13th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium

September 26 - 28, 2016, Ulm, Germany

It’s our pleasure to invite you to the 13th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium

Speakers from universities and industry will present their scientific achievements and talk about several aspects of modern Raman imaging. The poster session will provide an opportunity to learn more about recent scientific results in Raman imaging from various fields of applications, while the equipment demonstration will give a detailed introduction to the operational principles and instrumental configurations relevant to confocal Raman microscopy.

During the three-day conference the participants will have sufficient time for in-depth discussions and close interaction with leading scientists and users of WITec microscope systems.

Scientists interested in chemically identifying and imaging the compounds of a sample at the highest spatial resolution are invited to participate.


The number of participants is limited, so please register early to ensure your participation.

Registration for the Symposium: at the bottom of this side.


The Ulm Stadthaus in front and the Ulmer Munster in the background.

Confirmed Speakers


Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schlücker, University Duisburg-Essen, Physical Chemistry Department, Germany

Talk: "The Principles of Raman Spectroscopy and its Application in Microscopy"

Sebastian Schlücker is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His research interests include the design, synthesis and bioanalytical applications of SERS nanoparticle probes as well as the development and application of laser spectrosopic techniques in biophysical chemistry.


Prof. Dr. Malgorzata Baranska, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Talk: "Imaging of single endothelial cells - Raman spectroscopy, AFM and SNOM"

Prof. Dr. Malgorzata Baranska is a head of the Raman Imaging Group at the Department of  Chemical Physics at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Her main research area is the analysis of bioactive compounds by means of spectroscopic methods. Since 2011 she is working also at the Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics (JCET) where her research is related to lifestyle diseases, their development and methods of curing,  specifically in findig new drugs with endothelium bioactivity. 


Prof. Nedjma Bendiab, University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France

Talk: "Spatially resolved Raman spectroscopy for optomechanics and optoelectronics in graphene and nanotubes"

Nedjma Bendiab is an associate Professor at Néel Institute, and at University Grenoble Alpes (UGA). She works on the coupling of optical phonons to different elementary excitations (electrons, acoustic phonons, photons) in low dimensional sp2 carbon materials. This strong coupling to elementary excitations allow her to unravel various physical phenomena as mechanical resonances, charge transfer, and energy transfer.


Dr. Olaf Hollricher, WITec GmbH, Ulm, Germany

Talk: "3D Confocal Raman Imaging: Instrumentation, Resolution, Configurations and Correlative

Dr. Hollricher is managing director at WITec and head of Research & Development.


Prof. Dr. Georg Duesberg, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Talk: "Raman Characterisation of 2D Materials"

Prof. Duesberg´s research focuses on making novel devices to exploit the unique properties of low-dimensional structures. For that functional materials are synthesized and integrated with state-of-the-art micro-processing techniques. The resulting hybrid devices aim towards the use in ICT, sensing and photonics as well as energy conversion and storage. Recently Professor Duesberg’s team focuses on the synthesis and integration of novel 2D materials for electronic and photonic applications.


Dr. Biliana Gasharova, KIT Karlsruhe, Germany

Talk: "Unusual Phase Transformations of Cement Minerals - Raman Spectroscopy and Imaging" 

Dr. Biliana Gasharova is research scientist  in the infrared group at the Institute for Photon Science and the Synchrotron Radiation Facility at KIT in Karlsruhe Germany. In her research Dr. Gasharova combines the methods of infrared and Raman spectroscopy with X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy. One main research direction is the development of in situ techniques for studies of hydrothermal growth and subsequent transformations of phases in the CaO-SiO2-H2O system as a function of chemistry, temperature and pressure, and at small length scales.


Dr. Christian Matthäus, Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT), Jena, Germany

Talk: "Raman Imaging of White Blood Cells - Assessing the Risk of Atherosclerotic Plaques"

Dr. Christian Matthäus is working as a research assistant at the Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) in Jena, Germany. His main research interests are linear and non-linear spectroscopic imaging techniques and their application to biological samples. 


Dr. Johannes OfnerVienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

Talk: "Multisensor Hyperspectral Imaging: A Novel Approach to Chemical Structure Determination"

Dr. Johannes Ofner is University Assistant in the Environmental and Process Analytics Division at the Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics at the Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria. He is experienced in Vibrational and Elemental Spectroscopy and Imaging, with application to geoscience. His current research is focused on combining different Chemical Imaging Techniques with subsequent Multivariate Statistical Processing for environmental, material and life science as well as process analytical chemistry.


Dr. Duohai Pan, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, New Brunswick USA

Talk: "Raman Based Chemical Imaging: Recent Applications in Pharmaceutics from Preclinical Toxicology Studies to Drug Product Development"

Dr. Pan works as a Principal Scientist at Material Science & Engineering/Drug Product Science & Technology with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. New Brunswick, USA. HIs main research interests include solid state characterization of API, excipients and drug products,  and analytical method development using a number of techniques especially vibrational spectroscopy to understand impact of process on material attributes and performance. He has published over 45 peer-reviewed papers in the field of vibrational spectroscopy and pharmaceutical science.


Prof. Dr. Marcos Pimenta, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Talk: "Raman spectroscopy in novel two-dimensional (2D) materials."

Prof. Pimenta works at the physics department of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte in Brazil and he is director of the Brazilian Institute for Science and Technology (INCT) of Carbon Nanomaterials. With experience in optical proprieties of materials he focusses on  Raman spectroscopy, carbon nanotube, graphene, graphite, two-dimensional crystals and structural transition phases.

Prof. Dr. Vladimir Shur, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russia

Director of the Ural Center for Shared Use 'Modern Nanotechnology' at Ural Federal University.


Symposium Program

Monday, 26. September 2016
13:00 - 14:30

Pre-Symposium Session

Inspiration Through Innovation: New Raman Tools for Research and Development

This pre-symposium session will give an introductory overview on the latest developments in the field of confocal 3D Raman imaging and related stand-alone or correlative techniques. A special focus will be placed on state-of-the-art solutions provided by the advanced feature set of the WITec instrument line as a result of its innovative design, scalability and modularity. WITec engineers and scientists will report on product advantages and improvements, making the session an ideal supplement for current users of WITec microscopes or scientists interested in the versatile capabilities of the market-leading Raman imaging systems. (Please specify intention to attend during registration)
13:00 - 13:40 Thomas Dieing, WITec GmbH, Ulm, Germany
Current Trends in Raman Imaging – Keeping pace with WITec modular design innovations
13:40 - 14:20 Jan Englert, WITec GmbH Ulm, Germany
Innovative Attachments and Accessories for Cutting-edge Applications
14:20 - 14:30  Outlook & Discussion
  13th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium
14:30 – 15:00 Registration & Coffee
15:00 – 15:15 Welcome
15:15 – 16:15

Sebastian Schlücker
The Principles of Raman Spectroscopy and its Application in Microscopy

16:15 – 16:30 Coffee
16:30 – 17:30 Olaf Hollricher
3D Confocal Raman Imaging: Instrumentation, Resolution, Configurations and Correlative Techniques
17:30 – 19:00 Poster Session & Get-together
with Beer & Wine Reception and Snacks
19:00 - 20:30 Ulm Old Town Sightseeing Tour
Tuesday, 27. September 2016
08:45 – 09:00 Coffee
  Session I - Materials Science
09:00 - 09:30 Biliana Gasharova
Unusual Phase Transformations of Cement Minerals - Raman Spectroscopy and Imaging
09:30 - 10:00 Bernhard Lendl
A New Approach for Multi-Sensor Imaging
10:00 - 10:30 Vladimir Ya. Shur
Materials Research by Confocal Raman Microscopy
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee
  Session II - Life Sciences & Pharmaceutics
11:00 -11:30 Malgorzata Baranska
Imaging of single endothelial cells - Raman spectroscopy, AFM and SNOM
11:30 - 12:00 Christian Matthäus
Raman Imaging of White Blood Cells - Assessing the Risk of Atherosclerotic Plaques
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break (with Lunch Snack) & Poster Session (continued)
  Session II - Life Scieneces & Pharmaceutics (cont.)
13:00 - 13:30 Duohai Pan
Raman Based Chemical Imaging: Recent Applications in Pharmaceutics from Preclinical Toxicology Studies to Drug Product Development
  Session III - 2D Materials
13:30 -14:00 Georg Duesberg
Raman Characterization of 2D Materials
14:00 - 14:30

Nedjma Bendiab
Spatially resolved Raman spectroscopy for optomechanics and optoelectronics in graphene and nanotubes

14:30 - 15:00

Marcos Pimenta
Raman spectroscopy in novel two-dimensional (2D) materials

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee
  Contributed Session - Oral Presentations
15:30 - 15:50

Dieter Fischer
Identification of microplastics in marine samples by Raman microspectroscopy

15:50 - 16:10 Geoffrey Smith 
Easy imaging of processed cheese microstructure
16:10 - 16:30 Mark Auty 
Confocal Raman applications to dairy products
19:00 Dinner & Get-together, Best Poster Award Ceremony
Wednesday, 28. September 2016
08.45 Shuttle Bus Ulm City Center to WITec Headquarters
09:15 - 09:45 Confocal Raman Imaging System Configurations - An Overview
09:45 - 12:15 Equipment Demonstration

- Confocal Raman Imaging & Automation

- Combining AFM & Raman Imaging

- True Surface & Large Area Imaging

- WITec Project FOUR Data Evaluation Software

- RISE Microscopy

12:15 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:45 Equipment Demonstration (continued)
14:45 - 15:00 Coffee & Wrap-up
15:30 Shuttle Bus WITec Headquarters to Ulm City Center

Abstract Submission for Contributed Talks and Posters

Participants are encouraged to submit an abstract for the poster or the contributed talks session. Presenters of a talk or a poster in the contributed sessions will receive a 15 % discount on the conference fee and poster prizes will be awarded for the best posters. The speakers of the contributed talks session will be choosen from among the submitted abstracts.

A template including an instruction on how to arrange the abstract can be downloaded here: WITecSymposiumAbstract2016.doc

Please indicate your contribution to the poster or talk session on the
registration form and send your abstract by email to

Abstract deadline (talks & posters): 20. August 2016

Late abstract deadline (posters only): 10. September 2016

Location and Travel Info

The first and second day of the symposium will take place at ‘IHK Training-Center’, Olgastr. 95-101, Ulm, Germany in the city center of Ulm.

The third day will take place at WITec headquarters, Lise-Meitner-Str. 6, 89081 Ulm, Germany. A shuttle bus from the city center to WITec headquarters will be provided.



Hotel arrangements must be made by the participants themselves. For information about hotels and booking please visit the tourist information website of Ulm:

Please be advised that several other events take place in Ulm during the week of the symposium. We recommend hotel accommodations be booked as soon as possible.



Included in the conference fee: Confocal Raman Microscopy book published by Springer.

The symposium fee includes training materials, meals and a Confocal Raman Microscopy Book.

Presenters of a talk or a poster in the contributed sessions will receive a 15 % discount.

Symposium Fee
(Euro + VAT)
Early Bird Regular
Industrial Academic Industrial Academic
Three Days 360 Euro 299 Euro 395 Euro 330 Euro
Two Days 245 Euro 220 Euro 270 Euro 245 Euro
One Day 130 Euro 115 Euro 140 Euro 125 Euro

Early Bird registration ends August 13th 2016

Any cancellations prior to September 10th 2016 are free of charge.
For cancellations after this date, we charge 30% of the initial fee.


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