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news30eueuJuly/August 2017 | MicroscopyandAnalysisPark Systems has unveiled the Park NX12, described as an affordable versatile platform for analytical chemistry and electrochemistry researchers and multi-user facilities.The system features a versatile inverted optical microscope-based SPM platform for scanning ion conductance microscopy, scanning electrochemical microscopy, and scanning electrochemical cell microscopy, in addition to AFM for research on a broad range of materials from organic to inorganic, transparent to opaque, soft to hard. "We just purchased Park NX12 because we wanted a high quality research grade, easy to use, versatile, and high resolution AFM/SICM/STM platform," comments Professor Yixian Wang from the Yixiam Wang Laboratory at Cal State LA."The Park NX12 was the only comprehensive platform that could perform all SPM techniques (AFM/STM/Pipette based SICM) while also utilizing IOM, for the nanoscale measurement flexibility we needed," he adds.The Inverted Optical Microscope (IOM) feature is designed to work with transparent samples using a pipette based technique and utilizes PinPoint mode in liquid for nanomechanical characterization.The system is suited for advanced research on materials such as membranes, organic devices and electronics, and biological and pathological samples.Zeiss has incorporated Quorum Technologies' Q150T carbon and sputter coater into its analytical solutions for mining, geosciences and oil and gas sectors.A key application of Zeiss's geosciences business, with its automated mineralogy software, is to provide data on mineral processing plant products from mining companies.Zeiss supplies a mine-site mineralogical analyser – MinSCAN – comprising sample preparation equipment and a " ruggedized" SEM.Key to reproducible sample preparation is a Quorum Q150T providing high resolution carbon and sputter coating.Each 30 mm standard sample requires reproducible, uniform, thin coatings.Carbon coating is used in perhaps 80% of the applications where mineral particles are being investigated.For oil and gas applications, the ability of having a thin coating becomes most important when making porosity measurements, and also reduces imaging artefacts.As Shaun Graham from Zeiss, Cambridge, UK, says: " The Q150 series has been chosen based on its proven extremely reliable performance in what is usually a difficult environment far removed from the traditional research bench."" The coater has to be available 24/7 as the failure to be able to coat a complete batch of daily samples in a day will risk loss of profit through the lack of actionable data from thatdays production," he adds. new The Park NX12 features an inverted optical microscope-based SPM platform for electrochemical imagingPark Systems introduces Park NX12Zeiss selects Quorum carbon and sputter coater 800.237.3526Microscopy Products for Science and IndustryHigh Precision Carbon Coating with Voltage Controlled Evaporation SourcesCressington 208CYour single source for all Thin Film Deposition Supplies.Carbon CoatingMetal Evaporation, Aperture Cleaning & Glow Discharge208C AccessoriesCarbon Rod ShaperPELCO easiShaper™

news31eueuMicroscopyandAnalysis | July/August 2017Bruker, US, has acquired Germany-based Luxendo, a spin-off of The European Molecular Biology Laboratory and supplier of microscopes that use Single Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM).SPIM is a fluorescence microscopy technique that uses a focused light-sheet to illuminate the specimen from the side.The technology enables scientists to study entire living organisms in detail, thanks to its ability to rapidly image large, 3D samples with minimal damage.To make this technology available to the scientific community, EMBL and its technology transfer arm, EMBLEM Technology Transfer, created Luxendo as a spin-off company in 2015, with seed financing from EMBL Ventures and Life Science Partners (LSP). The spin-off's first two products, MuVi-SPIM and InVi-SPIM were launched in 2016." It has been very rewarding to witness the rapid trajectory from pioneering technology developed at EMBL to Luxendo's well-designed, robust microscopes, and now this acquisition," said EMBL Director General Iain Mattaj." We anticipate that Bruker... will make SPIM even more widely available," he adds. " It will be truly exciting to see what the larger biological research community will discover with light-sheet microscopy."Bruker buys SPIM start-upThe Francis Crick Institute, UK, has selected the Phasefocus Livecyte label-free cell analysis system for its Light Microscopy facility.As Dr Kurt Anderson, leader of the Light Microscopy Science Technology Platform at the Francis Crick Institute, says: "We were attracted to the Livecyte by the unique combination of innovative optics and powerful image analysis software."Phasefocus products are based on its Ptychographic Quantitative Phase Imaging (QPI) technology with Livecyte enabling quantitative label-free live cell analysis.With robust automatic tracking and behavioral analysis of hundreds of individual cells within heterogeneous cell populations, it is now possible to image without the need for intrusive dyes or labels.According to Phasefocus, unique morphological, temporal, and dynamic phenotypic data make it simple to gain new biological insights and accelerate research.Crick selects Phasefocus LivecyteImage of MuVi-SPIM a light-sheet microscope developed at EMBL and commercialised by Luxendo. 800.237.3526Microscopy Products for Science and IndustryVariable Sputter Current and Argon PressureHigh Resolution Coating with a choice of 15 Metals Including IridiumCressington 208HRYour single source for all Specimen Coating Supplies.Sputter CoatingWide Selection of Sample HoldersRotary Stagesfor All Coater BrandsSputter Targets5N Purity Au Targets Now Available