HOOKE COLLEGE AT LEWIS
MICROSCOPY COURSES

Overview

LEWIS UNIVERSITY AND HOOKE COLLEGE OF APPLIED SCIENCES HAVE AGREED TO PARTNER ON THE DELIVERY OF STATE-OF-THE-ART MICROSCOPY COURSES.

We are pleased to offer a variety of collegiate-level short courses to be taken by a mix of students. These courses will include intensive hands-on experiential training to be completed on the main campus of Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, and supplemented with online materials.

Hooke College

Hooke College at Lewis University is a specialized learning center providing quality hands-on training in microanalytical principles/techniques using state-of-the-art spectroscopy and microscopy instrumentation. Our goal is to advance the student’s knowledge and understanding of how to analyze materials using photons and/or electrons as probes. Courses are taught by microscopist from The McCrone Group with real-world experience in solving microanalytical problems.

Courses Offered

Courses currently offered are each 2 credit hours. You may select from the following courses:

Course
Title
Date
Credit Hours
CHEM 43000
Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM)
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In this polarized light microscopy (PLM) course, students are taught the application of polarized light to characterize and identify microscopic particle types based on their physical and optical properties. Contaminants, fibers, pigments, food products, pollen grains, spores, hairs, glass, combustion products, pharmaceuticals, explosives, minerals and other crystalline and non-crystalline materials can be identified rapidly and accurately with the polarizing light microscope.

Students learn time-honored and highly-specialized PLM methods that can be applied successfully to materials sciences. Training is achieved through lecture/demonstration and, above all, many practical exercises using known and unknown samples.

  • March
    9-10, 2023
2
CHEM 43600
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
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The Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) course emphasizes hands-on learning, using the latest tabletop SEM instruments. Students can study their own samples, or analyze samples provided by our instructor.

During this course, students learn through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on participation how to set up and operate an SEM with EDS instrument. At the end of the SEM course, students with no prior experience can obtain secondary electron (SE) and backscatter electron (BE) micrographs and perform EDS qualitative and quantitative analysis. For students with prior experience, emphasis will be placed on techniques to identify particles and solve practical problems.

Students learn time-honored and highly-specialized PLM methods that can be applied successfully to materials sciences. Training is achieved through lecture/demonstration and, above all, many practical exercises using known and unknown samples.

  • March
    6-7, 2023
2
CHEM 43800
Infrared Microscopy (FTIR)
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This FTIR spectroscopy training course provides practical instruction in use of the Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microscope through demonstrations and laboratory exercises supplemented with lectures. Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own samples for analysis. Class size is limited to offer maximum hands-on participation. Our experienced instructor leads the class, and tailors the laboratory exercises and discussions to the skill level and interests of the students.

This lab course assumes basic knowledge of infrared spectroscopy and operation of an FTIR microscope. There is a brief discussion of infrared theory, and a heavy emphasis on using FTIR microscopy in problem-solving applications. The emphasis is on student sample preparation exercises and the use of different spectral acquisition methods to obtain optimum results.

  • November
    3-4, 2022
2
CHEM 46300
Pigment Identification
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This is a paint materials identification course for paintings and architecture conservation professionals. 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 pigment samples. Students examine and sample paintings and architectural artifacts, prepare specimens for analysis, perform PLM analysis, and direct or perform further confirmatory analyses.

Other analytical methods used as confirmatory methods are discussed, including microchemical methods, elemental characterization using XRF or SEM/EDS, Raman, and infrared spectroscopy. Methods for characterization of binding media and support canvas materials are also discussed.

TBD
2

Tuition/invoicing

All Hooke College at Lewis University classes are $2000.

Individuals who need a formal invoice for their tuition costs should contact Sarah Pariseau (spariseau@lewisu.edu) for assistance.

Location

All coursework takes place in the Academic Science Center on the Lewis University campus.

Course Registration

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