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ZEISS on Your Campus microscopy workshop series is visiting the UK in 2017

Campus

ZEISS Microscopy UK recently kicked off its Life Science Imaging workshops giving microscope users the chance to redefine how they use the latest technology from ZEISS. The day consisted of short but focused talks and hands-on interactive workshops. The sessions provided an overview of the new ZEISS Celldiscoverer 7, Fast Mode for LSM 880 with Airyscan, the recently updated Axio Observer family of inverted research microscopes, and electron microscopy for life sciences with ZEISS Atlas 5. ZEISS experts were on-hand to discuss how the systems can be used to their full potential and demonstrated correlative 3D microscopy solutions from light toelectron/ion and X-ray microscopy.

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Tags: Airyscan, Confocal Microscopy, Light Microscopy, Light sheet Microscopy, Software & Digital Imaging

Imaging of cathode, anode, binder, separator at low accelerating voltages with ZEISS FE-SEM instruments

Knowledge

Rechargeable Li-ion batteries are the power source of choice for portable electronic devices such as cellphones, laptops, cameras, etc. and are becoming increasingly important in the automotive industry and for stationary storage applications. They are complex electrochemical energy storage devices incorporating many material types, ranging from high-density metals to low-density polymers, and require a flexible suite of instrumentation for proper characterization & analysis. Especially challenging are charging effects and the danger of damage on some sensitive components when using higher accelerating voltages in the electron microscope. In this application note, very low voltage imaging was used to investigate the usability of a scanning electron microscope (SEM) on battery materials. The surface and binder of cathode and anode as well as the separator were analyzed.

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Tags: Electron and Ion Microscopy

Enhanced resolution and faster FIB material processing for maximum efficiency

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ZEISS presents a new generation of focused ion beam scanning electron microscopes (FIB-SEMs) for high-end applications in research and industry. ZEISS Crossbeam 550 features a significant increase in resolution for imaging and material characterization and a speed gain in sample preparation. Nanostructures such as composites, metals, biomaterials or semiconductors can be investigated with analytical and imaging methods in parallel. ZEISS Crossbeam 550 allows simultaneous modification and monitoring of samples, resulting in fast sample preparation and high throughput e.g. for cross-sectioning, TEM lamella preparation or nano-patterning.

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Tags: Correlative Microscopy, Electron and Ion Microscopy

ZEISS supports Illinois I-STEM educational outreach event with classroom microscopes

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Taking a break from their regular classes… and the gym, on February 22nd, 63 scholar-athletes from the Urbana High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams visited the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) on campus to learn about DNA sciences during I-STEM’s DNA and Health Day. While learning about DNA and Health via a number of hands-on activities, they also got to interact with some Illinois researchers. During a tour of the IGB, they got hands-on experience with state-of-the-art ZEISS microscopes and cutting-edge technology.

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Tags: Light Microscopy

New partnership strengthens global sales activities for unique ZEISS ORION NanoFab platform

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The Microscopy business group of ZEISS and the Raith Group agreed to unite their sales and promotional activities for ZEISS ORION NanoFab, the only helium-ion-microscope in the world. ORION NanoFab fabricates sub-10 nm structures and images at 0.5 nm. Combined with a focused ion beam it enables machining with gallium, neon or helium beams and covers the complete range from micro- to nanomachining.

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Tags: Electron and Ion Microscopy

Cambridge scientists trace fly neurons with ZEISS correlative 3D electron and X-ray microscopy

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The brain is an interconnected network of specialized, electrically active cells called neurons. A new area of neuroscience, called connectomics, aims to describe the complete set of connections between cells within and between brain areas. This is important as it allows neuroscientists to decipher the ‘circuit logic’ of how information is processed by the brain and linked to behaviors. This is critically relevant to the research and therapeutic strategies in the treatment of human brain disorders and mental health, as disruptions in information processing often affects learning, memory and thought processes. These disruptions can occur at the junctions where neurons connect, called synapses.

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Tags: Correlative Microscopy, Electron and Ion Microscopy, X-ray Microscopy

ZEISS licenses Differential Intensity Processing (SR-DIP) from VIB BioImaging Core for fluorescence microscope systems

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Laser-scanning confocal microscopy, which enables scientists to construct 3D representations of objects in the range of hundreds of nanometer, has been the workhorse and method of choice for imaging for decades now and has revolutionized our view of biology and life sciences. Scientists at the VIB BioImaging Core, Belgium have taken the potential of confocal microscopy across the diffraction barrier by using innovative software-based image analysis tools. This new, patented methodology now makes this possible through a collaboration between VIB and German microscopy leader ZEISS.

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Tags: Airyscan, Confocal Microscopy, Light Microscopy

ZEISS supports educational outreach project with high-end microscope objectives

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Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy (LSFM) combines the advantages of fast wide field detection and optical sectioning and is perfectly suited to image large and moving samples at cellular resolution. Its underlying principles are easily understood with basic knowledge in optics or photography. Still, little is known to the public about microscopy in general and LSFM in particular. To change this, a team of scientists has built a robust and easy to operate light sheet microscope for a museum exhibition.

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Tags: Light sheet Microscopy

New Center for 4D Materials Science a collaboration between Arizona State University, ZEISS, and US Office of Naval Research

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A new research center, devoted to studying the structure of advanced, high-performance materials in three dimensions was established within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering earlier this month. Headed by Nik Chawla, Fulton Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and funded by a collaboration between Arizona State University, ZEISS Microscopy and the US Office of Naval Research, the Center for 4D Materials Science, or 4DMS, provides a unique and ground-breaking dimension to materials research — time.

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Tags: Electron and Ion Microscopy, Light Microscopy, X-ray Microscopy

Scientists from universities of Leicester and Cambridge find 'unfossilizable' creature

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Dr Tom Harvey from the Department of Geology, University of Leicester, together with Professor Nicholas Butterfield, University of Cambridge, discovered the new species while conducting a survey of microfossils in mudstones from western Canada. To their surprise, the samples yielded miniscule loriciferans: a type of animal so small it has been considered “unfossilizable”.

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Tags: Electron and Ion Microscopy, Light Microscopy