DFG and NRW government give funds for scanning electron microscope
New large-scale appliance for elemental, surface and materials analysis will be employed not only at School of Dentistry.
The DFG (German Research Foundation) and the NRW government support Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H) with funds to purchase a new scanning electron microscope (SEM) for the Chair for Craniofacial Anatomy. The new microscope which costs almost 400.000 Euro will permit a considerable extension of research options at the Chair, with an elemental analysis system and a 3-D measurement software for quantitative surface analysis. It comes equipped with a temperature controlled sample table that permits materials testing within the electron microscope.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Arnold who holds the Chair for Craniofacial Anatomy welcomes this first funding from DFG and NRW government for a large-scale medical appliance at UW/H: "We see the financial support as a recognition of our research performance over 15 years and encouragement to go on, particularly for the doctoral students in our team." The previous SEM was irreparably damaged after 15 years in operation. The new appliance uses new technologies and reduces running costs.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Wirth, Dean of the Faculty of Health, is pleased with the boost for basic research and sciences at Witten/Herdecke University expected from the new microscope. The old SEM had been used almost exclusively for research in dentistry; the new one will be available to researchers of other departments at the Faculty as well.