Press releases, announcements, awards, and news


JEOL UK SEM Workshop

JEOL UK will run a series of one-day workshops.The workshops are intended to provide the new generation of SEM users (including PhD students and postdocs, technical and experimental officers, and EM facility managers) with the introduction to SEM and related analytical techniques, such as energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. 

Lectures and practical sessions will take place in the JEOL UK headquarter, which is located in Welwyn Garden City, and which houses state-of-the-art thermionic and field emission instruments. Topics will range from sample preparation and carrying out basic imaging to elemental analysis and troubleshooting common SEM problems.

The first dates have been set for:

Tuesday 16th April 

Wednesday 17th April

*  This is a one-day course. The content will be repeated on the second day.

** Can’t make it? Keep checking our website – we will have additional dates confirmed soon for summer & fall 2019.

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Ceremony to mark JEOL NMR spectrometer installations at IOCB in Prague

 A special inauguration ceremony and professional seminar was held at the IOCB in Prague following the successful installation of a JEOL 600 MHz NMR spectrometer for solid state NMR equipped with the Ultra-Fast MAS probe and a JEOL 500 MHz NMR spectrometer with the new JEOL ROYALPROBE-HFX for liquid analysis.

JEOL Europe, has installed two of its high field NMR spectrometers in a new laboratory at the Institute of Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry (I.O.C.B.), part of the Czech Academy of Science.

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JEOL Postdoc Poster Competition


Last week the annual ‘JEOL Postdoc Poster Competition’ took place at The University of York - Department of Chemistry

The standard of the entries was again very high, making the judges job very difficult.

The winners are…

  • Aggie Lawer - "Selective fluorination: a tool to control peptides' conformation and biological activity"
  • Peter Rayner - "Tunable Catalysts for Hyperpolarisation"

And the runners-up…

  • Fergal Byrne - "2,2,5,5-Tetramethyloxolane (TMO): An Unusual Ether Which Can Replace Hazardous Hydrocarbon Solvents"

  • Sandra Greive - "Probing the function of a thermostable viral portal protein using single molecule electrical sensing"

  • Petr Slavík - "DBS-CONHNH2 Hydrogels with Embedded Catalytically-Active Metal Nanoparticles"
  • Carmen Piras - "Spatial control of multicomponent self-assembled gels

Thank you to everyone who entered and CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!



The Rosalind Franklin Institute purchase JEOL JIB-4700F FIB-SEM Multi Beam System

Following the announcement in February 2018 of an initial £1.55m investment to fund the development of a unique time-resolved high-resolution transmission electron microscope, the purchase of the JEOL FIB with assistance from the MRC, Diamond Light Source and the RCaH, is the first stage in what will be a long term project.

The newly developed JIB-4700F utilises a Focussed Ion Beam column with a high-current density Ga ion source providing up to 90nA of probe-current. The high current provides for the fast ion milling and processing of specimens. The SEM optics feature an "in-lens Schottky-emission electron gun" that produces an electron beam with a maximum probe-current of 300nA, which allows for simultaneous high-resolution observations and fast analyses. This field emission SEM additionally features a hybrid conical objective lens, GENTLEBEAM™ (GB) mode and an in-lens detector system to deliver a guaranteed resolution of 1.6nm at a low accelerating voltage of 1 kV.

In parallel with high-speed cross-section processing by FIB, high-resolution SEM observations and fast analyses can be conducted utilizing energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Additionally, a three-dimensional analysis function that automatically captures SEM images at regular intervals during cross-section processing is provided as one of the JIB-4700F's standard features.



Exciting New Vacancy at JEOL UK - Applications Specialist

JEOL are now accepting applications for a new member to the UK Applications Team. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the world’s leading scientific instrument manufacturers. The successful person will play a key role supporting JEOL’s new Cryo-TEM instruments in the UK, as well as the wider product range from JEOL. Primary responsibilities include supporting demonstrations and helping to train new customers in the use of the instruments.

The vacancy would suit someone with hands on knowledge of Transmission Electron Microscopy and sample preparation, ideally with a background in CryoEM. Full training on the products will be provided. Regular travel to customer sites will be required along with occasional travel to Japan and Europe. A competitive salary is offered along with a company car, pension and health benefits.

Interested applicants should apply before the Friday 29th June 2018 in writing to and include a current C.V.

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Medical research at Szeged Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to investigate degenerative diseases of the motor system, focusing on ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).

The brilliant astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and the best baseball player of all time Lou Gehrig are among the famous victims of the disease. In the United States the disease is called Lou Gehrig disease (in remembrance of him).

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Pictured left: Dr Siklós László (SZBK)

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The Scottish Cryo-EM consortium has chosen the JEOL JEM-Z300FSC CRYO ARM™ 300

JEOL UK are proud to announce that the Scottish Cryo-EM consortium has chosen the JEOL JEM-Z300FSC CRYO ARM™ 300 as their preferred automated Cryo Transmission Electron Microscope (Cryo-TEM) for the Scottish Centre for Macromolecular Imaging (SCMI). 

The SCMI consortium led by the MRC Centre for Virus Research (CVR) at The University of Glasgow, selected JEOL after a thorough evaluation of the competing technologies for cryo-TEM.  The JEOL CRYO ARM™ 300 will be supported by a second TEM, the JEOL 200kV JEM-F200 “F2” Cryo-TEM.

Project lead and programme leader in the CVR, Dr David Bhella said:

“The mission of the CVR is to carry out fundamental research on viruses and viral diseases, translating the knowledge gained for the improvement of health and benefit of society.

Cryogenic transmission electron microscopy is revolutionising the field of structural biology. The SCMI represents a tremendous opportunity not only for the CVR, but also for Life Scientists throughout Scotland.  The new facility will place Glasgow at the centre of vital structural biology research by offering world-class capability. The new technology will help us investigate key processes in cancer biology and infection”. 

Cryo-EM has gained an enormous momentum in recent years resulting in the award for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Ultra-high resolution structural analysis of viruses and proteins derived from cryo-EM techniques such as Single Particle Analysis (SPA) require high stability hardware and software.

The JEOL CRYO ARM™ 300 is the latest offering in cryo-TEM, able to achieve unprecedented resolution and stability by including: Cold Field Emission Gun; in-column Omega energy filter; Hole-Free Phase Plate; side-entry liquid nitrogen cooling stage and an automated 12 specimen storage and exchange system. 

The JEM-F200 "F2” is a high throughput TEM and the only 200kV system in its class to offer a Cold Field Emission Gun. The 'F2' employs the latest JEOL innovations in an easy-to-use, extremely stable, high resolution imaging 200kV TEM with STEM. This makes it the ideal partner for any high level cryo-TEM.

JEOL look forward to helping and supporting Dr David Bhella and colleagues in the SCMI consortium in their research activities using the new instruments.

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