Microscopic and Nanoscale Details (IMAGE) DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Caption An X-ray microtomography scan of a paint sample (left) shows a random distribution of components in a paint sample, and a zoomed-in view by a technique known as photothermal induced resonance (right) reveals that zinc carboxylates, known as soaps, are not evenly distributed but are intermixed with aluminum stearate (yellow). One type of zinc soap, called zinc stearate, is also shown to form in clusters of nanoparticles (red) near the aluminum stearate cluster. The scale bars are in microns, or millionths of a meter. Credit NIST, Berkeley Lab Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.