Cryogenic Preparation and Imaging Strategies for Soft Matter in Materials Science


The People's Palace and The Skeel Lecture Theatre
Queen Mary University of London
February 24 2017

This lecture series focuses on applied electron microscopy for the characterization of hydrated samples (hydrogels, colloids, hydrated polymers, polymer-peptide hybrids, scaffolds for cell culture evaluations) using cryo-preservation and characterization of materials in their pristine/life-like state. Several techniques that have been well established in life sciences research will be presented in the context of materials science.

For more information, visit the Royal Microscopical Society website.

2016/12/07 22:45 · Marin Lagacé

Microscopy Characterization of Organic-Inorganic Interfaces


The People's Palace and The Skeel Lecture Theatre
Queen Mary University of London
February 23-24 2017

The meeting is dedicated to microscopy of materials comprised of both organic and inorganic constituents (in close proximity) and is aimed at bringing together experts from both the life science and materials science communities to address this challenging and increasingly important topic.

The second edition of the meeting broadens its horizons and is welcoming not only electron microscopists but scientists applying other microscopy techniques to share their knowledge and expertise in solving complex problems related to hybrid materials (bio-inspired composites, hybrid solar cells, mineralized tissues, colloidal nanoparticles, etc.).

For more information, visit the Royal Microscopical Society website.

2016/12/07 22:34 · Marin Lagacé

Higher Organization of Chromosomes: Fascinating Target for Scientists

Professor Kiichi Fukui
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Science, Osaka University, Japan
10:30-11:30 am, September 6th, 2016 at NINT Taylor room

DNA which has important roles for maintenance and expression of genetic information, changes its fibrous shape to highly compacted state called a chromosome during cell division for equal distribution of genetic information. Chromosomes were found within a cell in the middle of 19 century. Now DNA and its higher order structure of nucleosome structures within a chromosome are well characterized in atomic resolution, however, chromosome higher order structure itself has not been elucidated yet (Fig. 1). We have tried to elucidate the chromosome higher order structure for the chromosomes isolated and prepared by PA method and Critical Point Drying (CPD) method using Ga FIB/SEM. As a result, we have observed the nucleosome-like signals within a chromosome (Fig. 2). Although it is not achieved to elucidate the whole structure of a chromosome, we believe that the nano- technology is a promising method to elucidate detailed structures of biological samples such as chromosomes.

Organized by NINT and Alberta Section of MSC.
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Free coffee and donuts!!!

2016/08/16 21:29 · Marin Lagacé

4D Profilometry Application Challenge

Lyncée Tec launches the 4D profilometry application challenge. The goal of the competition is to reward innovative 4D profilometry application ideas. The 10 best propositions will be nominated by Lyncée. An international jury will choose 3 winners among them and distribute $10000 USD cash prize.

Please consult their website for more information.

2016/06/19 23:23 · Marin Lagacé

IRBV Microscopy Summer School

Join us for the IRBV Microscopy Summer School at the Montreal Botanical Garden, August 24-27, 2015

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2015/06/02 16:49 · Youssef Chebli