New User

Consultation

All New Users are required to email for a consultation (ULTRA_SERV@lists.upenn.edu). Once you send the email with your request, the EMRL staff will set up a time for a detailed discussion about the project's feasibility, pricing, and goals.

Returning User

If you have already finished consultation with the EMRL staff and would like to either drop off samples or sign up for the equipment, then proceed to the iLab website.

TEM In Brief

‚ÄčThe Transmission Electron Microscope is ideal for imaging a variety of samples from life sciences, medical, and biological to Industrial applications. TEMs provide topographical, morphological, and compositional information.

The images allow researchers to view samples on a molecular level, making it possible to analyze structure and texture.

To prepare a TEM specimen suitable for high-resolution data collection, the following steps are typically followed:

  Internal Academic (External) Corporate (External)
Critical Point Dryer $20.00 $32.60 $40.00
Duplicate block for post-embedding IEM $225.00 $366.75 $450.00
Duplicate block for TEM analysis $175.00 $285.25 $350.00
Each additional antibody $200.00 $326.00 $400.00
JEOL 1010 Imaging performed by staff $150.00 $244.50 $300.00
JEOL 1010 Training  $125.00 $203.75 $250.00
JEOL 1010 Imaging performed by user  $50.00 $81.50 $100.00
Post-Embedded IEM $475.00 $774.25 $950.00
Reichart Ultramicrotome Training $50.00 $81.50 $100.00
Thick Sectioning only (existing block) $75.00 $105.00 $150.00
Duplicate Block for Post-Embedding IEM 
*pricing is per sample
$225.00 $315.00 $450.00
Routine Analyses TEM 
*pricing is per sample
$350.00 $570.50 $700.00
Specimen Processing Only 
*pricing is per sample
$200.00 $326.00 $400.00
Thick Sectioning only 
(existing block) *pricing is per sample
$75.00 $122.25 $150.00
Thin Sectioning Only  $75.00 $122.25 $150.00

 

Thick Sectioning

Microtome sections exceeding 100 nm thickness. These are appropriate for tomographic volume imaging and histopathological examination in light microscopes for correlative EM studies or identifying specific tissue structures that are the target of the EM examination.

Thin Sectioning

Standard sectioning of blocks around 60-100 nm thickness. Thinner sections provide a greater surface area for antigenicity and structural detail due to less occlusion of epitopes or structures.

Used for rapid processing of samples for EM (typical processing times are one week). Microwave energy can also be used to provide better infiltration of epoxy resin into the difficult-to-embed material. It is also a preferred method for histo-pathological fixation for light microscopy.

Standart TEM sample preparation

Steps involve primary fixation, postfixation, dehydration and embedding steps. This method ensures the preservation of the specimen in a close to native state and the images reflect clear morphology and ultrastructure of the tissue. 

Pre-embedding immune-EM

Labeling of samples similar to methods used for immune-fluorescent microscopy but is followed by standard plastic embedding for TEM.

Post-embedding immune-EM

Labeling (single or double labeling) of thin sections of acrylic embedded tissue from high pressure frozen material is our typical first approach. However, multiple approaches are available including correlative light and EM methods and Tokuyasu methods.