To mark the 30th anniversary of sample preparation for electron microscopy, the journal Microscopy and Analysis invited Fischione Instruments CEO Paul Fischione to reflect upon the history of the field and to predict future technological requirements.
Thirty years of sample preparation: Where we have been and where can we go?
Abstract: There have been substantive changes in the microscopy field over the past 30 years; microscope technology has evolved, the tools and techniques for sample preparation have become more sophisticated. and the material range and depth of characterization have expanded. With each advancement in microscope performance, sample preparation technology had to improve at the same pace. Continuous advances in microscopy hold the key to solving many of today's and tomorrow's challenges, whether it be medical research, improved structural materials, or energy applications, such as power generation, storage, and efficiency enhancements.