APEER helps to analyze all imaging data and unveils new perspectives
In a number of projects, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in the German city of Halle investigate the interactions between teeth and various dental care products – mainly toothbrushes and toothpastes. The researchers are focusing primarily on structural-morphological and chemical factors and abrasion resistance. They work with techniques from the areas of microstructural analysis and material science. With the help of light scanning electron and X-ray microscopes, they characterize the microstructure of eroded tooth surfaces.
A large number of images to evaluate
IMWS researchers typically acquire many images from different kinds of interactions between toothbrushes and toothpaste, but only analyze very few of them and try to derive some general trends from these.
APEER now provides new perspectives:
“With APEER, we can now take all the data and extract from all the data by correlation trends which we might not have seen before. In addition, we need fewer people to do this and our highly skilled staff can essentially focus on more creative parts: how we can design your toothpaste or how the design of a new toothbrush would look”, says Professor Ralf Wehrspohn, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS.