True Surface Microscopy Wins Prestigious 2011 R&D100 Award
News Aug 26, 2011
WITec’s True Surface Microscopy has been selected as a winner of the prestigious 2011 R&D 100 Award. It honors the WITec innovation as one of the 100 most technologically significant developments of the year.
True Surface Microscopy allows confocal Raman imaging guided by surface topography. The topographic coordinates measured from an integrated profilometer are used to perfectly follow the sample surface in confocal Raman imaging mode.
The result is an image revealing optical or chemical properties at the surface of the sample, even if this surface is very rough or heavily inclined. Previously in March 2011, True Surface Microscopy received the PITTCON 2011 Editors Gold Award.
“With True Surface Microscopy we have made another technological leap which will enable our customers to explore new avenues in their scientific field” says Dr. Olaf Hollricher, Managing Director Research & Development.
Dr. Hollricher continued, “This second award further validates our claim of always providing cutting-edge innovations and is a great recognition of the success of our product strategy.”
The internationally recognized award was established in 1963 and is selected by an independent panel of judges as well as the editors of R&D Magazine and is presented every year to outstanding innovations in industrial research and development.
In 2008 WITec received the R&D 100 Award for the automated confocal Raman and Atomic Force Microscope platform alpha500.
The judges choose breakthrough products or processes that can contribute to changing people`s lives or redefining current technology. Winners will be recognized at the R&D 100 Awards Banquet on Oct. 13, 2011, in Orlando, FL.
Building Molecular Wires, One Atom at a TimeNews
Electronic devices are getting smaller and smaller. Early computers filled entire rooms. Today you can hold one in the palm of your hand. Now the field of molecular electronics is taking miniaturization to the next level. Researchers are creating electronic components so tiny they can’t be seen with the naked eye.READ MORE
Raman Spectroscopy Aids Advancement of Spintronic DevicesNews
Researchers used an unconventional approach, employing Raman spectroscopy with an ultraviolet laser instead of conventional visible light lasers, to improve understanding of nickel oxide crystals. This work could have important implications for development of spintronic devices for memory storage and information processing.READ MORE
Gecko Toes Inspire New AdhesiveNews
Researchers have taken inspiration from gecko toes to create a dry adhesive with stiff polycarbonate using a nanoimprinting technique to build web-like layers. The method is cost-effective, easy to perform and scalable. This development could someday make it easier to defy gravity.READ MORE