Winner of 2017 competition
Nikon Small world competition
Entries are open for the 2018 Nikon small world competition. Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope
Cryo Electron Microscopy scoops Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson, win the 2017 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
RISE Microscopy has arrived!
RISE Microscopy is a novel correlative microscopy technique that combines SEM and confocal Raman Imaging. Through RISE Microscopy ultra-structural surface properties can be linked to molecular compound information.
Arrival of our new TESCAN RISE SEM.
Our new TESCAN Mira RISE SEM is installed and ready to use.
Online Equipment Reservations
You must be registered with the Centre for Imaging and Analysis before you can make instrument bookings. To register, please contact Miranda or Mohamed.

The Aaron Klug Centre for Imaging and Analysis

The Electron Microscope Unit (EMU), provides a central microscopy service to all departments of the University of Cape Town, as well as to other universities, research institutions and private companies. Staff at the Unit are able to advise users on many aspects of electron microscopy, light microscopy and digital imaging and can take on joint research. The Unit offers a versatile, high quality range of instruments and techniques serving the needs of Engineering (Material and Chemical), Biological Science, Physical Science, Geoscience, Agricultural Science, Biotechnology and Medical Sciences.

The Unit is located on the first level (room 1.01) of the New Engineering Building on Madiba Circle on the Upper Campus, in premises that were purpose-built to house the electron microscopes and consisted of 660m2, vibration free, magnetic field compensated, temperature– and humidity–controlled space.

The Centre for Imaging and Analysis is a key resource in the South African Structural Biology Initiative which is offering post-graduate degrees in Structural Biology jointly with others at UCT and the University of the Western Cape.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Innocent Shuro
Dr Innocent Shuro has left us
Dr Innocent Shuro leaves the EM Unit.
Publication Date:
Friday, January 19, 2018 - 15:45
Arrival of our new TESCAN RISE SEM.
Our New Tescan RISE SEM has arrived!


Publication Date:
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 16:00
Artists Impression
UCT's Centre for Imaging and Analysis (UCT CIA)

The University of Cape Town has a world-class visualization and analysis centre built largely around electron microscopy to serve the needs of all disciplines. The centre offers a large and versatile range of instruments and techniques serving the needs of Engineering, Biological, Earth and Physical Sciences and Medicine.

Publication Date:
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 09:15