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.