Sample Preparation and Manipulation for Microanalysis (1501E)
“Provides a clear outline for sample identification.” — Bob W.
COURSE OUTLINE & SYLLABUS
The course will consist of demonstrations plus hands-on training in a variety of techniques of small particle handling. Most of what is required to complete the course successfully will be presented in the lectures and course manual. Students are welcome to bring problems and samples for discussion, practice and analysis.
There is no prerequisite for this course
• Setup of stereomicroscope and work area
• Introduction to tungsten needles, parking slides, and glass blocks
• Micropipettes and their uses
• Making tungsten needles, parking slides, glass blocks, and micropipettes
• Combining the use of tungsten needles and micropipettes
• Introduction to polarized light microscopy (PLM): Basic microscope setup, observations with the PLM
• Making and using minicoverslips for PLM preparation
• Solvent extractions
• Basic FT-IR preparation
• Advanced FT-IR preparation
• Making tools for FT-IR preparation
• Cutting and sectioning samples
• Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) preparation
• Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) preparation
• Course review
Note: This course runs Monday – Friday with class ending at noon on Friday.