Electron Microscopy Unit

Unit Leader: Belén Ballesteros

ICN2 Electron Microscopy Unit 2019

Unit Leader

Belén Ballesteros


Dr Belén Ballesteros earned her degree in Chemistry with Honours at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 2001, before going on to obtain her PhD in 2006 at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC).

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The ICN2 Electron Microscopy Unit focuses on the use of electron microscopy techniques for nanoscience and nanotechnology research and applications. The main aim of the Unit is to provide scientific-technical support to the ICN2 research lines and to external scientists and private companies, as well as developing and implementing novel techniques. The laboratory has active collaborations with other research institutions and is becoming increasingly involved in European networks, such as the NFFA project. It provides researchers and students an extensive range of processing services to help them carry out their research activities.


The ICN2 Electron Microscopy facilities are located in the basement of the ICN2 building.

Electron Microscopy Unit facility map

Lab -1014: FEI Tecnai G2 F20 HR(S)TEM
Lab -1016: FEI Magellan 400L XRSEM
Lab -1018 & Lab -1020: Sample preparation facilities
Lab -1022: FEI Quanta 650F ESEM

Feder - SO - Generalitat

The ICN2 Electron Microscopy Unit has received funds from the European Regional Development Fund through calls from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, and the Generalitat de Catalunya Regional Ministry of Economy and Knowledge. Besides, we have been supported by the Severo Ochoa Programme, granted by the back then Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.