Energy dispersive x-ray chemical map of a sectioned multivitamin tablet.

This workshop is designed as an intensive introduction to chemical imaging in pharmaceutical development.



Please contact us if you would like to take this workshop.


Targeted Participants


This course is intended for all analysts and managers who are interested in the details of chemical imaging.


The EMS Microscopy Academy
Located in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, the Academy provides electron microscopy classes, workshops and training sessions for all fields of microscopy, including materials science and biological science.



Laboratory exercises and demonstrations are the primary teaching tools. Brief lectures on pertinent subjects are presented. Participants are encouraged to bring their own samples if possible. Laboratory exercises are designed to teach the student how to collect and interpret chemical images.


Main Curriculum

  • Theory of chemical imaging using SEM/EDS, fluorescence microscopy and IR/Raman micro-spectroscopy
  • Tablet sample preparation for SEM/EDS, fluorescence microscopy and IR/Raman micro-spectroscopy.
  • Image generation using SEM/EDS.
  • Image analysis techniques to generate quantitative values.
  • Data presentation


Instruments Available

  • Leica and RMC Ultramicrotomes
  • Hitachi S3500 SEM
  • Bruker Esprit (SDD)
  • Image Analysis Software


Enrollment Note
Registration will be limited to a maximum of 15 participants.
EMS will provide samples to those who prefer not to bring their own.


Pharmaceutical Chemical Imaging

  • The workshop topics include theory, sample preparation, image generation, digital image analysis, and data presentation. It exclusively treats chemical imaging of pharmaceutical tablets.


    The workshop is conducted over 2 days with a mixture of theory, demonstrations, and hands-on work. The emphasis is on laboratory exercises with real samples and attendees are encouraged to bring their own samples. The laboratory work uses SEM/EDS to illustrate chemical imaging although other images such as fluorescence and Raman maps will be discussed and illustrated.


    The goal of the workshop is to teach the basic operations of chemical imaging to prepare the student to generate and interpret such images in their own laboratory.