Classification of Unknown Materials Using  Microscopy and Spectroscopy

Price: Conferee: $450; Student: $50; Non-Conferee: $550
Date: Sunday 10/21/2018 - 9am to 4pm

Rich Brown, MVA Scientific Consultants
Bill Turner, MVA Scientific Consultants
Kathryn Grossack, MVA Scientific Consultants

This workshop provides a framework for the analytical approach used to identify unknown material in a variety of industries such as pharmaceutical, environmental, and manufacturing. Our aim is to help participants understand what a foreign particulate is and how microscopy and spectroscopy are used to determine its composition and identify potential sources.
The analytical techniques covered are polarized light microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry, and transmission electron microscopy. Participants will get a hands-on training with the instruments and sample preparation, including sample examination and proper documentation.  They will also learn how to efficiently isolate particles without introducing extraneous contaminants.
After having taken this workshop, participants will have developed particle isolation skills and an understanding of the methods used in identifying unknown particulate material.