The Imperial Centre for Cryo Microscopy of Materials (I(CM)2) is a unique facility in the UK for multi-length scale materials characterization of environmentally sensitive materials that is currently being installed at Imperial College London.
The facility consists of the three state of the art microscopes (Cameca LEAP 5000 XR, FEI-Thermofisher Scientific Helios Hydra DualBeam with cryo-stage and FEI-Thermofisher Scientific Spectra 300 with cryo-holders) connected via an inert gas glovebox with cryo-vacuum transfer capability. By combining the capabilities of these instruments, the facility will be able to carry out nanoscale compositional and structural analysis on environmentally sensitive materials of interest to a wide range of fields.
As of September 2021, the LEAP 5000XR and the Hydra DualBeam have been installed and commissioned, with the glovebox and Spectra 300 to be installed later in 2021. Process flows for the new instruments are being tested and implemented by staff before making them more widely available for access.