Ethanol Crystallization on a Glass Slide

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Submitted by Adam S. Zeiger of the Van Vliet Laboratory for Material Chemomechanics

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Adam S. Zeiger
Van Vliet Laboratory for Material Chemomechanics, MIT Department of Materials Science
Phase Contrast Micrograph

"We were imaging collagen gels, but accidentally focused on the underside of the glass, which had just been cleaned with 70% ethanol. In the moments before it evaporated, we were able to capture the crystallization of the liquid on the glass."