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Laboratory for In-situ Microscopy and Analysis

LIMA is a unique facility comprising state of the art characterisation equipment allowing simultaneous investigation of the structure-property-composition relationship in materials systems at different length scales. Since LIMA was established back in 2012 by Dr Kalin Dragnevski, the Facility has significantly expanded and now spans across four Labs which include an Advanced Microscopy Suite, complemented by a fully equipped Specimen Preparation Area, the Thermomechanical Lab (TML) and our recently introduced Mechanical Testing Service.


The instruments are available to all researchers throughout the University and any external users that would benefit from the use of our facility and expertise.

For more information, access and potential collaborative research please contact the Facility Manager (

Laboratory for in-situ Microscopy & Analysis
Department of Engineering Science
University of Oxford, Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3PJ, UK
T +44 (0) 1865 2 83645
F +44 (0) 1865 2 73906