Microscopy & Microanalysis Unit

The Microscopy and Microanalysis Unit (MMU) is a central microscopy research and service facility at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. We offer microscopy advice and technical assistance to UKZN staff and students, as well as to researchers from other Universities and Private/ Commercial clients. Our services include sample preparation for light and electron microscopy, image capturing, image analysis and X-ray and crystallographic microanalysis. We also offer basic and advanced light and electron microscopy courses. The MMU has laboratories at the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses.

We have an impressive complement of techniques and instruments, which include:

MMU Pietermaritzburg Campus
  • Zeiss Axio Scope Phase contrast microscope
  • Olympus AX70 Fluorescent microscope
  • LEICA MZ16 Stereo Microscope
  • JEOL 1400Transmission Electron Microscope (brightfield, darkfield, diffraction, EDX)
  • ZEISS EVO LS 15 Scanning Electron Microscope (conventional SEM, low vacuum, ESEM and EDX)
  • ZEISS Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope 
Pietermaritzburg Campus
John Bews Building
B Block

For Bookings and Appointments
Tel. 033 260 5155


MMU Durban/Westville Campus
  • Nikon 80i compound Light Microscope (brightfield, darkfield, phase, fluorescent, DIC)
  • NIKON AZ100 Stereo Microscope
  • JEOL 1010 Transmission Electron Microscope (brightfield, darkfield and cryo stage)
  • JEOL 2100 High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (brightfield, darkfield, diffraction STEM, EDX)
  • ZEISS LEO 1450 Scanning Electron Microscope (conventional SEM)
  • ZEISS FEGSEM Ultra Plus Field Emission Gun Scanning Electron Microscope  (conventional imaging, low kV, cryo imaging, and X-ray microanalysis)
  • Struers LaboPol 20 Polisher for EBSD sample preparation
  • Struers Secotom 15 for EBSD sample preparation 
Westville Campus
E Block – E1
Level 04, Room 50

For Bookings and Appointments
Tel: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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