Makers: Logan Fairgrieve-Park and Tristan Stark
Idea: With the support of the Woodside Lab, The Shack is developing a centrifuge microscope.
Project Details: A centrifuge microscope combines great force with high magnification. By spinning a digital microscope set up within a centrifuge, samples can be imaged while under extremely high force.
Centrifuge microscopes have applications ranging from biophysics (analysis of protein folding and unfolding) to astrobiology (microorganisms in super gravitational environments).
The system will use a large bench-top centrifuge, a single board computer, and high precision optics to capture and send images over WiFi during operation. Nano-sized polystyrene beads will be used along with micro-mechanical membranes to calibrate the centrifuge microscope so it can be used for biophysics applications.