PROFESSOR VIEWS CHEMISTRY FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
While biologists spend much of their time peering at life through a microscope, this is not the typical tool of the chemist.
But when Dr. Lou Sytsma recently attended a workshop offered by the McCrone Group in Westmont, Illinois, he saw chemistry from a perspective that in many ways he never had before.
“I saw chemical reactions under the microscope that week that I have not seen in more than 40 years of working in the field of chemistry.”
The McCrone Group is internationally recognized as a leader in microscopy. The group, through its College of Microscopy, offers teaching and training courses for scientists around the world. The research institute has worked on such world-renown cases as the Shroud of Turin and the Vinland Map.
Sytsma would like to incorporate more microscopy into his classroom so students will not only see a chemical reaction inside a test tube but also the shape of the crystal forming because of the reaction.
“Using this instrument in the classroom may draw more students to chemistry,” said Sytsma.
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