Cat Top Hair

A cat’s top hair in a scanning electron microscope.Magnification: 2500x

How thick is it? Look closely with strucTEM-Measure:

Interesting facts about cat hair:

Most cats are incredibly cuddly because they have so many soft hairs. But how Read more


Microscopically small chive pollen: length just about 0.035 mm

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Shell of a bird egg

The shell of a small bird egg at about 3000x magnification in a  scanning electron microscope – SEM.

The outer eggshell (left) and the shell membrane (outer eggshell membrane, right) are clearly visible. The basic substances of the Read more

Nano-ART of a moth

Last week, Nathalie discovered beautiful “cudgels” between the filigree scales of a moth, whose surfaces resemble artificial nano-objects.Unfortunately, we do not yet know the function of these cudgels. Are they feelers? Smell organs?The cudgels have a total length of Read more

A sad walnut pollen

The image of a walnut pollen in the scanning electron microscope.

This small pollen is not even half a millimetre in size: it’s diameter is approx. 40 µm.

Common Applications:Since pollen is very resistant to decomposition, pollen analyses can Read more

Blueberry Powder

Freeze-dried blueberry fruit pieces in the microscope.The displayed magnifications are 20- & 60-fold in the light microscope (LM) and 170- & 1400-fold in the scanning electron microscope (SEM).

The accompanying zoom video:

Quality and taste of a food-powder Read more

Freeze-dried Mango

This overview image shows freeze-dried mango fruit pieces at different magnifications. 20x and 60x in a light microscope (LM). 670x and 2700x in a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The magnifications refer to the views on a 19 inch screen.

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Spruce Wood

Spruce wood in a scanning electron microscope (view perpendicular to the trunk diameter). At high resolution, the circular pits are easy to see. Pits are thinner portions of the cell wall that allowing mass transfer between neighboring cells.

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Lime Crystals

Sometimes it’s worth taking a close-up: Although a layer of lime in a saucepan is really annoying – the growing lime crystals look really beautiful in a SEM!

See also our video:

Magnification: 1250 foldImage width: 215 µm

Tilia Pollen

Lime tree pollen in relief representation.

Imaging technique: scanning electron microscopy (SEM), 7000x.Pollen diameter: 33 µm.