I agree, people I've worked with used CrystalBond. I've also
dissolved CrystalBond in acetone to make a varnish to spread on the
glass slide. The grains to be mounted are then sprinkled on the slide
and the slide warmed so the particles sink into the resin. With the
right solution strength the coat on the slide will be just enough
that it will hold the grains in place without them sinking in or it
"wicking" right over them.
I'm currently exploring whether Aquabond
(www.aquabondtechnologies.com/) is clean, or clean enough. It is a
thermoplastic resin that at room temperature is insoluble in water,
but it dissolves completely in hot water and can be washed down the
drain. No problem of what to do with that contaminated acetone... I
don't have any yet, but it looks intriguing. I'm assuming of course
that a temporary mount means that there is a need to recover the
>Many of the folks doing fish otolith LA-ICP-MS use CrystalBond
>cement. Very clean for the things they're interested in.
>Institute of Marine Sciences
>University of California
>Santa Cruz, CA 95064 USA
>On 9/26/2011 10:58, Brian Jackson wrote:
>>I am thinking of using super glue to fix some sieved sediment
>>particle size fractions to a microscope slide prior to LA-ICP-MS.
>>I seem to remember that these glues are relatively metal free.
>>Does anyone have any other suggestions? I'm literally looking for
>>a quick fix here.
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