Update: January

Posted: June 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

After starting 2014 by moving house, January saw me travel to the Netherlands to work with world renowned microscopists Nico Sommerdijk and Paul Bomans at the Technical University of Eindhoven. The aim was to get some decent transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images of assemblies formed by hydrophobic amphiphiles containing C60 (more on the results of this soon). For the assemblies formed in solvents, in order to preserve the relatively loose assembly structures cryo-TEM was used. In this case, the sample is quickly frozen in liquid nitrogen, then imaged in the frozen state. Despite being tricky, primarily due to the difficulty of sample preparation using organic solvents, the experiments were a success! For those who are interested in top-class equipment, see the photos below of both the Titan microscope (complete with a cryogenic sample changer!) used for imaging and the Vitrobot used for the freezing process. Thanks to both Nico and Paul for their expertise, for hosting me for the full week, and for taking me some fantastic images.



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