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Microscopical Identification of White Powders
From Monday, January 09 2017
To Friday, January 13 2017
Every day

 Sponsor: Hooke College of Applied Sciences

Description: This white powders identification course teaches students how to identify white powders using several microscopical identification techniques including: polarized light microscopy (PLM), fluorescence microscopy, and spot tests.

The goal of the Microscopical Identification of White Powders course is the characterization and identification of commonly used non-hazardous hoax materials mailed or shipped as malicious threats, some low order explosives, and potential biological and/or aerosolization components using polarized light microscopy and fluorescence microscopy techniques.

The white powder sample set used for this course was derived from real-world examples that were either described in media accounts or found by First Responders at actual incident sites. Students learn how to identify white powder samples by first studying particle morphology, optical characteristics, and chemical reactions, followed by UV fluorescence observations.

Location: 850 Pasquinelli Dr, Westmont IL 60559
Contact: Chris Gorman 630-887-7100 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


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