ESTEEM2 is a European Integrated Infrastructure of electron microscopy facilities providing access for the academic and industrial research community in the physical sciences to some of the most powerful characterization techniques available at the nanoscale.
Transnational access to ESTEEM2 centers is obtained through a transparent, simple peer review process based on merit and scientific priorities. Service to users is supported by a networking programme which addresses key issues such as specimen preparation, data interpretation through theory and simulation, and standardization of protocols and methodologies. A series of schools and workshops provide training in innovative methods in electron microscopy and a forum for discussing emerging (cutting-edge) techniques.
Directed research programmes focus on the further development of electron diffraction, imaging and spectroscopy and the advancement of 3D methods and time resolved experiments. In all, ESTEEM2 establishes a strategic leadership in electron microscopy to guide future developments and promote electron microscopy to the wider research community at large. ESTEEM2 will benefit from European Union support.



The scientific aim of the Associated European Laboratory “TALEM” between University of Zaragoza’s LMA/INA and CNRS’s CEMES and LPCNO is motivated by the development of Electron Microscopy and Scanning Probe Microscopy for the study of nanomaterials. The behaviour of nanomaterials and nanostructures are indeed closely related to the local properties of the system at the atomic scale. Therefore, the complete characterization and possible tuning of their properties necessitate the perfect knowledge at the local scale (nanometer range) of their structural and electronic structure. Talem project will be active till 2018.
The purpose of the project is to share the expertise of the three partners in terms of:
  • Chemical synthesis of nanoparticles of controlled size and shape.
  • Deposit of magnetic nanostructures by focused electron beam (FEBID).
  • Lorentz microscopy and Electron Holography.
  • Quantitative Microscopy STEM HAADF.
  • Electron tomography.
  • Analytical Microscopy technics (EDX and EELS).
  • Low-voltage TEM for the study of electron irradiation sensitive materials.
  • Near Field Microscopy technics for the study of single molecules.