Professor Ursel Bangert

University of Limerick

Prof. Ursel Bangert, Chair in Microscopy and Imaging on UL’s Bernal Project since 2014, is substantially involved in managing the current electron microscopy facilities in UL’s Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI), and in building up the new International Centre for Ultra-High Resolution Imaging and Characterisation.


She has been instrumental in raising funding for, and the acquisition of the Titan Themis. This TEM, one of a handful in the world, will be the most relevant facility at UL with regards to this project, as it enables imaging and spectroscopy on the atomic scale. It will immensely further research carried out in areas of nano- and novel 2-D materials through addition/development of TEM holders for sample treatments carried out directly in the TEM, as well as in a docking station allowing immediate and un-affecting sample transfer to the TEM. The UL TEM Centre is collaborating with world-renowned Centres, with respect to provision of global facilities and technical competence, as well as regarding provision of complementary techniques/measurements; these Centres include, the Ernst-Ruska Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons in the Peter Gruenberg Institute in the Research Centre Juelich and the National UK SuperSTEM facility at Daresbury.


There is already high demand for the UL TEM Centre facilities and collaboration with U. Bangert’s TEM group within UL itself by all Science and Engineering Schools & Departments, and for collaborative research by groups within national (SFI) and international (US-Ireland partnership, Graphene Flagship, QuantERA, COST, FETopen) funding schemes.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement number 736899.