Face mask cross section
Face Mask Filter viewed with Scanning Electron Microscopy, in planar view and in cross-sectional views. Jaap Nijsse. www.consistence.nl

Face mask cross section

In an earlier post we visualised a planar view of a face mask filter at increasing magnification, showing a heterogeneous network of fibres. It is not trivial to obtain high resolution cross sections through fabric: sub-micron (less than 1/1000 millimetre) details cannot be obtained with light microscopy or x-ray imaging, while sections of embedded material lack the third dimension. Embedding…

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Making hollow wax fibrils…….
Hollow wax fibres made by hydrangea scale insects.

Making hollow wax fibrils…….

To make these hollow, hexagonal fibres would be a good challenge for nano engineers, please react! Good for them to know that the cottony hydrangea scale insects (hortensia woldopluis in dutch) already have the method in perfection. These tough, hollow fibrils protect the young scale insects from being eaten by other bugs. Magnify your own product at Consistence.

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Seed germination
Time lapse imaging of germination of garden cress seed (Lepidium sativum).

Seed germination

Yes, good to share that material research at Consistence is the seed to your business success, but this outburst of life, from dry seeds taken out of an aluminium sachet, makes me humbled after all...... Thanks Paul for imaging garden cress (Lepidium sativum) seed germination in our lab.

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IKEA pencil
In 4 steps to 50k magnification

IKEA pencil

IKEA pencil magnified 50k times in four steps. High magnifications of materials and products seem disconnected from the real world. But here I would like to prove that only 4 steps are needed to magnify the graphene platelets in a pencil at a magnification of 50,000x (fifty thousand times) in just four steps, where each further zoomed image still can…

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Grapevine gall mite in situ
Cryo-SEM image of Grapevine gall mite (Colomerus vitis).

Grapevine gall mite in situ

Owners of grapevines would recognise the protrusions on the imaged leaf as blisters created by the gall mite. The mites live underneath the leaves, where they have induced outgrowths of grape leave skin cells, creating a fine curly home for themselves ;). But who has ever seen the gall mite? Not so easy‚Ķ.. First, their size is about 0.1mm, which…

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Worn Jeans
Confocal Microscopy image of worn jeans textile.

Worn Jeans

CSLM autofluorescence image of magnified worn jeans This is a confocal microscopy 3D image of denim, as an example of the amazing effect of rather low magifications of daily stuff. The image shows woven threads that are composed of individual cotton fibres. The here imaged jeans have been worn as can be concluded from the many loose cotton fibres. The…

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Apple sauce, Appelmoes, Apfelmus, Compote de pommes
Confocal Microscopy image of Apple Sauce, consisting of loose, collapsed cells

Apple sauce, Appelmoes, Apfelmus, Compote de pommes

The microstructure of apple sauce. The microstructure of this beloved product is made up of loose cooked apple cells. Earlier in life, in the fresh apple, the cells were voluminous. Here they have collapsed, but they are stiff enough to hold the liquid in place and to provide the typical shear-thinning texture. The video shows a stack of confocal laser…

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Phone screen magnification

This post is about the amazing beauty of the rainbow, white light, mobile phone screens, ... and 'regular' stereo light microscopy. To start with the last: a Stereo Microscope (or macroscope) is a sophisticated magnifiying glass. It allows to visualise details of objects that are below the visibility threshold of the naked eye. Now the phone screen: If viewed under the stereo microscope,…

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Beautiful visualization of hummus microstructure
SEM image of hummus with mild processing, keeping chickpea cells intact.

Beautiful visualization of hummus microstructure

After aquiring the proper instruments and moving them to our new Consistence lab, it's great to see them installed and running. Here I start with a beautiful visualisation of houmous microstructure. Besides being a very tasty plant based spread, originating from the middle east, its microstructure is impressive as well. The method used here is cryo-scanning electron microscopy. The real…

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