Part of the Oxford Instruments Group

The Company

Since the founding of WITec in 1997, our company has established itself as the technology leader in Raman imaging and correlative microscopy. As reflected in our maxim "Focus Innovations", we’ve found success in consistently introducing new technologies and maintaining our close connection to members of the research community, who are not only customers, but also valued partners.

In September 2021, WITec became a member of the Oxford Instruments Group, bringing unmatched expertise in Raman microscopy to its extensive portfolio of businesses.

Together with their team of scientists and engineers, physicists Dr. Olaf Hollricher (left) and Dr. Joachim Koenen (right) develop groundbreaking solutions that address the latest Raman imaging challenges.

Quality, reliability and expediency are emphasized in all phases of operation at WITec.

Core Competencies

  • All WITec products are developed and produced at WITec headquarters in Ulm, Germany, which accelerates advancement and ensures the most stringent quality control.
  • The modularity of our product line delivers unparalleled flexibility, upgradeability, and opportunities for creating specialized customer solutions.
  • Our extensive sales and support infrastructure provides responsive, precise consultation and service in every global region.
  • WITec microscopes can integrate several analytical methods for correlative investigations and offer industry-leading speed, sensitivity and resolution – simultaneously.
  • Our instruments are renowned for their reliability and user-friendliness, which allows our customers to focus on the novel scientific challenges of their experiments.
Made in Germany



  • 1997 – WITec is founded, alphaSNOM is introduced: the first commercial cantilever-based scanning near-field optical microscope, Pulsed Force Mode intermittent contact method is developed
  • 1999 – alpha300, the first production confocal Raman imaging microscope pioneers Raman spectroscopy as a tool for 3D chemical characterization
  • 2003 – alpha300 RA, the first integrated Raman/AFM microscope establishes correlative Raman microscopy as an analytical technique
  • 2010 – TrueSurface originates topographic Raman imaging microscopy using an integrated optical profilometer
  • 2014 – RISE (Raman Imaging and Scanning Electron) microscopy enables chemical and structural characterization within a common vacuum chamber
  • 2015 – alpha300 apyron microscope fully automates confocal Raman imaging
  • 2019 – ParticleScout automated microparticle analysis tool finds, classifies and identifies particles using an integrated Raman database
  • 2021 – cryoRaman, cryogenic Raman microscope developed with attocube systems AG, provides chemically sensitive imaging at 1.8K


  • 2008 – R&D 100 Award
  • 2011 – PITTCON Editors Gold, R&D 100 Award, Microscopy Today Innovation Award
  • 2012 – Photonics Prism Award
  • 2015 – Photonics Prism Award, Achema Innovation Award
  • 2019 – SelectScience Scientists’ Choice Award, The Analytical Scientist Innovation Award
  • 2020 – The Analytical Scientist Innovation Award
  • 2021 – Microscopy Today Innovation Award, Wiley Analytical Science Award, The Analytical Scientist Innovation Award
  • 2022 – R&D 100 Award