Surface Science

Company Announcements

Rosario National University in Argentina opened the Nikon International Center for Microscopy and Excellence in Latin America in December 2014, the first such site in Latin America.

JPK Instruments opened its first US-based offices in Southern California in January.

ZEISS sublicensed its Lattice light-sheet microscopy rights to Intelligent Imaging Innovations.

ZEISS Microscopy revenue for the year ending September 30, 2014, grew 4%, 7% after currency adjustments, to €656 million ($886 million) to make up 15% of ZEISS revenues, as healthy demand from industrial customers offset modest demand from the public sector.

In December 2014, Clemex appointed Board member Yves Bassat as interim president and CEO.

In January, JEOL USA formed a strategic partnership with the University of California Irvine’s Materials Research Institute. The new electron-microscopy cluster, the JEOL Center for Nanoscale Solutions, will house JEOL TEMs.

Product Introductions

ZEISS launched in November 2014 the ZEISS MultiSEM 505, which features a capture speed of 1,220 megapixels per second at a pixel size of 4 nm. It can be used for imaging neural tissue for brain research.

ZEISS introduced new microscope hardware and software for imaging of cleared tissue, including the ZEISS Lightsheet Z.1 microscope and Arivis’ Vision4D modular software package.

ZEISS released in January the compact, affordable LSM 800 confocal laser-scanning microscope for high-end confocal imaging, featuring fast linear scanning.

Leica Microsystems launched in December 2014 the Leica HyD SMD (single-molecule detection) universal hybrid photodetector for fluorescence-correlation spectroscopy and fluorescence-lifetime measurement. It is fully integrated into the spectral-detection system of the Leica TCS SP8 confocal-microscopy platform.

In December 2014, Nikon Instruments introduced the Ti-diSPIM, which combines selective plane illumination (light sheet) with an inverted research microscope for high-speed 4D imaging. It features Applied Scientific Instrument’s diSPIM hardware.

Oxford Instruments released AZtecFeature software, which can automatically detect and characterize particles present in a sample, reporting on each particle’s position, morphology and chemical composition.

EDAX introduced the Element Silicon Drift Detector product line for industrial markets. It features a small footprint and application-specific software.

Bruker launched the BioScope Resolve AFM System for cell-mechanics characterization. It provides real-time correlation of AFM and optical-microscopy data sets.

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