[3dem] Floating carbon off of mica?

Saikat Chowdhury saikatbioinfo at gmail.com
Tue May 13 14:24:59 PDT 2014

Hi Isabel,
Something that works for me is by letting the carbon coated mica sit in a
60C oven for a day or two. This helps in making the carbon film harder and
more easier to handle. Also make sure that the freshly cleaved mica surface
is very smooth and free of tiny mica fragments, dust or particulates.
Good luck,

On Tue, May 13, 2014 at 2:11 PM, Isabel Cylinder <cylinder at ohsu.edu> wrote:

>  Hello-
> I'm currently attempting to float a thin carbon film off of mica and onto
> EM grids. I was able to successfully complete the procedure before using a
> very thick layer generated by a very old carbon evaporator, but now we have
> a new machine and can key in layer thickness to the nanometer. That said,
> I'm creating a 10 nm layer of carbon on a 1"x3" piece of mica, and when I
> try to float the carbon into a Buchner funnel full of water, it crumbles
> and fragments and I am left with no useable pieces of carbon to float down
> onto my EM grids. My next step will be to try a 20 nm layer of carbon on a
> smaller piece of mica.
> Does anybody have any experiences like this? How did you fix this problem?
> Any tips?
> Any and all help is appreciated. Thank you!
>  *Isabel Cylinder*
> Research Assistant II
> Barklis Lab
> Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
> Oregon Health & Science University
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