Issue 85, 19 November 1999
The disease of a thousand faces «
Shimmer project to launch in 2000 «
People in profile «
Fleming's early research is honoured «
Library changes «
New facility «
Hats off to the Civil Engineering Contractors' Association «
A word with Chris Wise «
Regular Features
In Brief «
Media Mentions «
Noticeboard «

New facility

The launch of a new electron microscope facility emphasised that Imperial is now a world class centre for structural biology and electron microscopy.

The official opening took place on Thursday 4 November by Lord Vincent, Chairman of the Court and Council. The facility forms the basis of the centre for biomolecular electron microscopy within the department of biochemistry and is a key component of the BBSRC centre for structural biology at the College.

Three different microscopes with varying degrees of capability include the CM300, the first instrument of its kind, built for Imperial College by Phillips. It combines an accelerated voltage of 300 kV with a field emission gun and a liquid helium stage.

The instruments cost 2.5 million in total with 50 per cent of the funding coming from Glaxo Wellcome, SmithKline Beecham and Phillips. The remaining 50 per cent came from BBSRC/HEFCE via the Joint Equipment Initiative.

The microscopes will help to elucidate the structure of biological molecules, the CM300 in particular taking these observations to high resolutions.

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