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Insights from M&M 2019

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

Allister McBride, Senior Director at ZEISS

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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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

Community college students during an online lesson

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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Understanding the Toxicity of Nanoparticles

Physico-chemical characterization provides more information

The npSCOPE research project

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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“Without Microscopes, Restorers Would Be Blind.”

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

Svetlana B. Adaksina at the Art of Restoration conference

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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The Natural History Museum London – Behind the Scenes 3

Conserving and digitizing butterflies

ZEISS Axiozoom V.16 helps to repair butterfly wings.

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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The Natural History Museum London – Behind the Scenes 2

Making the invisible tangible

A high-resolution 3D model of a dinosaur skull

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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The Natural History Museum London – Behind the Scenes 1

From mosquito DNA to Martian meteorites

Facilities of the Natural History Museum London

The Natural History Museum (NHM) in London is not only a world-famous museum with around 5 million visitors per year, but also a world leading research institution with more than 350 scientists in earth and life sciences working on major scientific questions about our past and our future.


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“The Hydrogen Era Is yet to Come”

The role of fuel cells in the energy transition

Analyzing the microstructure of fuel cells

Fuel cells generate electricity emission-free and could therefore play a crucial role in all areas of energy supply in future. Professor Ellen Ivers-Tiffée and Dr. André Weber from the Institute for Applied Materials – Materials of Electrical Engineering (IAM-WET) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are working on the optimization of these fuel cells. For more than 20 years, they have studied electrochemical energy conversion.


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State Hermitage Museum – the First Labs@Location Partner of ZEISS in Russia

More than 1,000 analyses and studies carried out on ZEISS equipment

The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg becomes the first labs@location Partner for ZEISS in Russia on 4th April 2019

In an official ceremony on 4th April, the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg became the first labs@location Partner for ZEISS in Russia. A joint research and consultation reference center was created on the basis of the State Hermitage’s Department for Scientific Restoration and Conservation.


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Foundation Stone Ceremony for World-Class High-Resolution Microscopy Centre in Heidelberg

ZEISS supports new EMBL Imaging Centre with solutions for correlative microscopy

Rendering of the new EMBL Imaging Centre

The new EMBL Imaging Centre, to be opened in 2021 and located on the campus of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, will give researchers access to the most modern microscopy technologies available. ZEISS supports the centre with solutions for correlative microscopy.


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