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Upcoming Dates

September 25, 2018 to September 27, 2018

Credits: 2 | Pricing: $1895 | Instructor: Heidi M. Talesky
8AM - 5PM
8AM - 5PM
8AM - 5PM

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Course Details

Course Outline
  1. Introduction and overview of characterizing and preparing of micrometer particles
  2. Instruction and practice in microtool fabrication
  3. Instruction and practice in using fabricated micro tools
  4. Instruction and practice in preparing samples for polarized light microscopy, FTIR, and SEM
  5. Methods for isolation and contamination from liquids, solids, and surfaces
What You Will Learn
  • Upon completion of this course the student will be able to isolate, mount and handle 1-100 µm sized particles from liquids, solids and surfaces for future analysis by PLM, IR, Raman, SEM and TEM, successfully.
  • Given a stereomicroscope and microtools, the student will be able to operate and use them effectively in sample preparation.
  • Provided with techniques helpful to the operation and use of microscopical instrumentation and microtools, the student will perform isolation, mounting and handling of micro particles precisely.
  • Instructed in microtool fabrication the student will learn how to produce tools correctly to aid in the isolation, mounting and handling of micro particles.
  • Equipped with instruments, microtools and techniques the student will successfully isolate particles from liquids, semi-soft solids and surfaces.
Who Should Enroll
  • This course is directed towards students who would like to learn the precise methods of particle isolation, mounting and manipulation.
  • Professionals that must prepare, isolate, mount or manipulate particles for a wide-range of analysis techniques will benefit from attending this class.
Student Learning Resources
  • Detailed course manual
  • Olympus SZX10 stereomicroscope for each student
  • Olympus BX51 polarized light microscope

The instrumentation, materials, and supplies necessary for successful completion of classroom portion of this course will be provided by the Hooke College of Applied Sciences.

Suggested Prerequisites
  • Undergraduate science background and analytical chemistry
  • Students should be familiar with polarized light microscopy and stereomicroscopy, and micrometry as applied to microscopic specimens
Satisfactory Completion Requirements

Students are expected to successfully complete a variety of tasks in the form of hands-on exercises, laboratory exercises, identifications of unknowns, and quizzes. Students are notified at the end of the course whether or not they have successfully completed the requirements of the course based on:

  • 100% attendance
  • class participation
  • completion of all course material
  • completed and signed student evaluation form

Upon successfully meeting these requirements, a student is awarded a certificate of completion and CEU credits, if available. Those who have not successfully passed the course requirements do not receive a certificate or CEU credits.

Industrial Microscopy Specialization

This course is part of the Industrial Microscopy Specialization program.

The program consists of attending four standard Hooke College of Applied Sciences (HCAS) courses with hands-on instruction and a 40 hour practicum study characterizing unknown samples.

  1. Polarized Light Microscopy
  2. Introduction to Scanning Electron Microscopy
  3. Sample Preparation: Particle Isolation and Handling Techniques
  4. FTIR Training

After finishing the four courses, students complete a Capstone Project, which is a project that requires students to characterize and identify samples by integrating all of the skills learned during the four courses taken for the program. Those students who successfully complete the four courses and associated practicums, and a Capstone Project, earn an Industrial Microscopy Specialization

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