Dissemination of IT for the Promotion of Materials Science (DoITPoMS)

DoITPoMS Micrograph Library About the Library

About the Library

The DoITPoMS Micrograph Library is a collection of materials micrographs intended for use in teaching and learning. The Library currently contains 900 micrographs.

All micrographs in the Library have been contributed by people working in the field of materials science and technology. In addition to the images, the following information (or 'metadata') is stored with each micrograph (some of these fields being optional).

  • Brief description
  • Keywords
  • Categories to which micrograph belongs (e.g. Ceramic, Metal or alloy, ...)
  • System (e.g. Al2O3, Al-Cu, ...)
  • Composition (e.g. Al 10, Cu 90 (wt%), ...)
  • Reaction
  • Processing
  • Applications
  • Sample preparation
  • Microscopy technique
  • Further information
  • Contributor
  • Organisation

Micrographs can be found using search, browse or advanced search. Help is available on each of these methods.

Micrographs of binary alloy systems are linked (with a Symbol for link to phase diagram symbol) to an interactive phase diagram for the system, also accessible from systems listed when browsing. The phase diagrams, like the micrographs, are intended for educational purposes and should not be relied on for scientific or 'mission critical' purposes!

Keywords are linked (with a Symbol for link to MATTER Glossary entry symbol) to the corresponding entry in the MATTER Glossary of Materials Science where this exists, also accessible from keywords listed when browsing or from the complete list of keywords.

As a general rule, the micrograph images and descriptions can be used free of charge in teaching and learning. See the terms of use of use for further information and contact us if in doubt whether the way you intend to use the images would be legitimate. Help is available on downloading images.

DoITPoMS warmly welcomes further contributions to the Micrograph Library. If you are interested in contributing micrographs please read the contribute page or contact us.

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