Major improvements in workflow offerings for materials science core facilities introduced

Analytics, tomography, sample preparation and data integrity enhanced

Jena/Germany | 27 July 2019 | ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions

ZEISS introduces new capabilities for ZEISS ion beam microscopes, which cover advancements in analytics, tomography, sample preparation and data integrity. This brings new possibilities in engineering materials, energy materials, soft materials and geosciences covering megatrends in additive manufacturing, battery and photovoltaic research, building materials and nanomaterials.


Introducing SIMS solutions for elemental analysis across the ZEISS Crossbeam family adds a significant analytical capability to ZEISS ion beam microscopes. This is complemented with the new Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) detection introduced for the latest member of the ZEISS Crossbeam family, ZEISS Crossbeam 350, as well as on ZEISS Crossbeam 550.

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Nano forsterite: Identification of fragile microscopic structures during mineral transformations in wet supercritical CO2 images acquired with ZEISS ORION NanoFab. Kindly provided by Bruce W. Arey and Andrew R. Felmy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, USA.


As part of the introduction of the new focused ion beam scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM), ZEISS Crossbeam 350, ZEISS introduces enhanced workflows for 3D tomography to ensure class leading 3D data volume generation. Quantified and calibrated measurement of z-slice thickness allows for near perfect reconstruction of tomogram slices into a reconstructed volume. An update of the ZEISS Atlas 5 hardware and software package improves 3D analysis (static electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD)), correlative workflows and definition of slice thickness. This so-called “True Z technology” ensures high quality FIB-SEM tomography.

Sample Preparation

The new loading station and sample holder for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) lamella preparation brings more ease-of-use to the TEM lamella preparation workflow and ensures a smooth transition of the sample to the TEM for further analysis.

Data Integrity

High speed and high quality data acquisition is further complemented with a release of ZEISS ZEN Intellesis, a machine learning-based segmentation software. ZEISS Crossbeam 3D datasets are fully compatible with this suite of image processing and segmentation software. This ensures data integrity is maintained as data acquisition speed and quality are improved. Texture-based classification provided by this software enables previously hidden information to be extracted from samples ranging from fiber composites to reservoir rocks.

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Vybhav Sinha
ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions
Phone: +49 3641 64 3949
vybhav .sinha @zeiss .com 


ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling more than 5.8 billion euros in its four segments Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology, Consumer Markets and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (status: 30 September 2018).

For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.

With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future far beyond the optics and optoelectronics industries. The company's significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS' technology and market leadership.

With approximately 30,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 60 of its own sales and service companies, more than 30 production sites and around 25 development sites. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Germany committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG.

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ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions

ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions is the world's only one-stop manufacturer of light, electron, X-ray and ion microscope systems and offers solutions for correlative microscopy. The portfolio comprises of products and services for life sciences, materials and industrial research, as well as education and clinical practice. The unit is headquartered in Jena. Additional production and development sites are located in Oberkochen, Göttingen and Munich, as well as in Cambridge in the UK, and in Peabody, MA and Pleasanton, CA in the USA. ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions is part of the Industrial Quality & Research segment.

Press Contact

Vybhav Sinha
ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions
Phone: +49 3641 64 3949
vybhav .sinha @zeiss .com 

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