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June 2019


Guest Blog: Seeing Is Believing – How Benchtop SEMs Are Changing the Imaging Landscape

Above image credit: Pixabay Imaging techniques have been instrumental in giving insights into the world beyond the naked eye. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which produces images of a sample by scanning the surface with a focused beam of electrons, is one such technique. Traditional SEM instruments have provided us with unprecedented details of every surface you can think of, from whole insects to crystals and bacteria, but can be complex to use, requiring specialist knowledge, ...

January 2018

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Science and Art Combine for Winning SEM Images

Title: Nano Nemo on the Water Subject: Nano-sized layers of Ti2C particles representing the imaginary Nemo character in Pixar's "Finding Nemo" animation. Ti2C synthesized by selective etching and is a promising electrode material for energy storage devices Credit: Armin VahidMohammadi, Auburn University Method/Instrument: JEOL JSM-7000F. The first thing one notices about the images that Armin Vahid Mohammadi has created is that they are visually striking. Details and shapes emerge from the background, bearing a strong resemblance to animation ...