About Us

Founded in 1956 and located in Westmont, Illinois, The McCrone Group, Inc. is internationally recognized as a world leader in microscopy, microanalysis, materials characterization, and the solving of tough materials problems. Today, The McCrone Group, Inc. is regarded as "The Premier Microscopy Resource" and combines the talents and skills of its staff in the areas of materials analysis, instrument sales, and education.

The McCrone Group includes McCrone Associates, Inc.; McCrone Microscopes & Accessories, LLC; Hooke College of Applied Sciences, LLC; the McCrone Atlas of Microscopic Particles; and ModernMicroscopy.com.

McCrone Associates, Inc. is focused on solving the most difficult materials and particle identification problems along with the day-to-day analysis needs of clinical laboratories, scientific researchers, business organizations, and government agencies worldwide. McCrone Associates’ scientists consult direct with clients, and use the most advanced microscopy techniques and instrumentation to solve their problems.

McCrone Microscopes & Accessories, LLC is the authorized national dealer for Olympus polarized light microscopes, Linkam heating/cooling stages, the JEOL NeoScope benchtop SEM, HiROX Digital Microscope Systems, digital imaging systems, and a variety of laboratory supplies. The technical sales representatives at McCrone Microscopes are trusted advisors to microscopists worldwide.

Hooke College of Applied Sciences, LLC (formerly the College of Microscopy) provides education and training to scientists worldwide. In addition to undergraduate programs offered in collaboration with both North Central College and Concordia University Chicago, Hooke College of Applied Sciences has more than 40 specialized short-courses in materials analysis. Topics covered include light and electron microscopy, spectroscopy, sample preparation, chemistry and laboratory safety, and image analysis.

The online McCrone Atlas of Microscopic Particles is a free, online particle reference for scientists, microscopists, and criminalists engaged in materials characterization and particle identification. ModernMicroscopy.com is a free, online peer-reviewed journal with articles, scientific tips, and tutorials contributed by scientists from around the world.