Standards News The Justus Liebig University Giessen awarded its Röntgen Prize this year to Dr. Markus Schöffler. The Röntgen Prize is awarded each year at an academic award ceremony at the JLU for outstanding work on basic research into radiation physics and radiation biology. It is named in memory of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who was a professor in Giessen from 1879 to 1888. The award primarily distinguishes the work of young scientists. Half of the prize of €15,000 is donated by Pfeiffer Vacuum and the Dr. Erich Pfeiffer Foundation, and the other half by the Ludwig Schunk Foundation. This year’s award winner, Dr. Schöffler, is research associate at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. He is receiving the award for his research into the interaction of X-rays with atoms and molecules. Of particular note are Dr. Schöff ler’s experiments to understand the structure of chiral molecules. This is a field that is of particular importance for pharmaceuticals. These investigations were conducted as part of the ELCH research cluster (Electron Dynamics of Chiral Systems) of the LOEWE program. LOEWE is a research program funded by the German federal state of Hesse. An important basis for the research conducted by Dr. Schöffler is the use of radiation sources such as synchrotron radiation or X-rays. Ultra-high vacuum is needed for both the sources of radiation and the detectors required for these investigations. Dr. Schöffler studied physics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, and received his doctorate degree with honors there in 2006. After several research fellowships at other universities and research institutes, he has been team leader at the Frankfurt University since 2011. In 2014, he was awarded the Adolf Messer Foundation prize for his research work. Dr. Schöffler is spokesman for an international collaboration at the SOLEIL synchrotron radiation facility in France. On Nov. 24, the day before the prize was awarded at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Dr. Schöffler visited the sponsoring company Pfeiffer Vacuum and reported on the results of this research. Christian Gück took over the management of YXLON Inspection Services and will promote the expansion of the inspection services for customers worldwide. Gück, who had already focused on metrology during his studies, had the opportunity to gain extended experience in the field of conventional measuring methods like tactile or optical technologies as well as CT metrology during several years with a German company. “During that time I specialized and focused on dimensional measuring by computed tomography because in the framework of the initiative Industry 4.0 and completely new production technologies it means a great future market. As the person responsible for CT inspection services on site, and during numerous customer training sessions I had the chance to learn about customer requirements and demands in very diverse industries,” said Gück. In the future, YXLON Inspection Services will provide test services at all locations worldwide for customers who need temporary support, who have not yet invested in their own inspection system or who require assistance regarding projects of very special tasks. Particularly, metrology applications belong to those special tasks because where tactile or optical measuring techniques come to their limits, computed tomography is able to extract fine surfaces and accurately display and measure inner structures. In particular, the Inspection Services location in Hattingen, Germany is equipped with a large variety of YXLON X-ray and CT inspection systems which can cover the entire range of inspection tasks. The highlight is a linear accelerator in the big radiation protection bunker being used for large parts or parts with a high density. For the whole application spectrum from nanometer to high-energy, customers benefit from outstanding consultancy and findings under one roof. Globally, all YXLON inspection systems are available thus enabling direct performance of nearly every customer enquiry due to close network. NDT
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