Surface Science

Company Announcements

PicoQuant entered into an agreement with the Max Planck Society and the German Cancer Center to use gated STED (stimulated emission depletion) technology in its MicroTime 200 STED time-resolved confocal microscope for increased photostability and live-cell capability.

In February, FEI and the Tsinghua University Branch of National Center for Protein Sciences Beijing announced a collaboration to establish a joint training and research program for cryo-electron microscopy in structural biology.

FEI named Anthony L. Trunzo as executive vice president and CFO, effective April 10. Mr. Trunzo previously served as senior vice president, Finance, and CFO at FLIR Systems.

FEI announced in March an agreement with the University of Ulm and CEOS to develop a sub-Ångström low-voltage electron microscope as part of the University’s SALVE project. The collaboration will involve the planned development of an aberration-corrected TEM that is capable of imaging radiation-sensitive materials and selected molecules with molecular- or atomic-scale resolution.

In February, Park Systems announced a joint development project with imec to create in-line AFM metrology solutions for future technology nodes, including a new production protocol. Park joined imec’s Industrial Affiliation Program.

In April Bruker announced an official partnership with the University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute (NGI). The NGI purchased two additional Dimension FastScan AFMs, adding to the five at the facility.

Product Introductions

Park Systems introduced in January the Park NX-Bio, combining ion conductance microscopy with AFM and an inverted microscope on the same platform for in-liquid imaging of nanoscale cell structures.

In February, Olympus released two new configurations, Gantry and inverted microscopes, of its FLUOVIEW FVMPE-RS multiphoton laser scanning–microscope series.

FEI launched the new HeliScan microCT advanced imaging system for the support of imaging, analysis and modeling of reservoir rocks in hydrocarbon assets.

JEOL released the JIB-4610F multibeam milling and imaging FIB-SEM. The standard configuration includes a 3-D analysis function. The annual sales target is 20 systems.

In March, Leica Microsystems introduced the WF FRAP (fluorescence recovery after photobleaching) module for widefield microscopy for the Leica DMi8 inverted research microscope. It features 12 different bleaching masks.

Leica Microsystems launched the Leica EM Cryo CLEM (correlative light and electron microscopy) system. It consists of the DM6000 fluorescence light microscope with cryo-stage, cryo-objective and cryo-transfer shuttle, including a cryo-CLEM objective for defining fluorescence-labeled target structures up to 100 nm in size.

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