Montly Microscopy Meeting

antimicrobial coating

The next meeting is at 9:00AM Thursday the 1st March in the seminar room of the Benham (Zoology) building.

Antimicrobial Coatings on Hospital Touch Surfaces: How would you tell if it works?
Dr. Aleksandra Gardecka, University of Canterbury

Nosocomial infections are a serious problem. There is a huge amount of interest in antimicrobial materials that could be used for coatings in health care facilities. The concept is that the door handles, bed rails, switch plates and other touch surface could be coated with antimicrobial materials and thus reduce the transmission probability. In the Advanced Energy and Material Systems lab in Canterbury we develop robust coatings for stainless steel touch surfaces exhibiting excellent antimicrobial properties both in UV and visible light, substantially reducing amount of present bacteria therefore contributing in prevention of nosocomial infections.

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AsCA 2018/CRYSTAL 32 2-5th December 2018

AsCA 2018/CRYSTAL 32 is a combined conference of the Asian Crystallographic Association (AsCA) and the Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ) being held in Auckland on the 2nd-5th December 2018. Dr. Mihnea Bostina (Academic Director of OCEM) will be presenting a seminar 'Cryo-electron microscopy and electron diffraction'.


The 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19) will be held 9-14 September 2018 in Sydney. Held every four years, and for the first time in Australian in many decades, this is a special AMMS (Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Society), held under the auspices of IFSM. The congress will attract over 3,000 scientists working within and outside the microscopy sector. There will be a large interactive trade exhibition where leading suppliers are set to launch ground-breaking new instruments.

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EM Student Award Applications Close 1st April 2018

Undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled at the University of Otago are welcome to apply for the Electron Microscopy Student Research Award. The award provides 15 hours of electron microscopy time and aims to advance the initiation of new research projects that utilise electron microscopy. The deadline for applications is the 1st of April 2018. For more details visit the EM Student Award Webpage.

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2018 Calendar Now Available

The 2018 OCEM Calendar is available to download and print (each month is an A4 page).

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2018 OCEM Calendar

Thank you to everyone who submitted images - we love receiving them! If you have an interesting or beautiful image featuring electron microscopy that you would like to share then send a good quality (tif) image and description to using Otago's file drop system. If you do not have access to the file drop system we also accept entries via email.

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