Engineering Microscopy at Natural History Museum, London

26 November 2016

Twelve Scholars recently underwent exclusive tutoring in the art of light microscopy for engineering purposes at an event hosted within the research facilities at the Natural History Museum, London.

During the half-day workshop,  Scholars learned the principles of light microscopy, set up their compound and stereo microscopes, viewed and analysed a variety of specimens, and got the chance to make their own dry mount specimens to take home.

HoneycombA highlight of the afternoon was a detailed analysis of carbon-fibre and glass-fibre composites used in high-performance yacht and racing car design, and peel tests of honeycomb structures used in automotive crumple zones.

One of the Scholars commented "I enjoyed learning from people who were passionate about microscopy in both industry and research. The volume and quality of information we received was remarkable."

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Arkwright is hugely grateful to the six volunteers from the Quekett Microscopical Club (the world's second oldest club for microscopy enthusiasts) for all their efforts. Special thanks go to club member Pam Hamer who developd the workshop's content and led the delivery on the day.

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We also thank our friends at the company Cytec Solvay in Derbyshire for providing the engineering samples and their supporting documentation.  

A full report of the workshop can be seen on the Quekett Microscopical Club website.