PLM image of anthroquinone cooled after thermal microscopy. Crossed polars with lambda waveplate.

This workshop is designed to introduce the major applications of microscopy in pharmaceutical development: polymorphism, particle size analysis, contaminant identification, and glass corrosion.



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


Targeted Participants

This course is intended for beginning and intermediate level analysts who need to gain familiarity and skill in the use of microscopy as applied to pharmaceutical development.


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.



Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice, as well as round table tips and tricks discussions. Participants are encouraged to bring their own samples, if possible. Laboratory exercises are designed to teach the student how to collect the appropriate information to aid drug development. Numerous case studies are presented to further the student’s ability to accurately interpret data and merge microscopy data with that from other instruments.


Main Curriculum

  • Polymorphism: using polarized light and thermal microscopy, along with IR and Raman micro-spectroscopy
  • Size and shape analysis using light microscopy, SEM/EDS with image analysis
  • Chemical imaging using SEM, fluorescence microscopy and micro-spectroscopy with image analysis
  • Glass vial corrosion (delamination) using light microscopy and SEM
  • Contamination identification using polarized light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, EDS, and micro-spectroscopy


Instruments Available

  • Polarizing Light Microscope
  • Hitachi S3500 SEM
  • Image Analysis Software
  • Linkam Thermal Microscope
  • Bruker Esprit (SDD)
  • IR and Raman Microscopes


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 Microscopy

SKU: R12
  • The workshop is conducted over 4½ days with a mixture of theory, demonstrations, and hands-on work. The course is designed to prepare the student to apply microscopy to solve solid-state pharmaceutical issues. The emphasis is on the practical use of the microscope.