University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation. We make a positive difference to people’s lives. With a truly global outlook, it is an inclusive and inspiring university community.

Research Networks

Sustainable Earth Institute

The Sustainable Earth Institute is about promoting a new way of thinking about the future of our world.

The Institute bring researchers together with businesses, community groups and individuals to develop cutting-edge research and innovative approaches that build resilience to global challenges. Research areas across the University including science, engineering, arts, humanities, health and business are linked through this network.

Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre

The Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (PEMC) offers expert and specialist support to students, researchers, academics and industry.

The centre offers:

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
  • Low-vacuum SEM, with large chamber
  • Low-temperature SEM (cryo)
  • Light/optical microscopy
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD)
  • EDS (Energy Dispersive Spectrometry)
  • WDS (Wavelength Dispersive Spectrometry)
  • Mineral analysis.

This equipment is integrated with sophisticated software for image analysis, image processing and x-ray characterisation of materials, with facilities for rapid report generation.

Consolidated Radio-isotope Facility

The ISO-certified Plymouth University Consolidated Radio-isotope Facility (CORIF) is a dedicated laboratory for the manipulation and analysis of natural and enhanced radioactive materials and applications of radioactivity in material analysis. It offers a wide range of ISO-certified research and consultancy services to external academic, public and private sector clients. Data quality is assured through regular participation in external proficiency tests: e.g. Max Rübner Institute (MRI), Germany; National Physical Laboratory (NPL), UK; International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Austria (data available on request).