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March 2019

ParticleScout, a new analysis tool for faster detection, classification and identification of microparticles

Determine physical and chemical properties with confocal Raman microscopy.

WITec GmbH, pioneer of Raman imaging and correlative microscopy, has introduced ParticleScout, a revolutionary particle analysis tool for the alpha300 Raman microscope series. It enables researchers to find, classify, quantify and identify particles quickly and easily.

ParticleScout delivers a greatly accelerated workflow to the researcher investigating particulate samples while making full use of confocal Raman imaging’s abilities in fast, label-free and nondestructive chemical characterization. It begins by surveying samples with bright and dark field illumination to view the particles they contain. Image Stitching combines many measured areas for a detailed overview of large areas and Focus Stacking allows larger particles to be sharply rendered for accurate outline recognition. The optical images lead to the creation of a mask which is used to physically categorize particles of interest and arrange them in a ranked list. A Raman spectrum is then automatically acquired from each particle.

The Raman spectra are evaluated and the particles they correspond to can be identified manually or by using the seamlessly-integrated WITec TrueMatch Raman database software. This integration of a particle analysis tool with a Raman database is unique in the industry and offers a streamlined experimental environment to boost productivity. Finally, ParticleScout generates a comprehensive report that features user-selectable combinations of filters and advanced algorithms to show the quantities of selected particles and their prevalence relative to other groups. These reports make ParticleScout the perfect tool for finding correlations between the physical and chemical attributes of particles.

From large-area imaging to high-resolution spectroscopy, the technology underlying ParticleScout provides thorough and detailed insight to the researcher in microplastics research, environmental science, pharmaceutical research, geology, food science and many other fields.

“ParticleScout expands our product range into an area that is currently experiencing an enormous boom due to the public debate on microplastics in the environment. Raman spectroscopy is an extremely powerful tool for the rapid identification of these sorts of harmful particles," explains Dr. Joachim Koenen, WITec co-founder and managing director. "In addition, ParticleScout provides an unprecedented level of speed and ease of use in particle analysis with Raman microscopy. With ParticleScout, a time-consuming sequence of individual steps has been transformed into a flowing, continuous and fast process," Koenen continues.

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ParticleScout, a revolutionary particle analysis tool for the alpha300 Raman microscope series.

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February 2019

WITec Now Operating Directly in France

WITec GmbH, leading manufacturer of 3D Raman imaging, correlative and other nano-analytical microscopy systems, has established a new direct representation in France. Located in Lyon, known as a center of the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, the new national presence will allow WITec to better serve the local client base. Sales, after-sales support and event organization for the region will be undertaken by area manager Dr. Philippe Ayasse. Technical support will be provided by Dr. Maxime Tchaya, a scientist with a thorough knowledge of the French market, from company headquarters in Ulm, Germany. Both are specialists in confocal Raman microscopy with years of experience at WITec. The new representation can be reached at the following address:

WITec Representation France
Dr. Philippe Ayasse
11 quai Augagneur
69003 Lyon France
Tel: +33(0) 4 78 84 04 62
Mobile: +33 6 12 13 21 73
E-mail: philippe.ayasse@witec.de

Français:

WITec opère désormais directement sur la France

WITec GmbH, fabricant leader de l’imagerie 3D Raman, de systèmes de microscopie corrélative et autres systèmes de microscopie nano-analytique, a établi une présence directe en France. Basée à Lyon, réputée comme centre d’excellence des industries chimique, pharmaceutique et biotechnologique, cette présence directe permettra à WITec de mieux supporter la clientèle nationale déjà bien établie. Les ventes, le support après-vente et l’expertise analytique ainsi que l’organisation du marketing domestique seront assurées par le Directeur Régional Dr .Philippe Ayasse. Dr. Maxime Tchaya, basé à Ulm- Allemagne au siège mondial de la société, scientifique possédant déjà une connaissance approfondie du marché Francais assurera l’expertise analytique et technique. Tous deux sont des spécialistes de la microscopie confocale Raman et possèdent des années d’expérience avec WITec.

La nouvelle représentation peut etre contactée à l’adresse suivante :

Représentation WITec France
Dr. Philippe Ayasse
11, quai Victor Augagneur
69003 Lyon Cedex France
Tel : +33(0) 4 78 84 04 62
Portable : +33(0) 6 12 13 21 73
philippe.ayasse@witec.de 

New WITec area manager France Dr. Philippe Ayasse

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January 2019

Analyse microsplastic with Raman imaging

In a compelling interview, our customer Dr. Natalia Ivleva from the Technical University Munich explains, why microplastic is dangerous, and how she uses Raman imaging to detect and identify microplastic particles

See the full interview on the website of TU Munich.

 

Image: Benz, TU Munich

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December 2018

WITec Establishes New Partnership with Elliot Scientific for UK and Ireland

WITec is pleased to announce a new partnership for the sales and support of its products in the UK and Ireland. The cooperation with Elliot Scientific Limited, an established supplier of opto-mechanical components, will enhance the local visibility of WITec’s line of Raman imaging and scanning probe microscopes and ensure closer contact with its customer base. Managing Director of Elliot Scientific Dr. Adrian Knowles, who has extensive Raman spectroscopy experience along with an existing working relationship with WITec, will take the lead in promoting sales activities and providing support for new and installed user systems in the UK and Ireland. The combined talents of both companies will serve to further WITec’s position as the leading manufacturer of confocal Raman and correlative microscopy systems.

For more information, please visit the website>>>

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November 2018

WITec Releases 5.1 Software Update

WITec’s powerful software suite has been updated with release 5.1. For WITec Control users this new version features Focus Stacking, which can stitch together sample area images acquired at different focal depths into larger images of consistent sharpness, and Smart Brightness, which automatically adjusts the camera settings and microscope illumination to match a user-defined brightness in the video image. The new version of WITec Project contains new Lighting Effects, an Animation Editor and a Stack Bitmap Export function.

For more information, please visit the product webpage>>>

A measurement of a housefly's eye. The upper row shows the images from several focal depths and the larger composite is a result of Focus Stacking.

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