Microscopy is often a highly collaborative endeavor and the microscopist may work with researchers in fields outside of their own. Occasionally, the scientific vocabulary is different and technical details of samples for microscopy and microanalysis obscure, yet the common goal of discovery and gaining new knowledge are motivations to collaborate.
For this webinar, I will present data and personal commentary on a case of mistaken microscopy involving SEM, S/TEM, SAED, EDS, EELS, and control experiments that resulted in an NSF Office of Inspector General investigation and ended with an editorial retraction from Science Magazine of an original paper titled “RNA-mediated metal-metal bond formation in the synthesis of hexagonal palladium nanoparticles”.
The presentation will conclude with comments on what role, for me as a graduate student, the Microanalysis Society (MAS) played in mentorship and the free exchange of material characterization expertise.
This webinar will be presented by DONOVAN N. LEONARD, a Senior Technical Staff Member in the Materials Science & Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory) and a long-time MAS member.