March Madness at Hooke College of Applied Sciences

Hooke College of Applied Sciences, a member of The McCrone Group, completed another successful course in Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Ten students from academia, and the health care, pharmaceutical, government, food, and manufacturing industries, learned the inner workings of SEM instrumentation as well as elemental analysis using energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS). The students received classroom instruction and used this knowledge during hours of hands-on operation of SEM/EDS instruments for electron imaging and elemental microanalysis.

The students examined samples such as organic and inorganic powders, paint layers and metals. They also analyzed basketballs—appropriate during March! Did you know there is a microscopic structure manufactured into all synthetic basketballs that enables them to act similarly to their leather counterparts? The images attached were captured using one of McCrone Associates’ electron microscopes, and illustrate the imperceptibly complex structure on the surface of a basketball.

Upper Left: Samples used for students. Upper right: Electron image of a basketball surface. Lower Left and Right: Electron images of a basketball cross-section, near the surface.

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