A microscope is an instrument used to see objects that are too small for the naked eye. The science of investigating small objects using such an instrument is called microscopy. Microscopic means invisible to the eye unless aided by a microscope.

There are many types of microscopes. The most common (and the first to be invented) is the optical microscope, which uses light to image the sample. Other major types of microscopes are the electron microscope (both the transmission electron microscope and the scanning electron microscope), the ultramicroscope, and the various types of scanning probe microscope.

  • Micromotors to open new horizons

    Electron microscope image of nanoscale Janus particles, which the Freigeist-group is going to test regarding their capacity as photocatalytic nanomotors. Juliane Simmchen

    Dr. Juliane Simmchen is going to explore new paths in chemistry. Being awarded a “Freigeist” Fellowship by the Volkswagen Foundation over 844.000 Euro for the next five years, Dr. Simmchen will establish her own junior research team at the Chair of Physical Chemistry (Prof. Alexander Eychmüller) at TU Dresden.