User:Tamanika Tinsley/Notebook/Chem 581 Biomaterials Design Lab/2014/11/26
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SEM and EDS of PVA+Clay Beads
To discover the morphology and elemental characteristics of the PVA+clay beads by using an Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Engery Dispersive Spectrometry (EDS)
The beads were first analyzed using an Olympus SZX7 steromicroscope with a Highlight 3100 attachment, to determine the geranal size, shape, and color of the beads. This step is important because the SEM cannot determine color differences.
Overall the mixed and the white beads have a much smoother surface than that of the clear beads. It was my theory that the clear beads did not have as much clay in them as the white and the mixed. EDS was completed on the three types of beads to confirm that theory.