Customer Story

Simulated ocular surgery on high fidelity model eyes

Stereo microscopes for teaching future ophthalmologists

Ophthalmologists require years of training and continuous practice to successfully master the skills needed to perform ophthalmic surgery. Development of the fine motor skills and getting a feel for the ocular tissues are crucial parts of simulated ocular surgery training. Over the last ten years, a combination of high fidelity model eyes, which replicate the look and feel of the human eye and Virtual Reality simulators, have enabled trainees to develop these skills away from patients and demonstrate their competence before they perform live surgery. ZEISS Stemi 305 stereo microscopes now form an integral part of the pan-European training initiative John Ferris, Head of the School of Ophthalmology in the South West of England, is running with the French based pharmaceutical company Thea. Over the last 12 months, they have run eight large surgical workshops in the UK, Spain, France and Holland, with more planned for 2018.


The “Give a Schram Campaign”

ZEISS Primo Star microscopes for Lyon College

For 25 years, Mark Schram, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, USA, had one dream: to equip an entire biology lab with new microscopes and related software. Thanks to the generous donations of college supporters who share his dream, ZEISS was able to equip the Lyon College biology department with 24 ZEISS Primo Star microscopes last month. Lyon’s biology professors use the instruments to teach a number of courses, including Principles of Biology II, Genetics, Microbiology, and Histology.


Describing a new species using light and scanning electron microscopy

Oberonia aureolabris – a new addition to the world of orchids

Daniel L. Geiger, Curator of Malacology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, recently discovered and named a new orchid species. In addition to macrophotography, he used light, stereo and electron microscopes from ZEISS. One of the distinguishing characteristics is the golden-orange color of the flower. And that is how he came up with the name for the species: ‘aureo’ (Latin for golden) and ’labris’ (Latin for lip): Oberonia aureolabris.


ZEISS Digital Classrooms for Medical Laboratory Technicians

Interactive techniques for laboratory investigation

The Medical Laboratory Technician training program focuses on histology, clinical chemistry, microbiology and hematology, studying bodily fluids and tissue samples to detect pathogens. Other key aspects of the training include equipment and quality management. All of this makes the microscope one of the most important tools. By connecting them with one another you can create a digital classroom, where the lecturer can view live images from all of the microscopes on his iPad at any one time.


3D quantitative analysis of snow compaction

The X-ray microtomography lab at Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden shares interesting insights

The research goal at the X-ray microtomography lab at Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden is to develop methods and tools that help us better understand heterogeneous materials and how they behave in different environments, and at different spatial scales.

The snow sample represents fresh snow acquired only minutes after snowfall. The width of the snow crystal is approximately 0.85 mm. The width (diameter) of the center tunnel ranges from 60 micron (at the entrance) to 220 micron on the opposite side.


Microscopic studies of ancient concrete could teach us to do as the Romans did

Many Roman concrete structures still stand strong today. It has long puzzled scientists as to how they remain intact more than 2000 years later, whether fully immersed in seawater or partly immersed in shoreline environments. And not only have these structures stood the test of time, they have even become stronger. With the help of ZEISS EVO and MERLIN Compact, a group of scientists based in China, Italy and the US have discovered the secret ingredient that could revolutionize the way concrete is manufactured today.


Advancing the next generation of batteries

A research group at the University College London is using X-ray microscopy to study the inner-workings of batteries and fuel cells

The Electrochemical Innovation Laboratory at University College London (UCL) is using microscopy to study the inner-workings of batteries and fuel cells. ZEISS Xradia 810 Ultra enables them to study the evolution of microstructure with down to 50 nm resolution, revealing the fine details of Li-ion batteries in 3D. Combined with the high penetrating power and sub-micron resolution of ZEISS Xradia 520 Versa, the research team at UCL is able to achieve multi-scale results, relating large features in the package to the complex pore pathways within the electrode layers and separators.


Helium ions image bacteria-attacking virus

ZEISS ORION NanoFab contributes to publication in Advanced Biosystems

Helium ions have been used to image viruses attacking bacteria. These bacteriophages viruses represent a possible alternative to antibiotics for treating bacterial infections.

A team from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland has turned to helium ion microscopy. With the help of ZEISS ORION NanoFab they were able to produce high-resolution images of bacteriophages–bacteria interactions at different stages of infection, and also demonstrated the feasibility of using neon and helium milling techniques to reveal subsurface structures.


ZEISS Digital Classrooms at universities

Interactive techniques for classroom experiments and rehearsals may upgrade your university

Microscopy is an essential part of the life and earth sciences at universities. Students use microscopes to gain deeper insight into preparing and examining human, animal or plant cells. For this, they need various microscopy techniques and software for image acquisition and documentation in their lectures. And this is where the Digital Classroom comes into play: connected ZEISS microscopes, the ZEISS imaging software Labscope and digital equipment such as tablets enable an interactive approach to learning and create a motivating and engaging atmosphere for students. They are also inspired by the possibility of working with the tools they use in their everyday lives at university.


Analyzing 3D Microstructure of Hypereutectic Al-30Si Alloy with ZEISS X-ray Microscopy

Phase Contrast Tomography for Quantitative Analysis

Contemporary high performance structural materials like hypereutectic Al-Si alloy is an attractive class of engineering material that finds application in many critical electronic purposes.  Researchers at Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL) in India used a novel approach of friction stir processing (FSP), a variant of severe plastic deformation process, for microstructural refinement.  In an international collaboration between the NMRL and ZEISS Microscopy, non-destructive three dimensional X-ray imaging, performed with ZEISS Xradia 520 Versa was used to investigate the microstructural modifications obtained by FSP on the Al-30Si alloy.