Topic: research-productivity

Buying a scanning electron microscope: how to select the right SEM

By Karl Kersten - Aug 2, 2018

You want to buy a new scanning electron microscope (SEM) because you know you need more SEM capability. Maybe you have a traditional floor model SEM, but it is slow and complicated to operate. Maybe you are using an outside service and the turn-around time is unacceptably long.

You’ve made your case that your company could significantly improve their business performance and you could do your job better if SEM imaging and analysis were easier, faster and more accessible. Can a desktop SEM do what you need? This article provides the answers and helps you to select the right SEM.

You want to buy a new scanning electron microscope (SEM) because you know you need more SEM capability. Maybe you have a traditional floor model SEM, but it is slow and complicated to operate. Maybe you are using an outside service and the turn-around time is unacceptably long.

You’ve made your case that your company could significantly improve their business performance and you could do your job better if SEM imaging and analysis were easier, faster and more accessible. Can a desktop SEM do what you need? This article provides the answers and helps you to select the right SEM.

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Battery research with a SEM: inspecting one layer at a time

By Luigi Raspolini - May 31, 2018

Batteries revolutionized the world of electronics by enabling us to carry an energy reserve in our pockets. Miniaturization and efficiency are the two key words when it comes to new developments in this field, impacting with the battery materials’ properties and stretching their limits. Let’s take a look at how researchers characterize materials and gather relevant information about batteries using scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

Batteries revolutionized the world of electronics by enabling us to carry an energy reserve in our pockets. Miniaturization and efficiency are the two key words when it comes to new developments in this field, impacting with the battery materials’ properties and stretching their limits. Let’s take a look at how researchers characterize materials and gather relevant information about batteries using scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

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What is depth of field and how can I optimize it in a scanning electron microscope?

By Luigi Raspolini - May 3, 2018

Imaging with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) consists of taking pictures of small features. So why not consider a comparison with photography? Let’s analyze how similar the behaviors of a SEM and a camera are when it comes to focusing on your subject, and what the exact definition of depth of field is.

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Imaging with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) consists of taking pictures of small features. So why not consider a comparison with photography? Let’s analyze how similar the behaviors of a SEM and a camera are when it comes to focusing on your subject, and what the exact definition of depth of field is.

Tip: Get a free demo of our Desktop SEM and discover it's capabilities for your research
Request your personal demo

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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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Expert sample preparation techniques for SEM

By Luigi Raspolini - Aug 17, 2017

When using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) for the first time, you might have doubts about what can be imaged. You might also struggle to get the image quality you were expecting. Luckily, you can easily improve your results by following the simple yet powerful sample preparation techniques for SEM in this blog. Read on! 

When using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) for the first time, you might have doubts about what can be imaged. You might also struggle to get the image quality you were expecting. Luckily, you can easily improve your results by following the simple yet powerful sample preparation techniques for SEM in this blog. Read on! 

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The power and potential of a programmable interface for desktop SEMs

By Ruud Bernsen - Jul 20, 2017

In previous blogs, I have written about automating large applications. But automation can also make the smaller tasks  quicker and easier for an operator. Behind every button on the menu, there is a command that is activated in code. The Phenom Programming Interface (PPI) gives you access to those commands, enabling you to write your own scripts. In this blog, I will cover a few simple examples of what you can do with PPI.

In previous blogs, I have written about automating large applications. But automation can also make the smaller tasks  quicker and easier for an operator. Behind every button on the menu, there is a command that is activated in code. The Phenom Programming Interface (PPI) gives you access to those commands, enabling you to write your own scripts. In this blog, I will cover a few simple examples of what you can do with PPI.

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Why the plastics industry relies heavily on microscopy analysis

By Luigi Raspolini - May 26, 2017

Ever since oil became fundamental to industry, scientists and engineers from all around the world have carried out more and more research into how different organic molecules can be combined in certain patterns to obtain new materials with amazing properties. Commonly called plastics, they are known to the scientific community as polymers — chemical compounds with a highly-engineered chemical structure and composition. The analysis of these compounds is crucial in helping to improve polymer production processes. This article discusses how electron microscopy can provide the analysis that polymer developers need to improve product quality significantly.

Ever since oil became fundamental to industry, scientists and engineers from all around the world have carried out more and more research into how different organic molecules can be combined in certain patterns to obtain new materials with amazing properties. Commonly called plastics, they are known to the scientific community as polymers — chemical compounds with a highly-engineered chemical structure and composition. The analysis of these compounds is crucial in helping to improve polymer production processes. This article discusses how electron microscopy can provide the analysis that polymer developers need to improve product quality significantly.

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Is a desktop SEM the best choice for my application?

By Karl Kersten - Feb 9, 2017

You know you need more SEM capability. Maybe you have a traditional floor model SEM, but it is slow and complicated to operate. Maybe you are using an outside service and the turn-around time is unacceptably long. You’ve made your case that your company could significantly improve their business performance and you could do your job better if SEM imaging and analysis were easier, faster and more accessible. Can a desktop SEM do what you need?

You know you need more SEM capability. Maybe you have a traditional floor model SEM, but it is slow and complicated to operate. Maybe you are using an outside service and the turn-around time is unacceptably long. You’ve made your case that your company could significantly improve their business performance and you could do your job better if SEM imaging and analysis were easier, faster and more accessible. Can a desktop SEM do what you need?

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How this engineering company supercharged their R&D process

By Karl Kersten - Dec 9, 2016

As device dimensions are shrinking, researchers are required to work on nanoscale levels. As a result, new technology is needed to create and evaluate structures. Luckily in turn, the physical size of this technology is getting smaller too.

As device dimensions are shrinking, researchers are required to work on nanoscale levels. As a result, new technology is needed to create and evaluate structures. Luckily in turn, the physical size of this technology is getting smaller too.

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