Edward S. Boyden
Edward Boyden pioneered ‘expansion microscopy’, a method that embeds the object of interest in a polymer and enlarges it by swelling the matrix. The optical parameters are not changed for improved resolution, the object itself is enlarged. A revolution in the 300 year history of microscopy. Boyden is also going the other way: 3D nanofabrication. He can build up objects in this polymer, shrink them down through controlled shrinkage and thus open up new possibilities for the production of extremely fine structures. The companies Boyden co-founded have their business field in their names: Expansion Technologies and (in formation) Implosion Fabrication.
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