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May 27, 2020

Loading samples into a scanning electron microscope

University of Pennsylvania graduate student Wei-Shao Wei loads a sample into a scanning electron microscope at the Singh Center for Nanotechnology. SEM images, which provide information about a material’s surface topography and composition, were used to study the unusual shapes formed by droplets of chain-like liquid crystal molecules.

[Research supported by National Science Foundation grants DMR 1607378 and DMR 1720530.]

Learn more in the University of Pennsylvania news story Drops of liquid crystal molecules branch out into strange structures. (Date image taken: Dec. 18, 2019; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: May 27, 2020)

Credit: Scott Spitzer/Penn Communications

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