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October 2017

Image Contest Spotlight: Cian McKeown, University of Limerick Image Contest Spotlight: Cian McKeown, University of Limerick
Cian has submitted 3 images that are all relevant to platinum nanostructures. We thought that the patterns that they form were interesting, so we asked the PhD candidate about his work with platinum. "I grow platinum nanostructures using a technique called electroless deposition. This is where no external power supply is used to grow the metal, rather metal ions are chemically reduced from a liquid deposition bath. When the growth is well controlled we produce ...
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August 2016

Imaging a Spider Web with the SEM Imaging a Spider Web with the SEM
The challenge was to image the spider’s web without causing any induced stress or deformation of the structure as collected. The web was collected between two glass plates to protect the structure. The top glass plate was removed and the sample was transferred to an SEM holder that was configured as in the Photos. Top reference holder with cap removed. Top reference holder with carbon tape on the cap and with cap reinserted. Top reference holder with ...
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