Customer Story

How do ZEISS microscopes contribute to solving major future questions of mankind? Explore fascinating stories from our customers.

Rice Rice Baby!

Agricultural research using X-ray microscopy

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In order to identify the structural differences between rice varieties and different parts, microscopic observation is necessary. ZEISS X-ray microscopy enables researchers to observe the inner structure with a 3D non-destructive method, which provides a new tool for rice and other agricultural research. In order to develop the application of X-ray microscopy with rice, the Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, SIBS, CAS and ZEISS cooperated on the imaging study of rice samples.


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Discovery in telomere biology advances understanding of cancer, ageing and heart disease

ZEISS Airyscan technology helps to reveal telomere structure

A team of Sydney scientists – including Katharina Gaus from University of New South Wales (UNSW) – have made a groundbreaking discovery in telomere biology with implications for conditions ranging from cancer to ageing and heart disease. The unique area detector technology of ZEISS LSM 880 with Airyscan made it possible to image telomere structures.


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University Liège becomes labs@location Partner for ZEISS

Providing in depth knowledge and dedicated services

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GeMMe of University Liège, Belgium is now a labs@location partner of ZEISS. Focusing on the circular economy, construction materials, process mineralogy, geometallurgy as well as extractive metallurgy & recycling. Professor Pirard and his team use a correlative setup from ZEISS incorporating a ZEISS Sigma 300 FE-SEM with Mineralogic Mining software, SEM mounted µXRF system and ZEISS Axio Imager research grade polarization light microscope to understand important topics in the mining value chain. This analytical powerhouse is the only such setup in Europe to date.


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Sharing knowledge

A day in Boston

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His job is unique. Sven Terclavers is an imaging specialist at ZEISS Microscopy. Working on behalf of the Harvard Center for Biological Imaging, he is responsible for 13 microscope systems and provides consulta­tion for scientists on the proper use of these instruments. He also supports the ZEISS 3D Imaging Specialists Sales team.


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The amazing world of nature’s hidden life

Stereo microscopes for Eden Project in Cornwall

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Under a shining cluster of gigantic bubbles in Cornwall perhaps the most important garden in the world is growing. The newest addition to the Eden Project is the Invisible Worlds exhibition. Providing insights into the segmentation of a millipede to the multiple lenses of a fly’s eye, ZEISS stereo microscopes are an invaluable resource for the narrators, as well as a wonderful experience for visitors.


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Microplastics in the marine environment

ZEISS helps to highlight an invisible problem of global scale

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Plastic litter in the oceans is a global problem. Microplastics, largely invisible to the naked eye, are the most common type of plastic in the ocean and thus also on beaches. The small size of microplastics, however, means this plastic can affect the very base of the marine food chain in a similar fashion when planktonic organisms become entangled or eat the plastic with devastating consequences. Once microplastics have entered the base of the food chain, they can then be passed upwards and toxins are spread throughout the chain.


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Fighting Fungi

Eliminating fungal infections with the help of ZEISS microscopes

Fighting Fungi

Fungal infections are highly dangerous – and sometimes even life-threatening. For the last four
years, scientists from Jena and Würzburg have been investigating the mechanisms of fungi at the Transregional Collaborative Research Center, FungiNet, which is sponsored by the German Research Association (DFG). The facility also uses ZEISS microscopes. Dr. Axel Brakhage provides some insights into his work.


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Life begins with ZEISS

ZEISS microscopes support assisted reproductive technologies

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In an average class of 30 children, there is one child who was not conceived naturally. Today, there are several assisted reproductive technologies that can help couples unable to conceive naturally to have the baby they so desire. In addition to conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF), which involves spontaneous fertilization in a glass petri dish, there is also intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), which involves injecting a single sperm into the prepared egg cell under a microscope using a micromanipulator.


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How ZEISS microscopes support chip manufacturers

Looking inside structures of failed devices and finding out why they failed

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ZEISS light, electron and ion microscopes are used throughout the manufacturing process for 2D and 3D surface imaging, to measure volumes just as well as linear dimensions or cross sections. Another common use for 3D imaging is failure analysis. Chip manufacturers use ZEISS technology to look inside structures of failed devices for clues to why they failed, helping to create more stable and reliable products for the future.


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