It’s kaleidoscopic

So this week in Chem 3020, we did part II of the Optical Microscopy lab. But this time, instead of looking at fibers, we looked at the fusion of crystals of various explosive organic substances under a light microscope. This entailed melting them down on a hotplate and then watching them crystallize under the microscope. The crystal pictures are even prettier than the fiber ones so I have to share :)

Ammonium nitrate, 100x magnification, with analyzer

Cholesterol acetate, 100x magnification, with analyzer

P-nitrophenol, 40x magnification, with analyzer, recrystallized with thymol

Chemistry can be a pain in the ass sometimes, but at least it’s pretty?


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A friend once told me that all I eat is chocolate and cheese. I was both disturbed and amused to realize that he was right.
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