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How SEM helps research polymers characteristics, properties, and uses

By Luigi Raspolini - Apr 19, 2018

Polymers have many uses and applications: engineered combinations of monomers produce a nearly infinite number of molecules with different properties, which are determined by the chemical composition and structure of the molecule. The form of the molecule has a big influence on how the polymer will behave when exposed to different external forces. In this blog, you’ll find practical examples of how Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEMs) can provide unexpected results.

Polymers have many uses and applications: engineered combinations of monomers produce a nearly infinite number of molecules with different properties, which are determined by the chemical composition and structure of the molecule. The form of the molecule has a big influence on how the polymer will behave when exposed to different external forces. In this blog, you’ll find practical examples of how Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEMs) can provide unexpected results.

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How to create custom software solutions for the Phenom desktop SEM

By Wouter Arts - Apr 12, 2018

In many cases, the Phenom SEM is used in industrial and academical applications that require repetitive work, such as acquiring a set of images at pre-set locations. In other cases, it is necessary to scan the entire surface of a sample to find a single particle and record its location and dimensions. This kind of workflow can be automated to increase not only throughput but also efficiency and accuracy. Furthermore, because automated scripts always follow the exact same procedure, the results become more repeatable, and the subjective human interpretation is removed.

In this, and many other cases, the Phenom Programming Interface (PPI) can be used to automate this work. In this blog we explain what PPI is and how it can be used to integrate the Phenom SEM into your workflow.

 

In many cases, the Phenom SEM is used in industrial and academical applications that require repetitive work, such as acquiring a set of images at pre-set locations. In other cases, it is necessary to scan the entire surface of a sample to find a single particle and record its location and dimensions. This kind of workflow can be automated to increase not only throughput but also efficiency and accuracy. Furthermore, because automated scripts always follow the exact same procedure, the results become more repeatable, and the subjective human interpretation is removed.

In this, and many other cases, the Phenom Programming Interface (PPI) can be used to automate this work. In this blog we explain what PPI is and how it can be used to integrate the Phenom SEM into your workflow.

 

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How a desktop SEM saves lab operators a lot of time

By Karl Kersten - Apr 6, 2018

Is it true that as a lab operator, you work under constant time pressure? Do you find it challenging to deliver output quickly? And does it take hard work to maintain your high standard of quality? This blogs explains how a desktop scanning electron microscope (SEM) can be used to increase your research productivity and therefore to save a lot of time.

Is it true that as a lab operator, you work under constant time pressure? Do you find it challenging to deliver output quickly? And does it take hard work to maintain your high standard of quality? This blogs explains how a desktop scanning electron microscope (SEM) can be used to increase your research productivity and therefore to save a lot of time.

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How scanning electron microscopy is used for cosmetics research and development

By Dr. Jasmin Zahn - Mar 29, 2018

Since ancient Egyptian times, cosmetic products have been used to enhance the human appearance. Research around cosmetics therefore deals not only with the development of new substances and the analysis and enhancement of existing ones, but also with the interaction of components with tissue. In this short blog, we introduce you to three examples that show the link between research within the cosmetic industry and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

 

Since ancient Egyptian times, cosmetic products have been used to enhance the human appearance. Research around cosmetics therefore deals not only with the development of new substances and the analysis and enhancement of existing ones, but also with the interaction of components with tissue. In this short blog, we introduce you to three examples that show the link between research within the cosmetic industry and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

 

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What is additive manufacturing technology? How does the process work?

By Antonis Nanakoudis - Mar 22, 2018

Additive manufacturing is a relatively new manufacturing approach that has attracted the attention of many people and industries around the world due to its unlimited and promising potential. In this blog we will describe what Additive Manufacturing (AM) is and how it works and in a follow-up blog we will explain how SEM analysis can assist in improving the quality of the AM processes.

Additive manufacturing is a relatively new manufacturing approach that has attracted the attention of many people and industries around the world due to its unlimited and promising potential. In this blog we will describe what Additive Manufacturing (AM) is and how it works and in a follow-up blog we will explain how SEM analysis can assist in improving the quality of the AM processes.

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How SEM helps perform automated quality control on phosphate coatings

By Marijke Scotuzzi - Mar 16, 2018

We are surrounded by products that, for either decorative or functional purposes, are covered with coatings; from paintings and lacquers, to adhesive or protective coatings, optical, catalytic or insulating coatings. Of all these coatings, conversion phosphate coatings play an important role, especially in the automotive industry: they are used for corrosion resistance and lubricity. Since these coatings are used for critical parts, the coating process must undergo thorough quality checks. These checks consist of the analysis of the morphology of the coating as well as the percentage of coverage. In this blog, we describe and analyze how automated tools combined with SEMs can be helpful in quality checking phosphate coatings.

We are surrounded by products that, for either decorative or functional purposes, are covered with coatings; from paintings and lacquers, to adhesive or protective coatings, optical, catalytic or insulating coatings. Of all these coatings, conversion phosphate coatings play an important role, especially in the automotive industry: they are used for corrosion resistance and lubricity. Since these coatings are used for critical parts, the coating process must undergo thorough quality checks. These checks consist of the analysis of the morphology of the coating as well as the percentage of coverage. In this blog, we describe and analyze how automated tools combined with SEMs can be helpful in quality checking phosphate coatings.

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How scanning electron microscopy fuels biomedical research

By Dr. Jasmin Zahn - Mar 15, 2018

Biomedical research is a wide field. It describes an area of science devoted to the study of the processes of life, the prevention and treatment of diseases, and the genetic and environmental factors related to diseases and health. And since the field is so diverse, its range of investigation equipment is too. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is one of those types of equipment, and is used to describe tissue or organ structures to gain insights into possible alterations and diseases. To show the variety of topics explored with a SEM — demonstrating its power and vast range of applications — this blog will introduce you to three scientific studies.

 

Biomedical research is a wide field. It describes an area of science devoted to the study of the processes of life, the prevention and treatment of diseases, and the genetic and environmental factors related to diseases and health. And since the field is so diverse, its range of investigation equipment is too. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is one of those types of equipment, and is used to describe tissue or organ structures to gain insights into possible alterations and diseases. To show the variety of topics explored with a SEM — demonstrating its power and vast range of applications — this blog will introduce you to three scientific studies.

 

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SEM analysis of PVDF-HFP nanofibers for the fabrication of energy harvesters

By Marijke Scotuzzi - Mar 8, 2018

Nowadays, energy harvesting is seeing an increasing interest from the research community, a fact that is confirmed by the rising number of publications. Energy harvesting has a wide range of applications, ranging from portable electronics, such as wristbands, to implanted medical devices like pacemakers. In this field, researchers are focusing their attention on the development of new energy harvesters that satisfy strict requirements: they need to be light and small, but also cheap and highly portable. In this blog, we discuss the fabrication of energy harvesters made from PVDF-HFP nanofibers on PDMS and SF substrates. We investigate how these energy harvesters are characterized and what the role of SEM is in this study.

Nowadays, energy harvesting is seeing an increasing interest from the research community, a fact that is confirmed by the rising number of publications. Energy harvesting has a wide range of applications, ranging from portable electronics, such as wristbands, to implanted medical devices like pacemakers. In this field, researchers are focusing their attention on the development of new energy harvesters that satisfy strict requirements: they need to be light and small, but also cheap and highly portable. In this blog, we discuss the fabrication of energy harvesters made from PVDF-HFP nanofibers on PDMS and SF substrates. We investigate how these energy harvesters are characterized and what the role of SEM is in this study.

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Scanning electron microscopy and pharmaceutical research topics

By Dr. Jasmin Zahn - Mar 1, 2018

Pharmaceutical research and questions linked to drug development and applications is a very diverse topic. Also the instrumentation involved in research and development is just as diverse. In this blog we will focus on the use of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in three different research topics.

Pharmaceutical research and questions linked to drug development and applications is a very diverse topic. Also the instrumentation involved in research and development is just as diverse. In this blog we will focus on the use of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in three different research topics.

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SEM and fiber analysis for filtration systems quality control

By Luigi Raspolini - Feb 16, 2018

The production of filters and membranes undergoes several quality control steps to ensure that the properties of the product are up to specification. Different tools can be used for such analysis, but only one can provide the best results. Find out in this blog how Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM) can be used to investigate imperfections in metallic filters.

The production of filters and membranes undergoes several quality control steps to ensure that the properties of the product are up to specification. Different tools can be used for such analysis, but only one can provide the best results. Find out in this blog how Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM) can be used to investigate imperfections in metallic filters.

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