimensional imaging of fields and 3D structures at the nanometer scale

• develop time resolved microscopy in Europe