Students visiting Consistence

This week we were happy to receive a group of students from VWO 5 Wartburg College, location Guido de Bres. They are orienting on further education and their future job. They visited our lab based on their interest in technology and research. In addition to a presentation by Consistence and its staff, they received a labtour. And, of course, they…

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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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Fat crystal network

Already in 1987 Isaac Heertje published a method to visualise the fat crystal network in margarines. We now have revisited this method, making it available for today’s research of crystal networks in foods and beyond. The images show fat crystal networks in a 39% fat spread and in a 79% fat margarine, revealing continuous networks of crystals, often along emulsion…

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Face Mask Filter

Wondered about the microstructure of a face mask filter? View here: Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) images 33x-50kx. This disposable filter consists of melt blown polymer microfibres.

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Banana browing timelapse

First a time-stack of images was acquired, resulting in the video of the ripening banana. Second, a region of interest was selected, showing the details. Third, the growing brown spots were labelled, whereby labels persisted over time, until the moment of fusion with neighbouring spots. Fourth, a ‘timesweep histogram’ was calculated, showing the brown areas growing and moving to larger size classes.  This…

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Much more content coming

We are fuelling the Consistence website. Please find the many new pages while browsing within consistence.nl. Not everyting is in place yet, so bear with us some period of missing links and changing views! We added employee pages, method descriptions, and a few case studies, and more already. Enjoy!

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Consistence Company Video

Welcome to Consistence Microstructure Research Laboratory. The door is open to you, researchers in different fields where structure of materials, products, prototypes, biological samples, etcetera is of key interest.

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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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