Microscopy and Imaging Center
University of Mississippi

Microscopy and Imaging Center

Welcome to the Microscopy and Imaging Center (MIC) of the University of Mississippi. Located in the School of Pharmacy, MIC, also known as the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Core, is the core facility providing scanning electron microscopy services for various stakeholders in the North Mississippi region.

Stalked glandular trichome of Cannabis
An array of soluble polymer microneedles
Bacteria found in a Tinospora sample
Glandular trichomes of Salvia divinorum
Gold nanoparticles on carbon
Glandular and nonglandular trichomes of Salvia divinorum
Waxy deposits found on the leaves of Tinospora cordifolia
Tin balls on carbon
An eye-like pit of fiber wall

Major goals

The aim of MIC is to provide the students, faculty and research staff at the University of Mississippi (UM) with access to and training in advanced microscopy techniques. Presently, the Core provides imaging and analysis services with the JSM-7200 FLV Field-Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Additional microscopes will be added to the Core in the future. With its high magnification, ultra-high spatial resolution capabilities and multiple detectors, the SEM is a key instrument for several UM departments and supports a number of multidisciplinary research programs ranging from fundamental biology to nanotechnology.


The MIC currently provides imaging and training services to students, faculty and researchers on the following:

    • High-resolution SEM/STEM/CL imaging of various kinds of samples
    • Elemental analysis & mapping by EDS (Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy)
    • User training – Hands-on training on sample preparation, SEM & EDS operation and software familiarization
    • SEM course – Demonstration of SEM operation for undergraduate and graduate student groups.


Microscopy and Imaging Center (SEM Core)
B083 Thad Cochran Research Center-East
National Center for Natural Products Research
School of Pharmacy
The University of Mississippi
University, MS-38677

Map showing MIC's location on campus

A part of UM campus map showing location of the MIC/SEM Core.

Funding Source

The JSM-7200 FLV FE-SEM was funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program (Award number 1726880).