Microscopy & Microanalysis Unit

The Microscopy and Microanalysis Unit (MMU) is a service facility at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Our services include sample preparation for microscopy, image capturing, X-ray microanalysis and image analysis. We offer a high level of service to both the University community and commercial clients. We also host basic and advanced light and electron microscopy courses, and conduct tours and instrument demonstrations for school groups. The MMU has departments at the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses.

We have an impressive complement of techniques and instruments, which include: Sample preparation techniques – Resin embedding, Ultramicrotomy, Sputter coating, Carbon coating and Freeze-drying.

MMU Pietermaritzburg Campus
  •  Light Microscopes – Olympus BH2 (Phase) and Olympus AX70 Fluorescent microscope
  • Stereo Microscope – LEICA MZ16
  • Transmission Electron Microscope (brightfield and darkfield) – JEOL 1400
  • Scanning Electron Microscope – (conventional SEM, low vacuum and X-ray microanalysis)
    – ZEISS EVO LS 15
  • Confocal Microscope – ZEISS Confocal LSM

John Bews Building
B Block

Appointment Contact
Tel. 033 260 5155


MMU Durban/Westville Campus
  • Light Microscope (all imaging modes) – NIKON DXM
  • Stereo Microscope –NIKON AZ100
  • Transmission Electron Microscope (brightfield, darkfield and cryo stage) – JEOL 1010
  • High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (brightfield, darkfield, STEM,
    diffraction) - JEOL HRTEM 2100
  • Scanning Electron Microscope – (conventional SEM and X-ray microanalysis) – ZEISS
    LEO 1450
  • Field Emission Gun Scanning Electron Microscope – (conventional imaging, low kV,
    cryo imaging, and X-ray microanalysis) - ZEISS FEGSEM Ultra Plus

E Block – E1
Level 04, Room 50

Appointment Contact
031 260 1198


For further enquiries please contact:
Nelisha Murugan (Manager) on 031 260 2174 or via email at Murugann@ukzn.ac.za


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