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Zeiss microscopy lab opens at NUS

05 April 2012

(From left) Mr Frankie Lee, Division Manager of Carl Zeiss Microscopy in Southeast Asia; Prof Halliwell; Dr Jochen Tham, Global Marketing Director of Carl Zeiss; Mr Raman; Dr Daniel Pickard, Director for the Plasmonics and Advanced Imaging Technology Laboratory at NUS; and Prof Venky Venkatesan, Director of NanoCore at NUS at the laboratory opening

State-of-the-art Zeiss microscopy equipment housed at the university

NUS and Carl Zeiss, a leading company in the optical and opto-electronic industries, opened the Zeiss Microscopy Lab at NUS on 3 April. The first of its kind in Asia, the facility houses state-of-the-art Zeiss microscopy equipment to further research in areas such as materials and bioscience.

NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology) Prof Barry Halliwell welcomed the set-up of the laboratory on campus. "We are very excited to be able to have access to Carl Zeiss' innovative laboratory equipment as well as their extensive technical know-how, which can pair with the diverse expertise at NUS to achieve new breakthroughs and insights," he noted.

The S$6 million facility has the full range of the latest Zeiss optical and charged particle beam microscopes. Researchers will be able to conduct detailed analysis of both biological and material specimens on a micron to sub-nanometre scale. A team of experts from Carl Zeiss, who will be based at the laboratory, will provide instruction to students, scientists and other users.

Carl Zeiss' Managing Director of Southeast Asia Mr Ven Raman said that the establishment of the laboratory is the first of many projects the company plans to undertake with NUS, as part of a partnership for greater knowledge exchange. The firm will also be exploring other joint research projects with the University in areas such as nanoscale imaging and patterning as well as correlative microscopy.

In the past, NUS has benefited from Carl Zeiss' cutting-edge equipment such as the Helium Ion Microscope, which was part of a Joint Research and Development Agreement with Carl Zeiss SMT.