19-23 Nov. 2018 and 04-08 Feb. 2019

CNR IMM Bologna


Andrea PARISINI and Vittorio MORANDI

The “Pier Giorgio Merli” Transmission Electron Microscopy School, jointly organised by SISM and CNR-IMM, has gained its 7th edition. As in previous editions, in two full weeks, following a well tested series of theoretical and practical lessons, the School will provide students and researchers with a qualified introduction to Transmission and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy techniques for materials science.

The first theoretical part of the School (November 19-23, 2018) will start with a presentation of the elements of electron optics needed to introduce the TEM/STEM working principles and will continue with a comprehensive lesson on radiation damage to warn the students of the downsides and the possible artefacts of these powerful investigation techniques. Some essential aspects of the theory of the electron diffraction will then be used to describe the elastic interaction of the electron beam with the crystalline sample and the electron microscopy techniques that immediately follow: Selected Area and Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction (SAED and CBED). Examples of their application for crystallographic phases identification and strain determination will be illustrated. Basic crystallography notions will be also recalled in a specific lesson. The contrast mechanisms in TEM and STEM (diffraction, phase and mass-thickness) will be successively presented for their importance in studies of lattice defects, nanoparticles and nanotubes in solids and devices.

In recent year, TEM/STEM imaging techniques have attained atomic resolution for all the materials of interest in materials science. In our course, a unique theory of image formation will be used to describe both the coherent (HREM) and incoherent (HAADF-STEM) approach to these high resolution techniques. The main aspects of the inelastic interaction of the electron beam with the sample will be presented to describe the two essential analytical techniques for compositional analysis: EDS and EELS. Finally, electron holography and interferometric methods will be introduced to show either the possibility to record the phase of the electron wave and to determine electric potential variations inside the samples or as alternative techniques in phase analysis and strain determination.

In the second week (February 4-8, 2019), what learnt during the first half of the school will be put into practice. Students, under teacher’s supervision, will be allowed to directly operate on the 200 kV Schottky FEG TEM-STEM (FEI Tecnai F20 ST) installed at the CNR-IMM Institute. During this week, students will be also trained to the use of some of the available simulation and data processing software essential for TEM/STEM work.

Participants may choose to attend either the whole course or the theoretical part only (it is not possible to register for the practical course only). To guarantee enough operating time to all the students, the total number of participants to the practical week will be limited. Selected presentations of new products by representatives of TEM/STEM manufacturers, sample preparation instruments and accessories for electron microscopy are also planned. At the end of the School a certificate of attendance will be given to all the participants and upon request a certificate of the acquired skills, that may be also used for obtaining academic credits, may be issued after passing a written examination.

As participation to the School is open to people from all countries the official language is English.


The school will take place at the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, Bologna Section, located in the Bologna Research Area, Via Gobetti 101 40129, Bologna, Italy.

Theoretical part: 19-23 Nov. 2018
Practical part: 04-08 Feb. 2019


For information on accommodation and how to reach CNR-IMM Bologna, please refer to http://www.bo.cnr.it or contact:

Mrs. Giorgia Giovannini
CNR – IMM Sezione di Bologna
Tel: +39 051 6399143
E-mail: giovannini@bo.imm.cnr.it


The fee includes participation to the courses, education materials, coffee breaks and lunches to the local CNR canteen. Students and young researchers with a temporary position can claim an additional 30% discount on the fees (VAT excluded).

Theoretical Part

SISM Members: 560€
Non members: 700€

Theoretical and Practical Parts

SISM Members: 1360€
Non members: 1700€

For any payment an invoice will be issued. Please note that, for employees of Italian public institutions, the fee is exempt from VAT (Article 10 of DPR 633/72).

Participation to the school will give right to a free SISM membership for year 2019 upon request.


Registration to the school is obtained by signing up before October 31, 2018, directly on the SISM website http://www.sism.it.

Registration fees may be paid through:

Credit card
SISM website: http://www.sism.it

Bank transfer
IBAN: IT 43 Q 02008 02455 000103039142
Address: Unicredit - Ag. Dante, Bologna
Reference: “Name of the participant + BOTEM2018”

Important notice: The maximum number of participants to the Full Course (Theoretical and Practical parts) has been already reached. Registrations are still open till 31 October for the Theoretical course only.