As he has always been fascinated by the physical world around him, René has chosen to study geology at Utrecht University with specialization in materials science from a geological perspective. René’s first introduction to electron microscopy and microanalysis came during his undergraduate thesis on deformation and pressure indicators in natural fault rocks from New Zealand, which involved a significant amount of SEM and TEM work. Later during his PhD thesis on nanometer-scale melt structures in upper mantle rocks, he also learned about high resolution TEM imaging and EDS analysis. Around this time, he also started using EBSD on a system without any automation.
Rene’s background in geology gives him a slightly different view on materials research, which has proven invaluable over the years at EDAX. In geology, one must often look at a material without any prior knowledge on how it was formed. Applying this view to man-made materials can be a great help in explaining unexpected test results or materials failures that customers need to understand.
Hi Dr RENÉ,
I am a PhD scholar from RMIT University. I am very interested in your presentation “EBSD from pattern generation to in-situ measurements” which you recently presented at Monash University. I am heavily involved in EBSD of magnesium alloys, and magnesium is one of the most difficult materials to deal with when it comes to getting good surface finish. I realised that a good surface polish for SEM is never enough for EBSD. I was hoping you could share your presentation slides with me.