Is this not exactly what I said would happen? "POINT ME TO THE SCIENCE" *points him to the science* "I DON'T CARE I'M BUYING ONE ANYWAY"
If all there is to it, is a straight through connection, and the wire is 1 square millimetre CSA, at 23 ohms per kilometre, 5cm of wire is about 1 thousandth of an ohm
Plus the really poor solder joints. So a higher resistance than quoted. The poor solder job is probably part of the magic sauce.
In the future, I have a lab full of analytical instruments. And I'm more than happy
and capable of using them.
Every kind of Mass Spec you could possibly imagine including ICPMS
A high resolution bruker FTIR with diamond film ATR
3 different raman spectrometers
9 different NMR's including a solids unit perfect for quartz like things
and 3 different high power Xray crystallography instruments also
perfect for crystals of all sizes.
Analyzing stuff like this is rather trivial
Do the post doc chemists you support need all that equipment in their lab?!? Awesome! That's a wider array than most universities have on hand.