NPL Cryo Tem Lab

Project Details

Client: National Physical Laboratories

Architect: BMJ Architects

M&E Consultants: Cain Consulting

Value: £1.7 million

Date: August 2020

Cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) is an electron microscopy (TEM) technique applied on samples cooled to cryogenic temperatures and embedded in an environment of vitreous water. An aqueous sample solution is applied to a grid-mesh and plunge-frozen in liquid ethane or a mixture of liquid ethane and propane. This project saw us refurbish and alter a redundant accoustic chamber to provide a new high quality Cryo Tem Microscope Laboratory. This included extensive gas supplies and ventilation installations. All works were completed, snag free, on time and budget.