Researchers are always looking for ways to improve the products they've developed. They might be investigating the properties of high temperature ceramics to improve the heat resistance of coatings. They might be developing new inks or papers to extend print longevity. The possible research scenarios are vast, and the challenges can come in all shapes, sizes and compositions.
To thoroughly characterize properties and behaviors of materials requires research tools that deliver imaging and analytical insights at multiple scales and dimensions. These solutions need to be capable of handling samples that are hard or soft, delicate or durable, thin or thick, organic or inorganic, electrically conductive or insulating, and sometimes even hydrated or oil-coated.
Materials scientists are turning insights into innovation every day, and electron microscopy plays a major role in the discovery process. With the ability to visualize and understand materials structure and composition and its behavior under varying environmental influences, researchers are able to utilize this new knowledge and turn it into the products and materials that can improve the quality of life around the globe.