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Allister McBride, Head of Materials Science at ZEISSat the ZEISS booth at M&M 2019

Insights from M&M 2019

Observations from a ZEISS executive leader on one of the largest microscopy conferences in the world

Events

The annual Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) conference was recently held in Portland, Oregon, USA. ZEISS is one of the largest sponsors and exhibitors at this meeting for the Microscopy Society of America that is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of techniques and applications of microscopy and microanalysis in all relevant scientific disciplines.

In attendance was Allister McBride, a senior director at ZEISS who is responsible for materials research strategy. This includes understanding new trends in the market, translating those into customer needs, and working with R&D to create innovative solutions. Allister provided the commentary on what he felt were some of the more interesting new trends and topics at this year’s M&M.

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More about the Microscopy Society of America

Read the press release on the new capabilities for ZEISS ion beam microscopes showcased at M&M

Tags: Battery Research, Correlative Microscopy, Electron and Ion Microscopy, Machine Learning, Metals and Steel, X-ray Microscopy

The conservation team at the Imperial Carriage Museum in Vienna

Conservators and Microscopes: A Great Team

A glimpse into the work of the conservation team at the Imperial Carriage Museum in Vienna

Customer Story

If an object – such as an Imperial Carriage – is due to be restored, an extensive examination and inventory is carried out first. Once a detailed conservation or restoration plan has been created, the real work begins.

Microscopic analyses play a big part in this. Matthias Manzini, Isabella Gmeindl and Michaela Morelli describe their conservation work at the Imperial Carriage Museum in Vienna.

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More information on ZEISS stereo and zoom microscopes

Tags: Light Microscopy

APEER Data Analysis

Automating Data Processing in Cancer Research

APEER is helping researchers to analyze data faster and with higher precision

Customer Story

An important aspect of cancer research is understanding why some cancer cells escape chemotherapy and become even more aggressive and resistant to treatment. At the University of Vilnius in Lithuania, Prof. Valius Mindaugas and Nadežda Dreižė use confocal microscopy to understand the impact of selected chemical compounds on the growth and cell signaling behavior of different cancer cell lines. By examining the localization of specific proteins within the cell, with and without chemical treatment, Prof. Mindaugas and his team can draw conclusions about protein function.

To identify significant trends in these types of experiments, thousands of cells must be analyzed in a reproducible manner. Doing this manually is both challenging and time consuming. Prof. Mindaugas and his team were able to utilize APEER for automatic and unbiased analysis of protein localization – resulting in more precise, impactful analyses.

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More about the Mindaugas lab

More information on APEER

Tags: Cell Biology

Prof. Alp Can in front of a ZEISS microscope.

Cellular Therapy Opens up New Perspectives

Professor Alp Can from Ankara University speaks about his research

Customer Story

Professor Alp Can is the director of the Department of Histology and Embryology at Ankara University School of Medicine, and also responsible for the microscopic multi-imaging facility, which hosts many ZEISS microscopes at many levels.

Prof. Can’s main research topic is to investigate the cellular properties of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stromal cells with regard to using them in cellular therapies.

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More information on ZEISS microscope solutions for cell biology

Tags: Confocal Microscopy

Online interface to ZEISS Sigma 500

Inspiring the Next Generation of Nanotechnologists

ZEISS electron microscope used in nanotechnology outreach program to local high school and community college students in greater San Diego area

Customer Story

Opportunities for careers in nanotechnology are expanding. Dr. Yves Theriault at the San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure (SDNI) at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) is developing an outreach program to create awareness about nanotechnology among the local high school and community college student population. This has included developing online tools to enable remote access to UCSD’s highest resolution scanning electron microscope, ZEISS Sigma 500. Students can experience firsthand what it might be like to work in nanotechnology, hopefully inspiring some to continue their career developments in this direction.

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Learn more about SDNI

More information on ZEISS electron microscopes

Tags: Education, Electron and Ion Microscopy

Understanding the Toxicity of Nanoparticles

Physico-chemical characterization provides more information

Customer Story

The nanoparticle-scope (npSCOPE) is a research project funded by the European Commission H2020 bringing together nine partners with the aim of developing a new integrated, optimized instrument to provide a comprehensive physico-chemical characterization of nanoparticles – both in their original form and incorporated into complex matrices such as biological tissue.

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More information on the project

More information on ZEISS ORION NanoFab

Tags: Electron and Ion Microscopy

Correlative Microscopy in Materials Science by Wiley

Correlative Microscopy in Materials Science (Second Edition)

ZEISS & Wiley present free guide

Knowledge

Correlative microscopy allows scientists to study a greater diversity of samples, as some microscopy techniques work better with some materials than others, and to generate a much greater range of information about those samples at various different scales.

The second edition of this Essential Knowledge Briefing (EKB) offers an introduction to correlative microscopy: different techniques, specific benefit, and combinations scientists tend to employ for studying non-biological materials. There are also several case studies detailing specific examples of how scientists have applied correlative microscopy and what it has allowed them to discover.

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Download the free EKB here

Tags: Correlative Microscopy

Svetlana B. Adaksina at the Art of Restoration conference

“Without Microscopes, Restorers Would Be Blind.”

Hermitage Deputy Director and Chief Curator Svetlana B. Adaksina shares some insights

Customer Story

The Art of Restoration conference took place at the world famous State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg in May 2019. The conference was organized for the second time by Hermitage and OPTEC ZEISS Group/ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions.

We spoke to Hermitage Deputy Director and Chief Curator Svetlana B. Adaksina about the conference, restoring Cultural Heritage, and the cooperation with ZEISS.

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Read the blog article on the Hermitage becoming the first labs@location Partner of ZEISS in Russia

Explore how ZEISS microscopes support the Laboratory for Scientific Restoration of Precious Metals at Hermitage

Tags: Electron and Ion Microscopy, Light Microscopy, Software & Digital Imaging, X-ray Microscopy

ZEISS Axiozoom V.16 helps to repair butterfly wings.

The Natural History Museum London – Behind the Scenes 3

Conserving and digitizing butterflies

Customer Story

There is more to an exhibition than what is on display. A lot of a museum’s treasures are behind the scenes and require constant maintenance and protection. There are various materials that are subject to conservation, restoration, and digitization, including textile, paper, books, glass, ceramics, paintings, wood, metals, skeletons, and whole animals.

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Read the introducing blog article about science at NHM

Discover the "Make the visible" project at NHM

Tags: Digital Microscopy, Electron and Ion Microscopy, Light Microscopy, Software & Digital Imaging, X-ray Microscopy

A high-resolution 3D model of a dinosaur skull

The Natural History Museum London – Behind the Scenes 2

Making the invisible tangible

Customer Story

The “Make it visible” project at the Natural History Museum (NHM) London aims to give blind and partially sighted visitors a chance to experience the beauty of nature shown in the exhibition. With the help of microscopes, natural history themed samples are printed in 3D to be used for public outreach activities – which include exhibitions, public and school events.

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Read the introducing blog article about science at NHM

Read the blog article on conserving and digitizing butterflies at NHM

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