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Not everyone knows that Phytoplankton (also known as microalgae,  such as Diatoms and Coccolithophores) contribute between 50 to 85 percent of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere, play a part in the regulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide and form an essential component of the marine food chain.
Plankton in general have often artistic shapes that lead us to reflect upon spiritual matters and wonders of Nature. In particular Diatoms and Radiolarians emanate hypnotic beauty, magic, mathematics, mystery, fun and solemnity at the same time: owning Diatom Shop's state-of-the-art microscope slides that contain Diatoms or Radiolarians is like owning a piece of all these features, a piece of the art of who carefully prepared these handmade products, a piece of antique and modern, a piece of the small and big powerful Microcosm.
Diatom Lab is like a 19th century scientific laboratory company that operates in the  21st century on many points o view, but
Diatom Lab's state-of-the-art microscope slides containing micromanipulated Diatoms and Radiolarians are produced with absolutely Innovative, Modern, Never published, Unique, Professional Techniques and Formulas: the company has elevated the nineteenth-century procedures of arranging Diatoms and other microscopic objects to the high requirements of the most modern and sophisticated microscopes (please read some of the technical informations in the table below).
In a few words Diatom Shop makes microscopy more exciting, fascinating and unforgettable!


Welcome to Diatom Shop!

Diatom Shop is the online shop of DIATOM LAB, the scientific laboratory company registered and based in Italy with the Italian VAT number IT 01635810193 (Partita IVA 01635810193), with the registered name "DIATOM LAB di Stefano Barone", placed under the classification "Research and Development in the field of other Natural Sciences and Engineering"

The company is specialized in:
Microslides and Arrangements with Diatoms, Radiolarians and other microscopic objects (for Optical Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy - SEM), produced through new and never published techniques;
Test plates for Optical Microscopy (to obtain the PDF Instruction  Manual of the "Diatom Resolution Test Plate, version 2.0", visit the Price List page), produced through new and never published techniques;
Science education;
Scientific photography

Diatom Shop serves universities, colleges, research centres and microscope companies from all the world, in addition to private customers of course

Diatom Lab was created to show the beauty, importance and power of microscopic nature to amaterus and scientists during an era of many superficial values. Diatom Shop's products require much accuracy, precision and time during (and before) their realization: although Diatom Lab works with the latest techniques, mountants and research microscopes, it doesn't differ much from a Nineteenth-century scientific laboratory company, so your purchase will help to keep this ancient craft still alive today! Diatom Lab is a visionary project where science meets art

Diatom Shop offers state - of - the - art microscope slides and top quality service, to sum up:

1) Diatom Lab's state-of-the-art microscope slides containing micromanipulated Diatoms and Radiolarians are made to last in time and are produced with absolutely Innovative, Modern, Never published, Unique, Professional Techniques and Formulas: the company has elevated the nineteenth-century procedures of  arranging Diatoms and other microscopic objects to the high requirements of the most modern and sophisticated microscopes

2) You'll have the best conditions for excellent resolution and contrast, in fact:  

A) Diatoms are attached / fixed to the underside of a properly thick cover glass (and not commonly on the microscope slide!), so there is no space between Diatom frustules and cover glass (although this procedure requires special manufacturing precautions): furthermore, mounting to the underside of the cover glass permits to easily use oil immersion objectives too (even those with very short working distance, such as plan-apochromat 63x/1,4 or 100x/1,4)

B) Diatom Lab always uses high refractive index mountants, such as Diatom³ (Diatom Cubed) that has a refractive index greater than 1.7. All mountants are microfiltered and have an excellent chemical stability (Diatom Lab also offers microscope slides with micro-manipulated Diatoms and Radiolarians for Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), carefully fixed without cover glass and mountant in this case)

C) Diatom Lab's unique and self-produced fixatives are really invisible even in phase contrast, darkfield illumination and differential interference contrast (DIC)! Please notice the test below performed by Purdue University Fort Wayne's scanning electron microscope (SEM) on Diatom Shop's microscope slides that contain Diatoms fixed by Diatom Lab's special fixative (without mountant and cover glass to permit SEM investigations)

D) The customized cover glasses (coverslips) with high optical quality are manufactured in Germany specifically for Diatom Lab. They have the following characteristics: highly transparent and achromatic (free of any color distortion); high optical omogeneity (pratically free of inclusions, bubbles, streaks, etc.); high spectral transmission; good planarity; very good chemical stability, and refraction index adjusted for microscopes

E) Diatom Shop's microscope slides are prepared taking into account the cover glass thickness suitable for each preparation

F) Any  new product is thoroughly tested before  it goes to market: for example the new test diatom slides and the new arranged diatom slides are also tested using double immersion microscopy (Zeiss Axio Imager.A2 research microscope + Zeiss Achromatic-aplanatic condenser 1,4 H D Ph DIC + Zeiss Objective M27 63x/1,4 Oil DIC ∞/0,17 and other high aperture Zeiss M27 objectives)

G) Diatom Shop offers perfectly cleaned Diatoms, Radiolarians and other microscopic objects that are micro-manipulated paying attention to their perfect positioning. All the recent and fossil Diatoms and Radiolarians are cleaned in the internal laboratory (using innovative, never published, long and professional techniques that require personal protective equipment)

3) Diatom Shop's Diatoms and Radiolarians can be observed and admired even with a modest microscope (contrast enhancement techniques such as phase contrast, darkfield illumination and differential interference contrast are not necessary) thanks to Diatom Lab's high refractive index mountants used to mount them

4) Diatom Lab's special techniques and mountants ensure that diatoms and radiolarians will never change their original position (for example, during shipping or storage): in a few words you wil never see "floating" diatoms and radiolarians

5) Diatom Shop's Innovative, Unique ringing cements are extremely resistant to the  most common immersion oils  used in optical microscopy

6) Diatom Shop always offers many rare and unusual species

7) Before payment you will always receive an email with attached the photographs and photomicrographs of the products you've ordered: what you see is what you get

8) Diatom Lab works with honesty, accuracy and transparency. You'll always receive a paper invoice (if you are a business company) or a paper tax receipt (if you are a private customer) with every purchase

9) All parcels are fully tracked, so that you can check the progress of your items through to delivery. Diatom Lab (Diatom Shop) safely ships WORLDWIDE using microscope mailer cases, bubble wrap and paddled packages: customers of Diatom Lab live in USA, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania

10) Payments are possible using PayPal (no PayPal account needed, just a credit card!) or bank transfer

11) Diatom Shop sells its special products online (by email order) or more rarely through the business eBay page http://www.ebay.com/usr/diatomshop to promote the products to private customers (the eBay account name is diatomshop and starting prices are often symbolic as most bids happen in the final minutes or seconds of each auction. Almost every week Diatom Shop sells many very rare Diatoms on eBay).  Please read the 100% positive eBay feedbacks at the following link: eBay feedbacks The company receives a lot of emails and letters of appreciation by direct customers too

The images and the videos you find in this website are in reduced quality of course, but Diatom Lab produces Full HD videos and full-frame images.

Feel free to contact Diatom Shop with questions, comments or commissions regarding these products.

Happy microscope observations by Diatom Lab!

"The revelations of the Microscope are perhaps not excelled in importance by those of the telescope. While exciting our curiosity, our wonder and admiration, they have proved of infinite service in advancing our knowledge of things around us" (Joseph Leidy)

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