Organizing images from any source to connect multi-modal data

ZEISS ZEN Connect for the materials research lab

Jena/Germany | 04 March 2019 | ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions

ZEISS ZEN Connect software module is now available for materials researchers at universities, multi-user facilities or industrial labs. It enables users to bring all imaging technologies together – ZEISS or otherwise – to answer their questions.

ZEISS ZEN Connect always shows data in context and offers materials researchers at universities, multi-user facilities or industrial labs unique insights while saving time.

Gaining unique insights and saving time

ZEISS ZEN Connect allows users to align and overlay images from any source. Researchers can use the workflow of ZEISS ZEN Connect to go from a quick overview image in a light microscope to advanced imaging with a high resolution system. The overview image for navigation and all subsequent images will automatically be shown in context. The multi-modal data is then saved in well-organized projects with intuitive image label

Correlative Workspace

The Correlative Workspace makes it possible to zoom in from the full macroscopic view of the sample down to nanoscale details. A comprehensive, sample-centric correlative environment handles multi-scale and multi-modal images.

Smart Data Management

As digitization continues to improve microscopic investigations, users are facing an ever-growing mass of images and data that needs to be managed, especially in multi-user laboratories. ZEISS ZEN Connect supports various image formats: CZI, TIF, JPG, BMP, RAW, and many more. ZEISS ZEN Data Storage separates image and data acquisition from post-acquisition works, making everyone in the lab work more efficiently.

Materials research in various areas benefits from ZEISS ZEN Connect

When users aim to characterize the properties of their sample comprehensively, they need to combine multiple microscopy modalities or contrasting techniques.

For example, the future of e-mobility depends on gaining a better understanding of permanent magnets. Researchers can draw conclusions about the correlation between sample morphology and magnetic parameters. By imaging large regions with a light microscope and additionally visualizing magnetic domains with Kerr microscopy, they are able to identify promising magnetic phases. Using an electron microscope, nanometer-scaled features become visible and provide a deeper understanding of the morphology of these phases. Detected features are connected across length scales and imaging modalities.

Furthermore, materials research on e.g. inclusions in calcium-treated steel, oil recovery, or carbon capture and storage also benefits from the capability of ZEISS ZEN Connect of bringing multi-modal microscopy techniques together. Research on e.g. the anisotropy of steel is facilitated by permitting access to imaging and analytical data in order to correlate morphology to chemical composition and thus gain a better understanding of the materials’ properties. Geoscientists who investigate carbonate rocks profit from insights into pore structure and volume at different scales.
ZEISS ZEN Connect links data to context at all times during these experiments.

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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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