The University Imaging Centers offer a range of sample preparation protocols for electron and light microscopy. We are set up for chemical processing (conventional, low-temperature, and microwave-assisted) of primarily biological materials, along with preparation of some physical materials. For SEM, samples can be dried, mounted and sputter coated prior to observation. Specimens for LM and TEM are embedded in resin and may be sectioned and stained. Serial block-face SEM processing can be done at the UIC, with data collection performed at the Mayo Clinic.