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Solid State Chemistry…both a Science and an Art.

Photo image by Ms. Sarah Rothstein.

Check out a recent image of an explosive crystalline material taken by Nalas Chemist Sarah Rothstein using our polarized light microscope (PLM).   Sarah saw a sunrise over a snow-capped mountain range. What do you see?

Our Solid State Chemistry lab has been conducting a high level of research and development towards screening and isolating energetic-energetic cocrystals for the US Army.  While we follow a science-based approach to our screening efforts, often the result can be a beautiful crystal, and its beauty magnified with the help of our microscope.  Here is proof that sometimes science is most definitely an art!