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How to Apply Microanalysis to the Life Sciences


The fields of biology and life sciences are growing at a tremendous pace, and there are a growing number of uses of applied microscopy and imaging in these disciplines.  Microanalysis, however, is underutilized in these areas due to historical challenges in soft tissue sample analysis and EM operating conditions.  Advancements in microanalysis technology such as fast detector collection and processing, paired with low vacuum or VP SEM modes have opened up some very interesting applications of microanalysis in the life sciences.

How to Apply Microanalysis to the Life Sciences

In this webinar, we will show a series of interesting EDS and EBSD examples ranging from metallic antioxidants in plant foods to marine biology EDS and EBSD studies.  For those materials scientists joining in, we will also explore the field of biomimetics, in which industry is following the elegant designs of biological organisms to manufacture optimal materials characteristics.


Tara Nylese is the EDAX Global Applications Manager, based in the Mahwah office. Tara works with EDS, EBSD and WDS technologies. She started her career in microanalysis primarily with SEM/EDS based techniques and over the course of her 17 years with EDAX has added the additional capabilities into her analytical approaches. With a strong understanding of core technologies, Tara takes the advanced technologies in novel directions, externally with customers and internally within various EDAX groups. Her main emphasis is on finding ways to increase the integration between techniques to create solutions that are beyond the limit of each individual technique. Of particular interest are applications of phase mapping and how to fully characterize materials with subtle differences, to create a high level of materials characterization.

Tara holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry with a Professional Science Masters (PSM), which gives her an understanding of the commercial end of applied science and technology. With a foundation in chemistry, she is able to adapt to many different applications, from excitation techniques to diffraction techniques and in industry from biological to materials science to geology.

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