Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

At St Paul’s we are lucky to have our own scanning electron microscope (SEM) as part of our microscopy research suite.

The research-grade SEM was acquired in 2015 to enable students to conduct their own research as part of the St Paul’s science curriculum.

It is also intended for the SEM to become a research hub, sharing the facility with external schools and other educational establishments to encourage and inspire future generations in all aspects of science, especially materials science, as well as in geography, biology and engineering.

We encourage pupils at St Paul’s and our Partnership Schools to propose, run and contribute to projects using the SEM. Recent projects have included: bicycle part failure mechanisms; mammalian hair structure; fossilized lizards; iridescent beetles and ammonites; structural colour in butterfly wings.

For more information on the SEM programme or to propose any projects please contact Mr Luke Warriner.

The Halley Research Community runs training sessions on the Electron Microscope.