The Electron Microscope Unit (EMU) was commissioned in 1983, and is currently managed by Prof Basil Julies and supported by Natasha Kensley (admin assistant), Adrian Josephs (senior technical officer), and Dr Subelia Botha (senior lecturer).
The EMU is an inter-disciplinary core research facility within the Faculty of Natural Sciences at UWC, which is also accessible by researchers from other tertiary institutions nationally. The EMU is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and a range of specimen preparation equipment. The high demand among nanoscience and nanotechnology researchers for Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy (SEM and TEM) as a characterisation technique, means that the unit can set aside only a relatively small amount of access time for the private sector.
The prime function of the EMU is to serve the science community within UWC