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Our Part in Nanotechnology History

RMC Boeckeler is proud to have played a large part of the nanotechnology scene well before the popularization of the term. In fact, RMC is the continuing operation of the company that developed the first commercial ultramicrotome in 1953.

A BRIEF HISTORY: In the early 1950s, scientist Keith Porter and mechanical engineer Joseph Blum of The Rockefeller Institute developed the Porter-Blum MT-1 microtome, which is the precursor to today’s PT-PC PowerTome. The MT-1 was manually operated and cut thin sections of samples to 100 nm thickness or below.  Thirty-five years later RMC bought that ultramicrotome product line from E.I. Dupont de Nemours & Co. and continued the development of a complete line of sample preparation equipment for electron microscopy and other ultra-high resolution microscopy.

By 2000, when RMC was purchased by Boeckeler Instruments, the product line included not only room temperature ultramicrotomes, but cryo sample preparation equipment as well, including high-pressure freezing machines, freeze substitution systems, a freeze fracture system and jet freezers. Additionally, RMC Boeckeler manufactures other sample preparation solutions including TEM stainers, tissue processors, glass knife makers and diamond knivesRead more:

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Boeckeler History