LVEM5 Benchtop Electron Microscope

Nanoscale from your benchtop



 Learn about the unique features that make the LVEM5 benchtop  electron microscope a one of a kind instrument.

LVEM5 Introduction


The LVEM5 is the uniquely designed benchtop low voltage electron microscope that is small enough to fit anywhere nanoscale imaging is needed. A remarkable imaging tool equipped with TEM, SEM and STEM modes and designed to produce detailed and meaningful image results with unmatched contrast of biologic and soft material samples. The LVEM5 is a benefit to any lab working, researching or studying nano materials.

The LVEM5 is easy to learn, operate and maintain, and has a price that is just a fraction of the cost of a conventional transmission electron microscope. It is a versatile and capable instrument well-suited for any classroom or research lab. The LVEM5 brings nanoscale to your benchtop.


Imaging Modes

The LVEM5 provides unmatched versatility by integrating 4 imaging modes into one very capable yet benchtop sized microscope. Depending on system configuration the LVEM5 can alternate between operating as a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM) and can even provide Electron Diffraction (ED) data without ever having to re-align the column or adjust the sample. This allows both surface and transmission images of the sample to be captured from the same area of interest. The ability of a single instrument to undertake multiple imaging modes can’t be understated, and it is quickly becoming the indispensable tool of choice for many research labs.

Imaging Modes TEM, ED, STEM, SEM
Basic TEM
Resolving power 2 nm
Total Magnification 2,200-230,000x
Resolving power 1.2nm
Total Magnification 1,400-700,000
Resolving power 3nm
Max. Magnification 100,000x
Max. Field of view 200x200um
Resolving power 2.5 nm
Max. Magnification 250,000x
Max. Field of view 25 x 25 um
ED (Electron Diffraction)
Minimum Probe Size 100 nm

Key Technical Features


Form Factor

The miniature architecture of the LVEM5 allows the system to be installed practically anywhere, whether it be a benchtop, classroom or mobile lab. In every case the system takes up minimal room and resources.



This hardware-based enhancement of the basic TEM imaging mode provides increased total magnification and higher resolving power in the TEM images. A more advanced and powerful projective lens, combined with a far more sensitive camera allows for higher image quality as well as higher magnification and resolution.


Turbomolecular Pump with Diaphragm Pump

This airlock system pump guarantees a quick and clean sample exchange.

Pump 2

2 Ion Getter Pumps

These pumps ensure a non-contaminated sample space to always provide stable imaging conditions.

Ray Gun

5kv Field Emission Gun

The Field Emission Gun (FEG) is a low voltage Schottky type with very high brightness and spatial coherency. This allows for strong interactions between electrons and the sample. The minimum expected lifetime of the FEG is around 2,000 hours.


YAG Screen

A high-resolution final TEM image is projected onto the YAG Screen via the electron beam. From there, light optics take over to produce an image onto the computer screen.



The fully motorized manipulator allows a sample to be easily and precisely repositioned inside the column, allowing for imaging of the entire sample.

Control Panel

Control Panel

Imaging is a breeze with the intuitive and comfortable controls that allow easy adjustment of illumination, magnification stage movement and beam correctors.

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LVEM5 Key Applications



The LVEM5 is predominantly well suited for labs doing routine research in nano materials as the LVEM5 is an indispensable characterization tool capable of providing necessary detail on particle size and count distributions, particle shape, surface morphology as well as filament morphology, to name a few. To read more on how the LVEM5 is used in nanostructure applications, click here.


Polymer Research

In the research of polymers, the implicit low-contrast imaging due to the polymers’ molecular composition is a non-issue where the LVEM5 is concerned, due to the ultra-high contrast provided by the low energy electron source. The LVEM5 can help to greatly understand the phase behaviour and morphology of these nanostructured Polymers. To read more on how the LVEM5 is used in polymer research applications, click here.

Energy Research

Energy Research

The energy field is one filled with amazing possibilities, and nanomaterials are paving the way to revolutionize how the world consumes energy. Whether its discovering new catalysts to improve fuel efficiency, building super capacitors from quantum dots or finding new ways to extend the life of a battery, the LVEM5 remains one of the best options offering high contrast imagery of internal compositions as well as surface detail of researched materials. To read more on how the LVEM5 is used in energy research applications, click here.


Environmental Toxicology

As nanotechnology and its affiliated materials are poised to soon become staples in everyday life, it is not surprising that a field like Environmental Toxicology has come to exist. This discipline studies the impact of manmade pollutants and chemicals on the ecosystem, and focuses on nanoparticle characterization and analysis of heavy metals within our food and water sources. To read more on how the LVEM5 is used in environmental toxicology research applications, click here.



Nanotechnology is taking the material and life sciences fields by storm. The LVEM5 is an intuitive imaging tool that makes it easy for students and researchers to delve into the world of nano with relative ease and clarity. The LVEM5 is well positioned as an educational tool to give students at the high school and college level an early introduction to nano-science and electron microscopy. The microscope’s multi-modal imaging capabilities will allow students to experiment with 3 different imaging techniques (TEM, SEM, STEM) with just one machine. With the help of the LVEM5, professors possess the ability to develop an interest in several different nano disciplines into the bright minds of today’s youth. Nano-science is shaping up to be one of the largest multidisciplinary technologies to date, and students are at the forefront of this astounding transition. To read more on how the LVEM5 is used in education, click here.

Image Acquisition


TEM Mode – Digital Camera

LVEM5 systems equipped with the basic TEM mode are fitted with the Retiga 4000R CCD camera from QImaging, featuring enhanced well capacity and resolution for low-light sensitivity and high dynamic range.

LVEM5 systems equipped with TEM BOOST mode are upgraded to the Zyla 5.5 scientific CMOS camera from Andor. These cameras feature higher speed and higher sensitivity sensors.

Camera Specifications
Basic TEM
Camera Retiga 4000R CCD
Sensor Size 2,048 x 2,048 pixels
Digitization 12-bit
Pixel Size 7.4 x 7.4 µm
Cooling Peltier cooled
Read Noise 12e -
Camera Zyla 5.5 Scientific CMOS
Sensor Size 2,560 x 2,160 pixels
Digitization 12 or 16 bit
Pixel Size 6.5 x 6.5 µm
Cooling TE Cooled
Read Noise 1.2 e

SEM mode – Backscatter Electron Detector (BSE)

For SEM image acquisition, the LVEM5 employs a Backscatter Electron (BSE) detector which is broken into quadrants, offering a stereoscopic view of the object. Material and Relief modes are also possible, giving a detailed understanding of the surface texture. The BSE detector is sensitive to density of the sample, giving contrast based on atomic number, this can be useful in differentiating materials from one another.


STEM – Photomultiplier

With the addition of the STEM photomultiplier, the versatile LVEM5 has the added capability of scanning transmission microscopy, which can be useful in situations where samples are stained or simply too thick to act as a conventional TEM sample


The LVEM5 is controlled through our intuitive user interface. It allows for monitoring and adjustments to all important microscope parameters. Through the software it is possible to switch seamlessly between all imaging modes. The software can also serve as a virtual keyboard, replicating most of the function of the LVEM5 operating console. Image acquisition in all modes is also carried out directly within the LVEM5 software, providing the capability for live FFT, scale bar display and measurements to be made on the live image. There is also full software control over the image detectors to make adjustments to image brightness and contrast as well as a live-histogram auto-correction and bit-depth selection in the TEM mode.

Control System

Image Analysis

For image post-processing tasks, the LVEM5 software kit includes QCapture Pro software allowing for contrast adjustments, multiple on-image measurements with export function, spatial filtering and other useful manipulations. In any case, the images are saved in non-proprietary formats, which can be imported into your favorite image analysis software, such as ImageJ.


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Nanoscale from Your Benchtop

The LVEM5 is an invaluable microscopy tool that combines high-resolution imaging with nanoscale resolving power in the worlds one and only benchtop TEM design. With the ability to work in TEM, SEM and STEM imaging modes while remaining affordable and simple to use, the LVEM5 is the perfect tool for any university or research institute working in nanoscale. Join the many leading institutions around the world who trust the LVEM5 for their imaging needs. Request a detailed no obligations quote today with a few simple clicks.

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