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At Hooke College, we realize that your microscopy training needs may not be met with one of our standard courses. We can work with you to design a custom course to support your specific needs.

Light Microscopy
Students learn time honored and highly specialized Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) methods that can be applied successfully to the solutions of virtually all problems in the materials sciences. MORE >

Electron Microscopy
The SEM course emphasizes hands-on learning. Using five SEM and EMA instruments, students have the opportunity to study their own samples, or test samples provided by our staff, under the direction of McCrone scientists with over 60 years of combined SEM/EDS/WDS experience... MORE >
This course provides practical, hands-on learning for new and experienced operators, utilizing lectures, demonstrations, and direct student participation. Two experienced TEM analysts are instructors, tailoring discussions to ... MORE >
This is an advanced course in x-ray microanalysis using energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometry (EDS). The course will provide instruction and hands-on practice on performing EDS, analyzing difficult samples, mapping, and interpreting analysis results... MORE >
This Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) imaging course is an advanced topics course and provides instruction and hands-on practice for getting the best possible SEM images, especially from difficult samples, or under challenging operating conditions... MORE >

This Infrared Microscopy course is designed to provide practical instruction in real world use of the Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microscope. The class utilizes demonstrations and laboratory exercises supplemented with lectures. Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own samples for analysis. Class size is limited to twelve students to allow for maximum student participation. Four experienced instructors lead this class, and tailor the laboratory exercises and discussions to the skill level and interests of the students. MORE >
This course is designed to enable students to effectively interpret infrared spectra in an industrial setting. The course will include a brief description of infrared theory and instrumentation as well as evaluation of spectral quality and factors that affect spectra. Spectral interpretation will focus on the identification of functional groups (amine groups, alcohols, hydrocarbons, esters, carboxylic acids, ketones and aldehydes and inorganic materials.) The course will present numerous examples of polymers, pharmaceutical components, paint and coatings and commonly encountered industrial compounds. The course will emphasize real world samples and strategies will be provided for interpreting mixtures and will also emphasize effective use of spectral searching. The class will also include case studies and student exercises. MORE >
This Raman microspectroscopy course is designed to provide practical instruction in "real world" use of the Raman microscope. The class utilizes demonstrations and laboratory exercises supplemented with lectures... MORE >

Sample Preparation
Good results start with good sample preparation. This course focuses on isolating, mounting and handling -100µm sized particles without the use of micromanipulators. more than 50% of class time practicing these techniques under the supervision of the instructor. Methods for isolating contaminates from liquids, solids, or on surfaces ... MORE >
Taught by members of cleanroom staff at McCrone Associates, specialized techniques are demonstrated for isolating and mounting small particles and microtraces from examples of trace evidence... MORE >

Microscopical Examination & Identification
This USP <788 course covers the United States Pharmacopeia National Formulary Method <788> Particulate Matter in Injections, Microscopic Particle Count Test. This one-day course provides students with a hands-on understanding of the method as well as instruction on how to prepare samples for counting, and performing microscopic particle counts... MORE >
This Special Forensics course is an initial introduction to forensic hair comparison. This course introduces the student to the techniques for the identification of animal and human hairs and introduces the student to the principles and practice of forensic hair comparison using microscopy and DNA analysis... MORE >
The Forensic Fiber Microscopy Course introduces the principles and practice of polarized light microscopy (PLM) to the identification of natural and man-made fibers. MORE >
The three-day Fiber Identification course introduces the principles and practice of polarized light microscopy (PLM) to the identification of natural and man-made fibers. The course will be useful to anyone from a variety of sciences needing to identify fibers, including chemists, pharmaceutical, textile, and materials scientists. The students learn time honored and highly specialized PLM methods that can be successfully applied to virtually all types of natural and manufactured fibers. ... MORE >
Most pharmaceutical products are specified to be essentially free of visible particles, and there are limits on the number of allowable sub-visible particles. The FDA requires that contamination problems be fully investigated in a timely fashion. Utilizing microscopical examination coupled with sample isolation, preparation, and analytical methods optimized for small particles this pharmaceutical contaminants course teaches an analytical approach to successfully identify particulate contamination for regulatory compliance. MORE >
This course in paint materials identification for conservation professionals in paintings and architecture. The focus of this course is the identification of pigments using polarized-light microscopy (PLM). A practical, introduction to PLM methods is taught using many examples from the world of pigments... MORE >
The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and The Hooke College of Applied Science with the McCrone Group, Inc. are partnering to host a three-day hands-on workshop on Pigment Identification and Analysis for fine art and architectural finishes. MORE >
The White Powders course teaches students how to identify white powders using several microscopical identification techniques including: polarized light microscopy (PLM), fluorescence microscopy, spot tests, solubility tests, flame tests, and thermal ... MORE >
This course focuses on the optical characterization of opaque minerals using a polarized light microscope and reflected light. Samples studied will be mostly ore minerals, but the general principles and techniques can be applied across a broad spectrum of metallurgical and other materials... MORE >
Identification of crystalline materials with the polarized light microscope is of importance for those working in forensics, soil science, pharmaceuticals, environmental analyses, analysis of pigments, and earth sciences. This class introduces the student to a range of methods used for the identification of crystalline materials... MORE >
The GSR analysis by SEM/EDS course emphasizes hands-on learning. Using two SEM instruments, students have the opportunity to study test samples provided by our staff, under the direction of McCrone scientists with over 15 years of combined SEM/EDS GSR analysis experience. MORE >
This fast-paced, hands-on workshop will begin with an overview of traditional fine art, commercial and office printing processes, and progress to the most important digital printing processes in use today. MORE >
Low explosives (black powder, smokeless powder, or pyrotechnics) are the most commonly used energetic materials for improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the US. This course addresses the identification and analysis of low explosives in pre-blast and post-blast evidence using simple wet chemical tests, macroscopical and microscopical methods (microchemical tests) to efficiently process evidence from bomb scenes. Using the approach of “work to exclude”, the student learn to process the bomb scene debris quickly and correctly to eliminate possible explosive residues and particles. More involved sample preparation and instrumental methods can then be applied for confirming the type of explosive used. This course is intended for criminalists who are currently or will be analyzing bomb debris and devices. MORE >

Instrumentation Application
This comprehensive 3-day course will teach you how to use an FTIR to obtain spectra of polymers and how to interpret their spectra. On Day 1 we cover how an FTIR works, how to measure data and instrument quality, analyzing mixtures. Discover the best ways to prepare polymers for FTIR analysis, including how ATR (Attenuated Total Reflectance) makes polymer analysis fast and easy. MORE >
Students learn to take digital photomicrographs for transmitted light and fluorescence microscopy. Through lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises on stained sections and fluorescent specimens students are trained to record microscopical observations and ensure the capture of fine details to their microscope’s limits of resolution. Course attendees learn from hands-on experience using the microscope, cameras, and computers. MORE >

This workshop is designed to show teachers how to use microscopes to meet new standards and methods for assessing teaching and learning. The goal of the program is to instill confidence and inspire teachers to integrate the use of microscopes more readily into their curriculum throughout the school year by helping science teachers develop microscopy skills, lessons, and experiments to use in their classrooms. Teachers will adapt and/or create experiments to support the Next Generation Science Standards, which are expected to be implemented over the next few years in Illinois. MORE >

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A customized curriculum as been designed to support the specific needs of one of our clients. MORE >

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