Plymouth Materials Characterisation Network

Plymouth Materials Characterisation Network (PMCN)

PMCN aims to build a self-sustaining network of researchers, technicians, industry experts, and academics who are familiar with and benefit from the use of electron microscopy. PMCN will bring people together to encourage collaboration, knowledge exchange, and product development via mutual engagement, mentoring schemes, and training or placements.
Companies wishing to utilise electron microscopy can now access all of the available equipment and techniques here at PEMC, as well as benefiting from our technical expertise across a range of disciplines. Companies can continue to sign up to take part in this fantastic initiative until 31 March 2023.

Is my business eligible?

General eligibility criteria for free support are a micro, small, or medium enterprise registered in Devon of less than 250 employees and an annual turnover below €50 (approximately £42M). The company cannot be more than 25% owned by a non-eligible company.  
To check your eligibility, please contact our project manager Jayne Stanyer directly.

My business is not an SME – what can I do instead?

If your business doesn't fit the initial criteria but you would like to access our facilities, please get in touch with us at There are other routes for heavily discounted support or collaboration available to you, and our team would be more than happy to discuss these options with you.
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Working with industry

Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre has been working with companies and industry for over 30 years, catering to a wide variety of fields and sectors. We provide a bespoke analysis service with innovative and creative solutions, and have strong links to the rest of the university for further analysis. Utilising electron microscopy has helped businesses to develop new products, to identify product faults, to understand their products better in comparison to their competitors, and more.
Find more information on how PEMC works with industry – including a range of case studies.
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