Meteorites, pollinators, coastal engineering and sustainable fashion may on the face of it seem as though they have little in common.
However, what ties them together is they are all benefitting from a state-of-the-art and recently expanded facility at the University of Plymouth.
It has expanded into new premises at the heart of the city centre campus and populated it with the latest cutting edge technology, doubling the number of microscopes from four to eight.
The new technology enables particles to be viewed at greater than one million times their actual size, meaning technicians can examine items not visible to the human eye in great detail. And the microscopes are already being used by researchers and businesses across sectors ranging from geology and mining to manufacturing and food.
Staff at the centre have also worked to engage more people in the possibilities presented by electron microscopy, including taking its new desktop microscope to events such as the Devon Business Show.
The work has been supported by a grant of around £1million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the third time PEMC has been awarded ERDF funding.