14.02.2019

AGH UST co-delivers European project on electron microscopy


Scientists from the AGH UST International Centre of Electron Microscopy for Materials Science are taking part in a prestigious European project related to the use of advanced methods and techniques based on electron microscopy in research into microstructural construction materials. The official name of the project is ‘Enabling Science and Technology through European Electron Microscopy (ESTEEM3)’, with Profesor Adam Kruk acting as the project manager on the part of AGH UST.

ESTEEM3 seeks to promote scientific research connected with the most recent imaging techniques, including 3D, using electron diffraction, spectroscopy, in-situ techniques and metrology in order to broaden the range of research options available for studies of materials for energy production, transport and health.

One of the main project aims is to secure continued development of experimental methods and techniques in the area of electron microscopy as well as foster cooperation between leading European electron microscopy centres.

ESTEEM3 also aims to enable free access to expensive, state of the art research equipment for international science and business environment. The research infrastructure of the individual project partners will be used under the so-called ‘Transnational Access’ for analysing the structure and properties of new materials as well as for promoting the advancement of physical, chemical and biological studies in general. Access to the equipment will be open to scientists from all Europe upon presentation of problem statement – a research project evaluated by a team of independent experts.

ESTEEM3 will also include training sessions and seminars, including the AGH UST – held 6th. European School of Electron Microscopy.

Scientists representing 19 European research centres are involved in the project alongside AGH UST. These are:

  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Zur Forderung Der Wissenschaften EV (Germany),
  • Forschungszentrum Julich GmbH (Germany),
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS (France),
  • Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium),
  • University of Oxford (the United Kingdom),
  • University of Cambridge (the United Kingdom),
  • Institut Jozef Stefan (Slovenia),
  • Technische Universitaet Graz (Austria),
  • Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain),
  • Universidad de Cadiz (Spain),
  • Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola AB (Sweden),
  • Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet NTNU (Norway),
  • Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (Italy),
  • Attolight SA (Switzerland),
  • CEOS Corrected Electron Optical Systems GmbH (Germany),
  • DENSsolutions BV (the Netherlands),
  • NanoMEGAS SPRL (Belgium),
  • Quantum Detectors Ltd (Wthe United Kingdom),
  • Euronovia (France).


ESTEEM3 is a scientific project funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme, the H2020-INFRAIA-2018-2020 call. The total budget for the initiative is 10 000 000 euros.