Electron microscopy chemicals. That’s not a phrase that usually portends something exciting or easy to understand. But that’s not exactly true, is it? Because electron microscopy chemicals are exciting in that they can be used to help us peer into a world much smaller and different than our own. A world that’s fundamentally necessary for our existence even though we can’t see it. Over the years, there have been many different ways we’ve developed to try and see into this world. Laser diffraction testing. Nanotechnology. All manner of analytical method development. Science has moved so far so fast that even for seasoned researchers it can be hard to keep up. But, even though it’s so hard to keep up, it’s hard to forget just how fascinating and important this sub atomic chemistry, and even pro atomic chemistry, really is. Let’s take a lot at the very basics and work our way up from there. By doing this, we can gain a greater appreciation for how and why the world works the way it does. And, yes, we can even begin to appreciate electron microscopy chemicals. You see, there’s nothing inherently boring or scary about the world. It’s all about the ways in which you understand it.
- At the very bottom
Let’s start this journey at the very bottom of the atomic scale, shall we? For centuries, scientists argued over what exactly lay at the heart of all matter. They didn’t know and had no way to test it, so they developed theories as best they could with the reactions and physics they could actually physically see. It might surprise you to learn that atoms in general, and even the idea of subatomic particles, was actually developed by the Greeks thousands of years ago. Of course, they didn’t have the means to test what it was that they were proposing nor did they have the wherewithal to really prove it. They didn’t have our eponymous electron microscopy chemicals. But some Greeks thinkers believed that the world was made of up small, fundamental and indivisible particles that existed everywhere in nature. Nature was these particles and nothing else. This idea eventually became modern atomic theory, of course, but there was a step that most of the Greeks were missing.
It’s fairly common knowledge that atoms make up most of everything in the world but the question remains. What lies below atoms? Is there anything smaller than a single atom? Beyond neutrons, protons and electrons, what is there? The real answer, or real as we can prove it, is both strange and difficult. It’s also incredibly hard to test so, much as with the Greeks long ago, there are a lot of competing theories that contain a lot of different reams of evidence. Regardless, most scientists seem to believe that atoms are made of a smaller, micro micro particle called quarks that bounce around forever in empty space. These quarks don’t react much like atoms though or any other type of normal matter. Instead, quarks are the beginning of the infamous quantum realm, a place in chemistry and physics that is both fascinating and often misinterpreted in popular culture.
Overhead and underneath
The quantum realm is not magic or supernatural, as many popular science advocates or movies would like you to believe. It does feel that way, however, and for good reason. Quantum level particles can vanish and reappear. They can cease to exist and communicate over long distances. Compare this to pro atomic particles such as molecules or compounds which could never ever sustain this type of activity. A tank of pure oxygen, for instance, isn’t going to just vanish into thin air. The laws of physics just don’t work like that. So there’s a fundamental discrepancy between the quantum realm and the macro world we live in. Science is still working on resolving these differences and they aren’t done yet. They need all the tools they have, electron microscopy chemicals and otherwise. The journey continues and it is always worth it, no matter how difficult or arduous it might seem to be when it is actually happening.