Category Archives: Design

Microscope Adapter Expands Science Education

Smartphones are a part of daily life, and each new feature developed is an opportunity for innovation. One example is an inexpensive adapter recently developed by Verdant which allows a smartphone to interface with a microscope. Designed as a minor convenience, its impact on science education was completely unexpected.

With educational budgets stretched thin, schools are frequently forced to choose other priorities over microscopes. Institutional quality microscopes cost several hundred dollars each, and camera attachments run into the thousands. But educators are no longer forced to do without while the necessary tools rest in their pockets.

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Scientists frequently need to gather large amounts of data, and in some cases, the effort of creating a specialized tool is less than the repetitive labor. Very few scientists have the luxury of a dedicated machine shop, and even fewer have been introduced to the power and affordability of custom fabrication. As a result, most of our design work is disappointingly self-initiated. Researchers frequently eat away at their own productivity with off-the-shelf equipment. If you have ever asked yourself how certain scientists in your field can produce results with superhuman speed – this is one of the best kept secrets. If you feel like you have more work than time, then you should consider design services. Most situations can actually be handled with a simple modification, and don’t require reinventing the proverbial wheel.

If you found yourself being described by the above paragraph, contact us via any method in the sidebar. We can take you through the range of surprisingly affordable possibilities.


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Verdant Wins ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering Competition

After a vigorous five month competition against some of the most innovative companies from around the world, Verdant emerged victorious from the American Chemical Society’s 2015 Green Chemistry & Engineering conference in Washington D.C. with a $10000 Grand Prize. The technologies vying for recognition ranged from biofuel to bionomics. We extend the greatest respect to our competitors, all of whom are making very impressive strides toward a common goal.

Verdant presented a system capable of refining complex mixtures of chemical waste back into pure, reusable chemicals. The economic viability of process was the key to victory – separating the chemicals in just a few steps with a yield above 90%.  But the greatest breakthrough is the message it sends to industry.