Chemical Map (sodium and oxygen) of naproxen sodium tablet cross section overlaid on backscatter electron image.

This course is designed to teach the basic techniques and operations of pharmaceutical microscopy.



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


Targeted Participants


This course covers the basic microscopy techniques used in pharmaceutical development and is designed for the novice or beginner.


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 table tips and tricks discussion. Participants are encouraged to bring their own samples, if possible.


Main Curriculum

Use of the following techniques in solid-state analysis, particle shape and size studies, contaminant identification, and glass corrosion (delamination) assessments:

  • Stereomicroscopy
  • Polarized light microscopy
  • Thermal microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscope and EDS (energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy)
  • IR and Raman microspectroscopy
  • Automated image analysis


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: Techniques

  • Microscopy has a place in nearly all solid-state studies and is often a critical component to solving drug development issues.

    For the optimum use of microscopy, one needs both good instrumentation and a skilled microscopist. This course is designed to teach the basic techniques and operations of pharmaceutical microscopy. We assume no prior knowledge of microscopy but a basic knowledge of solid-state pharmaceutical analysis.