eTraining Introduction

Specimen Preparation

Leica Ultracut UCT

Histology

JEOL JSM-6400 SEM

Hitachi S-4700 FE-SEM

Hitachi FB-2000A FIB

Microanalysis

Veeco Dim 3000 AFM

Fluorescence Microscopes

Support

Preparation

Choosing the Preparation Method

Mounting your specimen requires more thought than sometimes expected. A suitable preparation depends on many factors, such as:

Here, we will try to help you find the right steps to get you started.

Before you begin ask yourself these questions.

The answer to these questions will guide the next steps you take. Below we have divided the common preparation techniques into groups based on the outcome you desire.

Preparing Polished Specimens

Metallurgical
Rocks and Minerals
Thin Sections

Preparing Unpolished Specimens

Powders
Odd Shapes - Fractures
Films - Electronic Materials and Carbon Nanotubes

See also Leica Ultracut UCT for ultra thin sections of specimens embedded in epoxy.

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