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We are always in search of new samples to provide diversity to our photomicrograph collection. The list below indicates the samples that we are most interested in photographing. If you have samples that appear in this list we will be happy to negotiate with you about the photography of your samples. Generally, in exchange for a short-term loan of the samples, we will provide you with original photographs of the sample and several 11 x 14 inch Cibachrome color prints of the best photographs.

Custom photomicrography services are also available for samples of commercial products and other samples that are not listed below. We will charge a fee for photography of these samples. Please contact us for detailed information about custom photomicrography services and shipping instructions.

  • ALLOYS: We are interested in alloys of all types. Samples should be very reflective and relatively flat.
  • BUCKYBALLS: Any form, although we prefer thin films or crystals.
  • COMPOSITES: Composites can be very hard to photograph. Those that are very flat and reflective are good specimens as are those that can be easily melt-recrystallized.
  • DINOSAUR BONES: We need thin sections of dinosaur bones of all types.
  • DNA AND RNA: Nucleic acids must be either in solid form or in concentrated solution. We are also interested in single crystals of nucleic acids.
  • DRUGS: New pharmaceuticals in pure form. We will not accept controlled substances.
  • FATTY ACIDS AND LIPIDS: These should be in pure form or in concentrated organic solution.
  • FLAVORS AND FRAGRANCES: We will accept only organic solids that are not salts. Liquids will be photographed for a fee.
  • INTEGRATED CIRCUITS: All types. Integrated circuits should be either wafers or wafer portions or individual dies. We can usually break ceramic packages open to photograph "chips" inside but have only a very limited success with epoxy packaging.
  • LIQUID CRYSTALS: Liquid crystals must be either lyotropic or display thermotropic phases near room temperature. We are very interested in polymer liquid crystals.
  • METALS: Precious metals either in thin films or etched single crystals of the most interest to us.
  • METEORITES: Meteorites must be prepared into thin sections for microscopy. We will accept metallic meteorites that are polished and very flat.
  • MICROPROCESSORS: A subset of integrated circuits, we are very interested in new microprocessors. Please see the section on integrated circuits about packaging.
  • NEW MATERIALS: New materials may be interesting under the microscope. Contact us about these specimens.
  • PETROGRAPHIC SPECIMENS: We are interested only in unusual or highly colored thin sections for both transmitted and reflected light microscopy.
  • PHYTOCHEMICALS: New phytochemicals are of great interest to us. We need at least 50-100 milligrams of sample, perferrably in a base or acid form. Organic salts are more difficult to photograph.
  • POLYMERS: All polymers that might be photogenic. This applies to thin films, bulk polymers, and sections.
  • PRECIOUS GEMS: These are usually uninteresting in single crystal form. Thin sections of minerals containing precious gems are often very photogenic.
  • PROTEINS AND PEPTIDES: These must be in solid form or in concentrated solution. We are also interested in single crystals of proteins or peptides.
  • SUPERCONDUCTORS: All kinds in any form. Thin films and ceramic single crystals tend to produce the best photographs.
  • SUPERLATTICES: Thin film superlattices are of interest.
  • THIN FILMS: We are interested in any type of thin film.

There are probably many interesting samples not listed above that we have not thought of. If you have a novel sample please contact us about photography of the sample.

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