Remote SEM Access


Add an exciting new element of learning in your classroom! Use our scanning electron microscope (SEM) remotely to solve a mystery or to learn about size and scale!

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  • Computer with administrator access to install plug-ins and software
  • High speed internet connection
  • Speakers
  • Microphone
  • Projector connected to the same computer (for multiple viewers)
  • Web browser: Mozilla Firefox preferred
  • Voice Over Internet Protocol software with username and password, such as Skype.

**If you are missing any of these requirements, your remote experience will not be optimal and we may not be able to fulfill your request for the remote session.



What Could I Do With This?

Click here to view and download some remote access labs that you can utilize during a remote access session.


Getting Ready:

  • Complete the online Remote Access Request Form. This will give you the opportunity to request a remote test session, a remote lab session, instruments, and topics of interest, as well as provide your remote lab instructor with important information about your class interests, knowledge, etc.
  • Remote Test Session: This is used to check audio, video, and Internet connections, etc. Takes about 20 minutes.
  • Remote Lab Session: This is the actual remote access to the lab equipment. Can range from 15 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Choose in-house samples, or, send your own (do NOT send nanoparticles) to:

ATTN: NNIN Education Programs Coordinator, Remote SEM sample
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9560

Image: Aphid claw using Scanning Electron


Running a Remote:

In order to enhance your remote experience, watch this tutorial and then follow the instructions below:

(1) Sign into Skype and wait for call from our lab technician.

(2) Go to

(3) Login using an email and password that will be provided to you.

(4) Click on the remote control button next to the instrument you wish to use (NNINSEM)

(5) Update and install plug-in if necessary.

(6) Check box to "open in new window" and select "remote control."

(7) Login with Windows password that will be provided.

(8) Take remote control.

(9) You are now remotely viewing and controlling a computer and SEM in our clean room located at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Wait! We need your feedback:

Teachers: please complete this short survey to provide feedback and make the next experience even better.

Technical and educational staff services are possible through the generosity of the National Science Foundation through support via the NNIN.