Product Resources

April 1, 2006

Volume 21, Issue 4

LC?MS software

LC–MS software

ACD/Labs introduces ACD/IntelliXtract LC–MS software designed for automatic molecular weight determination, component extraction, and sample comparison. The software considers ion adducts, multimers, 12 C/13 C ratios, isotopes, neutral losses, and fragment ions to provide accurate molecular ion identification. Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc., Toronto, Canada;

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Raman microscopes

Horiba Jobin Yvon's LabRAM Raman microscopes combine Raman spectroscopy with near field optics and an atomic force microscope for material analysis in the 200–400 nm range. The LabRAM-HR NANO confocal Raman microscope system reportedly can achieve spatial resolution of 100 nm and can be used in the analysis of semiconductor materials and wafers. The LabRAM-INV NANO inverted Raman microscope system can be used in biological and life science applications. Horiba Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ;

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PDA spectrophotometer

The model U-0080D photodiode-array spectrophotometer, designed to meet the requirements of biotechnology laboratories, is equipped with standard DNA/RNA analysis software. The spectrophotometer reportedly is capable of measuring the entire wavelength range within 0.05 seconds. The instrument can analyze trace amounts. Hitachi High Technologies America, San Jose, CA;

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X-Ray fluorescence spectrometer

The S8 TIGER wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometer from Bruker AXS features an integrated touch screen, a user interface that reportedly requires minimal training, and automatic recognition of liquid and solid samples to adjust spectrometer conditions for safe handling. It can analyze all elements in a variety of sample types and is designed for industrial process control applications such as petrochemical, mining, steel manufacturing, and cement. Bruker AXS Inc., Madison, WI;

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Concentric nebulizer

The C-Flow concentric nebulizer for ICP from Savillex Corporation is molded out of PFA and is chemically resistant to most matrices. The nebulizer is designed with a straight, fixed capillary and a one-piece gas port. According to the company, the nebulizer performs consistently at multiple flow rates and provides high sensitivity and low oxides. Savillex Corporation, Minnetonka, MN;

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NIR integrating sphere

PIKE Technologies' NIR IntegratIR integrating sphere is said to provide high performance qualitative and quantitative analysis of a wide variety of samples. The integrating sphere contains a fully integrated indium-gallium-arsenide detector. Options include a rotating stage for averaging large samples and an automated transmission stage for pharmaceutical tablet analysis. PIKE Technologies, Madison, WI;

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Near-infrared analyzers

NIR analyzers from Thermo Electron include the Antaris Target Blend analyzer for real-time analysis of pharmaceutical blending processes, the Antaris II for making measurements at production point-of-use or in real-time processes, and the Antaris MX and EX FT-NIR analyzers for process control applications. The analyzers are designed to provide simultaneous multipoint measurements. Thermo Electron, Waltham, MA;

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Optical fiber assemblies

XSR Xtreme Solarization-resistant optical fiber assemblies from Ocean Optics are designed for deep-UV applications (< 300 nm), signal transmission to 180 nm, and resistance to UV degradation. The fiber assemblies are available in core diameter sizes of 235 μm and 455 μm and in standard lengths of 25 cm, 1 m, and 2 m. Each assembly has an aluminum coating, stainless steel BX jacketing, and SMA 905 Connectors. Ocean Optics, Dunedin, FL;

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Echelle spectrograph

The Mechelle 5000 echelle spectrograph from Andor is designed to cover a wavelength range of 200–950 nm and has a spectral resolution of 5000. It is combined with the company's iStar ICCD detector system and reportedly provides sensitivity, fast or slow gating, a wide spectral response, and minimum insertion delay. Applications include combustion, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and laser-induced fluorescence experiments. Andor Technology, Belfast, UK;

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Product catalog

Newport Corporation's new product catalog features more than 5000 new products, including Spectra-Physics lasers, Oriel light sources, optics, mounts, vibration and motion control, spectroscopy and photonics instruments. Newport Corporation, Irvine, CA;

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Mercury analyzer

Buck Scientific's model 410 mercury analyzer is designed for the analysis of trace levels of mercury in drinking, surface, and saline waters, as well as domestic and industrial wastes. The instrument achieves detection limits of 10 ppt/absolute mass 0.0025 mg with a 400-mm flowcell. Buck Scientific, East Norwalk, CT;

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Transportable ICP spectrometer

The Prodigy-Mobile Lab transportable simultaneous ICP spectrometer from Teledyne Leeman Labs is designed to provide accessibility to laboratory-quality ICP-AES instrumentation in field operation. The spectrometer includes an integral suspension system to isolate the instrument from drive train, road, and shock hazards. Teledyne Leeman Labs, Hudson, NH;

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Extraction devices

Varian, Inc. offers two OMIX Array solid phase extraction devices for bioanalytical sample preparation. The micro extraction pipette tips for TOMTEC's Quadra instruments reportedly eliminate the need for vacuum processing. The 96-well plates feature small-bed processing capabilities in an SBS-compatible device designed to interface with standard 96-well liquid-handling equipment used in bioanalytical research. Varian, Inc., Palo Alto, CA;

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Raman microscope

Bruker Optics' RamanScopeIII Raman microscope is designed to be coupled to the company's FT-Raman spectrometers for fluorescence-free, nondestructive analysis of microscopic samples. It can be combined with the company's grating-based dispersive Raman microscope to provide excitation wavelengths ranging from 1064 nm to 532 nm on a single microscope. Bruker Optics, Billerica, MA;

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Avantes' AvaSpec-3648-USB2 spectrometer supports an integration time ranging from 10 μs to 10 min (in steps of 10 μs) for applications such as LIBS and plasma monitoring. According to the company, the spectrometer has 3648 pixels resolution to cover the 200–1100 nm wavelength range and an FWHM resolution of 0.025 nm. The spectrometer reportedly allows precise online monitoring and a spectrum transfer time of 3.7 ms. Avantes, Boulder, CO;

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Echelle spectrograph

The SpectraPro HRE echelle spectrograph from Princeton Instruments/Acton is designed for general spectroscopy as well as laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. The spectrograph is designed to sample continuously wavelengths ranging from 190 to 1050 nm. The spectrograph is designed to work with the company's camera systems and to be controlled by the company's WinSpec software. Princeton Instruments/Acton, Trenton, NJ;

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Diode lasers

The 56 RCS series of diode laser assemblies from Melles Griot provide output wavelengths of 408 nm (> 50 mW), 442 nm (> 36 mW), or 638 nm (> 28 mW). The platform reportedly incorporates advanced optics positioning techniques with far field circularity of > 95 %, precisely controlled beam divergence, and accurate waist location. The instruments are equipped with a user interface that includes an hour meter and diagnostic LEDs. Melles Griot, Carlsbad, CA;

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XRF spectrometer

PANalytical's Axios-Minerals wavelength dispersive, sequential XRF spectrometer is designed to meet the needs of users in the mining and minerals industries. The system includes a set of 19 synthetic multielement wide-range oxides standards. It provides data across the elemental range from fluorine to uranium in concentrations ranging from parts per million to 100 wt%. PANalytical, Natick, MA;

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Portable XRF analyzers

Innov-X's Alpha Series handheld X-ray fluorescence analyzers are designed to provide fast, precise, and nondestructive elemental identification in materials ranging from plastics, soils, and alloys to liquids, powders, and coatings. Applications include electronics RoHS/WEEE screening, scrap metal recycling, quality assurance of precious metals, and environmental monitoring. Innov-X Systems, Woburn, MA;

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Cells and accessories

Hellma's BestCELLERS 2006 catalog contains information on common spectroscopy cells, immersion probes, secondary standards, microplates, and other accessories. It emphasizes the company's ultra-micro TrayCell for 4–5 μL and solid and liquid calibration standards. Hellma, Plainview, NY;

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Handheld Raman

Ahura's Identifier handheld Raman instrument is designed for in-the-field identification and verification of liquid and solid samples. The instrument weighs less than 4 lb. It is reportedly chemically resilient, operates through glass or plastic, avoids contamination, requires no calibration or consumables, and is ready for use within seconds of turn-on. Ahura Corporation, Wilmington, MA;

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Raman spectrometer

The VERAX Raman spectrometer from InPhotonics is a fiber-coupled system designed for laboratory analyses, ranging from research to rapid sample verification to process development. The instrument, which can be used with the company's RamanProbe models, is configured for 785nm excitation, offers 4 cm-1 spectral resolution, and spans the 230–1800 cm-1 region. Different range/resolution combinations are available in the visible and near-infrared spectral regions to be used with various excitation lasers. InPhotonics, Inc., Norwood, MA;

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Raman filters

Semrock's RazorEdge short-wave-pass thin-film filters are designed to attenuate a designated laser-line by six orders of magnitude while maintaining a typical edge steepness of 0.5% of the laser wavelength. The filters reportedly are suitable for anti-Stokes Raman applications and are matched to the company's laser-line cleanup filters. Semrock, Rochester, NY;

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High purity salts and solutions

GFS Chemicals uses its high purity acids to manufacture salts and solutions used in trace metal analysis. According to the company, a metals basis purity of 99.999% characterizes many of its matrix modifiers and ionization buffers, such as NH4H2PO4, NH4NO3, Ni(NO3)2:6H2O, Mg(NO3)2:6H2O, Pd(NO3)2:H2O, LaCl3:7H2O, La(NO3)3:6H2O, KCl, KNO3, and LiNO3. GFS Chemicals, Inc., Powell, OH;

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Instruments and supplies

SCP Science's Instruments and Supplies catalog includes products such as the company's high-volume DigiPREP LS metal digestion system, a variety of DigiSEP solid phase extraction cartridges, and PlasmaPURE Plus high purity acids. SCP Science, Champlain, NY;

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LC–MS gas generation system

Parker Balston introduces the SOURCE LCMS-5000 LC–MS gas generation system, which produces nitrogen, zero air, and exhaust pump gases. It combines a compressor with coalescing filters, catalysts, and hollow-fiber membranes to produce these gases. Parker Hannifin Corporation, Haverhill, MA;

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Table-top press

International Crystal Labs introduces the E-Z Quick Table Top press. It is constructed from stainless steel, chrome-plated steel, and anodized aluminum. According to the company, the press mounts vertically, which enables the use of body weight and shoulder muscles. The press uses the 7-, 4-, and 2-mm die sets that are used in the company's Quick Press and Port-A-Press presses. International Crystal Laboratories, Garfield, NJ;

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Dissolution tester

Jasco's model DT-810 dissolution tester is designed to provide fully automated dissolution testing of up to eight samples with either the standard paddle method or the optional rotating-basket method. The tester offers a circular design for uniform water temperature and an automatic centering mechanism that provides hands-free positioning of the dissolution vessels and drive shafts. Jasco, Inc., Easton, MD;

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X-Ray spectrometer

Amptek's model X-123 X-ray spectrometer is a low power (1.2 W) module that includes an X-ray detector and preamplifier, a digital pulse processor, and a power supply. The spectrometer includes a USB or RS 232 computer connection and is designed to work with the company's detectors. Amptek, Inc., Bedford, MA;

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Spray chambers

Glass Expansion announces the Tracey PFA44 spray chambers for ICP-MS. According to the company, the spray chambers' ultrapure PFA material makes them suitable for ultratrace ICP-MS analyses. The material is inert, allowing the spray chamber to be used with all common solutions. Glass Expansion, Inc., Pocasset, MA;

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ICP emission spectrometers

Thermo Electron's iCAP 6300 and 6500 ICP emission spectrometers are designed to be the most compact ICP emission spectrometers available on the market. The spectrometers feature the company's charge injection device detector; a high-power, solid-state RF generator; a distributed purge system; and automated wavelength calibration. Thermo Electron, Waltham, MA;

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Acid stills

SPEX CertiPrep's sub-boiling acid stills employ infrared heaters to distill impurities through surface evaporation without boiling. A single distillation can reduce most impurities below parts per billion. Acids are available in dimensions of 27W x 27D x 60H. The PTFE still handles all acids except sulfuric acid, and the Quartz still handles all acids except hydrofluoric acid. Both stills produce 50 mL/h of operation. SPEX CertiPrep, Metuchen, NJ;

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ATR accessory

The AccessATR from Harrick Scientific is designed for ATR measurements of solid, liquid and paste samples. The accessory is equipped with a built-in trough to contain liquids and a press for solid sampling. Harrick Scientific Products, Inc., Ossining, NY;

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Sample preparation

The ExplorerPLS microwave synthesis system from CEM is built on the company's Discover platform. The system has a 24-place reaction deck with four independent autosampler racks. Its dimensions are 14.5"W x 27"H x 21"D to fit into standard hoods. CEM Corporation, Matthews, NC;

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ICP-MS systems

Two ICP-MS instruments from Varian are designed for elemental analysis of complex samples. The model 810-MS and 820-MS instruments contain high-efficiency 90-degree ion optics and a double off axis quadrupole designed to provide low background noise and gigahertz sensitivity. The model 820-MS also includes the company's collision reaction interface, which reportedly enables the use of collision and reaction gases such as helium, allowing lower detection limits and more accurate quantitation for difficult elements in complex samples. Varian, Inc., Palo Alto, CA;

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NIR laser

B&W Tek's Cleanlaze NIR laser for Raman spectroscopy offers output power ranging from 25 mW to over 1 W at 785 nm. The laser is also available at 980 nm and custom wavelengths. Multimode models feature a 0.2-nm FWHM while single mode versions feature 0.02-nm linewidth. The laser can be used for process, portable, and laboratory applications. B&W Tek, Inc., Newark, DE;

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Phase shifters

The S-303 high-speed phase shifters from Physik Instrumente reportedly offer angstrom-level resolution and microsecond responsiveness. The shifters are designed for mirrors and optics up to 1-in. diameter and can be mounted in any orientation. Open- and closed-loop versions are available. Physik Instrumente, Auburn, MA;

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Fiber-optic spectrometers

StellarNet's miniature fiber-optic spectrometers, coupled with the company's optic sampling accessories and SpectraWizR software are designed for light measurement applications in the UV-Vis-NIR ranges. The instruments' multiple channel systems span wavelengths ranging from 190 nm to 2100 nm. StellarNet, Tampa, FL;

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Custom standards

Inorganic Ventures offers its line of custom standards. Designed to perform with efficient precision, the standards come with a certificate of analysis, which is included to provide chemists with the information they'll need to achieve successful analyses. Inorganic Ventures, Lakewood, NJ;

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Fiber-optic flow cells

RoMack introduces their new line of fiber optic flow cells designed for absorption and fluorescence measurements. The cells offer path lengths from 1 mm to 1 meter and cover the applications ranging from UV through NIR. Features include application in harsh environments, including high temperature and aggressive chemicals. RoMack, Inc., Williamsburg, VA;

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Elemental analyzer

The Eagle III XPL micro-EDXRF spectrometer from EDAX is now available with an optional primary-beam-filter accessory that reportedly improves detection limits. The spectrometer uses capillary optics, CCD video imaging cameras, and a motorized xyz stage for nondestructive small-spot analysis correlated with video imaging. Features include simultaneous detection of elements ranging from Na through U, and little or no sample preparation requirements. Typical applications include forensics, failure analysis, coating thickness-composition measurement, quality control, and chemical imaging. EDAX, Mahwah, NJ;

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PerkinElmer's Spectrum 100 FT-IR and 100N FT-NIR spectrometers are designed with a UATR accessory that is designed to offer higher efficiencies for the analysis of a wide range of samples. The instruments also feature a fiber-optic NIT probe, an updated version of the company's Spectrum and AssureID software packages, and a Go Button feature, which reportedly allows continuous analyses of multiple samples at the instrument. PerkinElmer, Wellesley, MA;

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High-voltage module

Spellman High Voltage introduces the model MX10 high-voltage module for mass spectrometry. The DC-DC converter features hot switchable polarity reversal at 10 kV between 100 and 250 ms, and low peak-to-peak ripple performance. Applications include security detection systems, LC–TOF dynodes, sample ionization, as well as capillary electrophoresis and electrostatic printing. Spellman High Voltage, Hauppauge, NY.

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Raman microscope

Renishaw offers its Raman microscope with additional confocal laser scanning microscopy capabilities. The confocal laser scanning (CLS) microscope is designed to combine the imaging, resolution, contrast, and optical sectioning capabilities of CLS microscopy with the characterization power of Raman spectroscopy. Renishaw, Hoffman Estates, IL;

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Cleaning validation system

Remspec Corporation offers its ValveView system for spectroscopic analysis of the interior surfaces of small parts such as valves and nozzles. The system uses mid-IR fiber optics to deliver IR signal to the inside of objects held in an adjustable jig, allowing examination for cleaning validation and surface characterization. Remspec Corporation, Sturbridge, MA;

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Electron multiplier

BURLE Electro-Optics' 5905 MAGNUM detector is designed to provide high dynamic range, increased gain stability, and near elimination of feedback noise. A proprietary glass formulation reportedly facilitates long detector life. The detector is designed specifically for Thermo Finnigan mass spectrometers; the electron multiplier cartridge is a plug-in replacement that fits directly in to the Thermo Finnigan mounting assembly. Its one piece construction eliminates fastener and connection problems. BURLE Electro-Optics, Sturbridge, MA;

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NIR analyzer

Foss NIRSystem's XDS MasterLab features the company's XDS near-infrared technology. Users can perform automated reflectance or transmission analysis of a tray of multiple tablets or vials. An integrated variable spot-size feature lets enables adjustment of the sample illumination based on the diameter of the tablets/vials being used. Foss NIRSystems, Laurel, MD.

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ICP-OES system

SPECTRO's GENESIS SOP (Side-On-Plasma) ICP-OES system with radial plasma observation is designed to simultaneously determine more than 70 elements with a detection range of 175–777 nm. Applications include examination of industrial wastewater, analysis of wear metals and additives in oils, examination of soils and sludge in the agricultural industry, and examination of saline solutions. SPECTRO Analytical Instruments, Inc., Marlborough, MA;

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Microscope system

A fluorescence spectroscopy system from Horiba Jobin Yvon offers fluorescence-lifetime measurement on a microscope. The system uses time-correlated single-photon counting components adapted for a microscope to achieve lifetime measurements from 100 ps up to 100 μs. Interchangeable pulsed diode light sources include deep-UV diodes with wavelengths of 280, 295, and 340 nm. Horiba Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ;

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