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Abril 2021

Imaging Enhanced: Today´s Raman Microscopy Applications

We're hosting a half-day virtual symposium in cooperation with Spectroscopy Online that will take place on May 19th at 1 p.m. EDT. 

This event will feature scientific talks from researchers in academia and industry. Exciting and resonant topics of presentations will include microplastics, 2D materials, human health, biology, geoscience and electrochemistry. The theoretical foundations of Raman imaging will also be covered and the considerations involved in achieving the very highest spectral and spatial resolution will be detailed. 

The first session is titled: Raman Imaging and its Potential in Earth & Life Sciences, while the second is: Raman Imaging for Comprehensive Materials Research. Question and answer forums will follow each session.

We cordially invite you to visit the conference page to view the full program and to register:

https://www.spectroscopyonline.com/view/imaging-enhanced-today-s-raman-microscopy-applications-a-sponsored-virtual-symposium

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Febrero 2021

WITec ParticleScout™ Enhanced with New Features

The cutting edge of Raman-based microparticle characterization gets even sharper

Ulm, Germany  
February 1, 2021

WITec GmbH, the pace-setting leader in Raman microscope technology, has enhanced its ParticleScout automated particle analysis tool to offer even greater speed and versatility for finding, classifying and identifying microparticles. 

ParticleScout now includes integration time optimization that uses the signal to noise ratio to determine how long each particle is measured for identification. This not only greatly reduces overall measurement time, but also minimizes the effects of fluorescence.

“The first release of ParticleScout was a response to the general demand for a microparticle analysis system built around Raman spectroscopy,” says Harald Fischer, Marketing Director at WITec. “This version is driven by direct feedback from researchers and their specific requirements in laboratories focused on environmental research, food science, pharmaceutics and many other applications.”

The enhanced ParticleScout has added image processing features such as vignetting correction, smart zoom that displays particle information dynamically depending on viewed area, and multiple sample area targeting. These conveniences are complemented by the integration and possible combination of dark-field, bright-field, epifluorescence and transmission sample illumination.

A software routine has been introduced to accelerate measurements of round samples such as filters that contain homogeneously distributed particles. It allows a wedge section to be selected for analysis and the results can then be extrapolated to represent the whole. Another innovation is the smart separation of closely adjacent or touching particles. This is especially useful for densely packed, heterogeneous samples.

Data post-processing with WITec’s TrueMatch™ Raman database management software is updated as well, including the ability to identify individual components in mixed spectra. Hit quality index (HQI) calculation is also optimized with automatic noise reduction and substrate spectra removal. Together these advances enable a new degree of precision in sample characterization.

Finally, the quantitative report that summarizes the results of a ParticleScout investigation can now be formatted with pre-configured templates such as tables, bar graph histograms or pie charts for clear and effective data presentation.

For more on the very latest in automated particle analysis technology, please visit our product page:
www.witec.de/particlescout/

ParticleScout's new integration time optimization feature: Time saving and efficient

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Diciembre 2020

alpha300 apyron nominado como mejor producto de espectroscopia del 2020

El microscopio Raman de WITec, alpha300 apyron totalmente automatizado, ha sido nominado para los premios SelectScience Scientists' Choice Awards en la categoría de "Mejor producto de espectroscopia del año 2020". Estamos muy agradecidos de estar en la competencia por este premio, y sinceramente apreciamos el apoyo que nuestros clientes han expresado por nuestro más avanzado microscopio.

Los premios SelectScience Scientists' Choice Awards son parte de una competencia, que involucra a toda la industria y que se celebra cada año, para destacar los productos de laboratorio que han sido más útiles para los científicos en su trabajo. Los propios investigadores nominan, revisan y votan directamente para determinar a los ganadores.

El apyron alpha300 aporta un nuevo nivel de automatización a la microscopía de imágenes correlativas Raman, al ofrecer capacidades de auto-optimización y operación remota. Sus componentes motorizados controlados por software aceleran la configuración experimental a la vez que reducen la carga de trabajo del usuario, y los investigadores que trabajan desde casa o utilizan recintos ambientales como cajas de guantes pueden adquirir datos con el clic de un ratón.

Vote aquí por el apyron alpha300 y podrá ganar una tarjeta de regalo Amazon por US$500/£400/€450.

https://www.selectscience.net/editorial-articles/vote-for-best-new-general-lab-and-analytical-chemistry-products-in-the-scientists-choice-awards/?artID=53402

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Diciembre 2020

WITec apoya al Centro de Descubrimiento Albert Einstein con 5.000 Euros

Este año, en lugar de enviar regalos de Navidad a sus clientes, WITec GmbH donará 5.000 euros a la Asociación del Centro de Descubrimiento Albert Einstein. "Como fabricante de sistemas de microscopía procedentes de Ulm, y a través de nuestra estrecha conexión con la física, es especialmente importante para nosotros ayudar a hacer realidad el Albert Einstein Discovery Center", subrayó el Dr. Olaf Hollricher, cofundador y jefe de investigación y desarrollo de WITec. La donación fue entregada en la sede de WITec en el Parque Científico de Ulm por el Dr. Hollricher y el Dr. Joachim Koenen a la Dra. Nancy Hecker-Denschlag, Presidenta de la Asociación del Albert Einstein Discovery Center. El Dr. Hollricher añadió: "Creo que es un importante esfuerzo crear un lugar que honre a este físico monumental y proporcione una oportunidad de apreciar su trabajo en el lugar de su nacimiento".

La Ciudad de la Ciencia de Ulm debería estar a la altura de su nombre. Hasta ahora no ha habido un museo científico que ilustre las revolucionarias ideas de Albert Einstein, el hijo más famoso y renombrado de la ciudad de Ulm. El futuro centro de experiencias y descubrimientos contará la historia de la vida de Albert Einstein y presentará sus teorías y resultados de investigación. "Tenemos que aprovechar el impulso que ahora existe y avanzar para construir pronto este museo", explica el Dr. Olaf Hollricher. La Dra. Nancy Hecker-Denschlag, presidenta de la Asociación del Centro de Descubrimientos Albert Einstein, expresó su felicidad con la respuesta: "Es estupendo que tantas empresas de éxito de Ulm participen en el proyecto. Así que todos estamos tirando en la misma dirección, porque no sólo estamos haciendo algo por Ulm, queremos crear un centro de interés global". Aquellos que deseen unirse a la asociación ya pueden beneficiarse de las conferencias y mesas redondas que organiza y también pronto podrán participar en excursiones que atiendan a los intereses científicos de sus miembros.

Página principal del Centro de Descubrimiento Albert Einstein:
https://einstein.center/?lang=en (en inglés)

(De izquierda a derecha) Dr. Joachim Koenen, Dr. Olaf Hollricher y Dra. Nancy Hecker-Denschlag

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Diciembre 2020

La filial de WITec en Japón y el Instituto de Tecnología de Chiba, cooperan para analizar los microplásticos (< 20 µm)

WITec GmbH, el fabricante alemán de sistemas de alta eficiencia Raman, AFM, SNOM y de microscopía correlativa nanoanalítica, anuncia una nueva cooperación en Japón para el análisis de partículas.

El Dr. Yutaka Kameda, profesor adjunto del Instituto de Tecnología de Chiba (CIT), en Japón, y su equipo han trabajado con gran éxito durante varios años en el análisis de microplásticos en el medio ambiente. Un ejemplo es el desarrollo de un sistema único de cartografía interactiva para microplásticos que utiliza agua de mar recogida en todo el mundo por buques cisterna de la Nippon Yusen Kaisha con un método de muestreo normalizado que garantiza resultados reproducibles. Estos proyectos se centran en partículas con un tamaño de 20 µm o más. Sin embargo, se espera que los microplásticos mucho más pequeños, hasta un tamaño de 1 µm, sean los más problemáticos para todos los organismos.

WITec ha desarrollado la tecnología necesaria para el análisis altamente eficiente y preciso de estas diminutas partículas. Permite la clasificación automatizada, la identificación química y la cuantificación de las partículas en una gran área de muestra. WITec llevará a cabo las mediciones de muestras realizadas en el marco de esta nueva cooperación utilizando estas capacidades.

Durante la reunión de lanzamiento, el Dr. Kameda dijo: "Tenemos varios proyectos en curso y futuros que se ocupan de los microplásticos en el medio ambiente, tales como la vigilancia de las muestras de agua de mar de todo el mundo, así como el análisis del agua del grifo, las aguas residuales, etc. en Japón. Con estos proyectos, nos centramos en partículas con un tamaño superior a 20 micrómetros. Tener un método analítico fiable disponible para microplásticos aún más pequeños sería un gran paso adelante. Además, queremos establecer un método de monitoreo de microplásticos en la atmósfera. Con el aire que respiramos cada día una cantidad sustancial de microplásticos entra en nuestro cuerpo.  Se espera que especialmente las partículas más pequeñas sean muy dañinas para la salud. La cooperación con WITec abre la oportunidad de establecer un método analítico que pueda identificar y cuantificar estas pequeñas partículas en el aire".

Michael Verst, director de WITec en Japón, dijo: "Es un gran honor para nosotros cooperar con la CIT. El Dr. Kameda y su equipo son bien conocidos por su excelente investigación en química ambiental. Sus proyectos de investigación de microplásticos son especialmente apreciados. Estamos convencidos de que la combinación de la tecnología de alto rendimiento de WITec con los conocimientos y la experiencia del Dr. Kameda y su equipo, revelará nuevos conocimientos sobre el estado de nuestro medio ambiente. Se espera que un método analítico preciso y eficiente conduzca a un mejor control ecológico y a la mejora de nuestras condiciones de vida y salud".

El plástico está en todas partes, en nuestra comida, aire, ríos y océanos. Hay indicios de que las partículas muy pequeñas son excepcionalmente peligrosas. Esperamos que nuestra cooperación contribuya de manera importante a una mejor comprensión de este tema.

Izquierda: Dr. Yutaka Kameda - Instituto de Tecnología de Chiba, derecha: Michael Verst - WITec Japón

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Diciembre 2020

WITec China moves into a new Beijing office

To keep pace with the rapid growth of the Chinese market for scientific instruments, WITec’s representative office in Beijing has moved to a larger space, now in the Air China Plaza Tower.

Our new location features a dedicated equipment demonstration laboratory where visitors can experience our latest technologies in person, and see the advantages they provide in action. Our Beijing team is also ready to receive visitors and offer consultations regarding the best instrument configuration for researchers’ individual requirements.

If you have any questions about our microscopes, or if you’re interested in having our applications scientists in China perform measurements on one of your samples, please contact us at the address below:

WITec Beijing Representative Office
德国威泰克(WITec)北京代表处
北京市朝阳区霄云路36号国航大厦1幢13层1307A室,100027
Unit 1307A, Air China Plaza Tower 1, No. 36 Xiaoyun Road,
Chaoyang District, 100027, Beijing, China

+ 86 (0) 10 6590 0577
info.china@witec-instruments.com
www.WITec.de/cn

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Noviembre 2020

WITec Wins Wiley Analytical Science Award 2021

ParticleScout recognized by readers as an outstanding innovation

Ulm, Germany
November 24th, 2020

WITec GmbH, innovator of Raman and correlative imaging microscopes, has received a Wiley Analytical Science Award 2021 for its ParticleScout automated particle analysis tool. ParticleScout won 2nd Place in the category: Spectroscopy and Microscopy.

This award celebrates outstanding innovation in equipment used for scientific analysis. A neutral jury of experts at Wiley created a shortlist from the full range of submissions, and then the readers of the print and digital editions of Wiley Analytical Science’s portfolio of journals voted for their favorites. The winners were announced during the Wiley Analytical Science Conference 2020.

“We’re very honored that ParticleScout has been recognized with this award, especially as it was chosen directly by Wiley’s readers,” said Harald Fischer, Marketing Director at WITec. “Being selected as a finalist and then supported by so many individuals I think reflects the strength of our technology, and also a wider awareness that precisely measuring microparticles and microplastics in our environment is an important and timely capability.”

ParticleScout is an advanced particle analysis tool that uses white light and Raman microscopy, a fast, label-free and non-destructive chemical characterization method, to find, classify, identify and quantify microparticles. It streamlines the entire microparticle analysis workflow, increasing the rate at which measurements can be performed and the number of particles that can be evaluated.

ParticleScout’s features include the ability to detect particles less than 1 µm in size, a variety of user-definable Boolean filters for particle categorization, and full integration with a Raman spectral database management software for sample component identification.

WITec ParticleScout product page:
https://www.witec.de/particlescout/

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Noviembre 2020

WITec Headquarters Expansion Update

We’ve produced aerial drone footage of our headquarters expansion that shows its current state of construction. The work is progressing quickly and the scale of the addition that will double capacity at our core facility is clearly visible. We look forward to the new spaces for production, development, shipping, product demonstrations and many other uses that it will offer when completed.

See the video below for a view of the changes to WITec’s home in Ulm, Germany. For more details about the design, utility and context of our new building expansion, please refer to the original press release.

Headquarters expansion update video (YouTube):
https://youtu.be/tkVYFiGQoyY

Original headquarters expansion press release:
https://www.witec.de/resources-and-education/news/post/2020/06/291

 

 

WITec Headquarters Expansion - November 2020

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Octubre 2020

Virtual Raman Imaging Poster Summit 2020 Successfully Concludes

Online event showcased the latest research and drew international participation

WITec GmbH, the driver of innovation in Raman and correlative microscopy, has completed hosting its first entirely online scientific conference.

The Virtual Raman Imaging Poster Summit 2020 was organized as a substitute for the renowned Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium. WITec wanted to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the exciting chemical characterization research that continues to advance while the scientific community is distributed. It was a response to the uncertainty and travel restrictions imposed by the ongoing pandemic, and it was a resounding success.

Over 250 people took part and 55 scientific posters were submitted in four different categories. The range of applications included the analysis of active ingredient and excipient distribution in pharmaceutical tablets, characterization of battery materials, detection of microplastic particles, cancer diagnosis, chemical analyses of organoids and polymer fibers in 3D, bacterial signaling investigation, analysis of microinclusions in arctic ice, extremely high-pressure Raman measurements, strain analyses in semiconductors, and many more.

“We were cautiously optimistic that the community would embrace the online conference format to share their recent work, and then the reaction far exceeded our expectations,” described WITec Marketing Director Harald Fischer. “The diversity, both scientifically and geographically, of the posters submitted really reflected the widespread adoption of Raman imaging.”

Discussions were carried out on the platform’s chat function and participants cast their votes for the Best Poster Award, which was won by Dr. Nathalie Jung (Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany) for her presentation titled, “Chemically-selective visualisation of organoids and their interaction with hydrogel matrices.”

The Virtual Raman Imaging Poster Summit and the thoroughly international engagement it produced has encouraged WITec to continue developing online event formats while the company looks forward to bringing the Raman imaging community back together in person. The Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium will return for its 17th occasion from September 27th through the 29th, 2021 in Ulm, Germany.

Virtual Raman Imaging Poster Summit 2020 review page:
www.raman-symposium.com/previous-symposia/review-2020

Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium home page:
www.raman-symposium.com

Dr. Nathalie Jung – Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany – Winner of the Best Poster Award (© Nathalie Jung)

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Agosto 2020

WITec Announces Virtual Raman Imaging Poster Summit 2020

Online conference offers the Raman community a forum for scientific exchange

Ulm, Germany
August 11th, 2020

WITec GmbH, technology leader in Raman microscopy, is hosting its first Virtual Raman Imaging Poster Summit from September 28th to October 2nd, 2020.  

This online conference offers the worldwide Raman community the chance to present and discuss their work from the convenience of their homes or home laboratories. Session topics will include: Life Sciences, Biomedical and Pharma Research, Advanced Materials Analysis, Environmental and Geosciences, and Correlative Imaging Applications.

The Virtual Raman Imaging Poster Summit takes the place of the Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium in the calendar of premiere events for chemical imaging and spectroscopy. The annual Symposium is acclaimed for both the diversity of the disciplines represented in its presentations, and its sociable atmosphere. The Virtual Raman Imaging Poster Summit will preserve both of these qualities while moving to a distributed format in response to the ongoing pandemic.

As expressed by Harald Fischer, Marketing Director at WITec, “We can’t wait to see what the Raman community has been up to. Even in these uncertain times, scientific progress continues and people are understandably excited about their latest discoveries. The Virtual Raman Imaging Poster Summit is in 2020 the best platform for sharing that excitement.”

Participants will be able to discuss the research presented through an online chat tool and send questions directly to the poster authors. To conclude the event, everyone will have the chance to vote for their favorite in the Best Poster Award competition. The deadline to submit an abstract for the conference is September 15th, 2020.

For further details, please see the Virtual Poster Summit 2020 homepage:
www.raman-symposium.com/virtual-poster-summit

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