Product Resources

March 1, 2006

Volume 21, Issue 3

The Shamrock 163i imaging spectrograph from Andor Technology is based on a Czerny-Turner optical layout featuring a focal length of 163 mm, an entrance aperture ratio of f/3.6, and a wavelength resolution of 0.17 nm. The instrument includes interchangeable gratings and slits that allow users to select different wavelength ranges and resolutions. Andor Technology, Belfast, UK;

Imaging spectrograph

The Shamrock 163i imaging spectrograph from Andor Technology is based on a Czerny-Turner optical layout featuring a focal length of 163 mm, an entrance aperture ratio of f/3.6, and a wavelength resolution of 0.17 nm. The instrument includes interchangeable gratings and slits that allow users to select different wavelength ranges and resolutions. Andor Technology, Belfast, UK;

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;

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;

Positioning stage

The nanoSX ultraflat positioning stage from piezosystem jena combines a piezo positioning system with an actuating design for long travel. The stage height is 10 mm with a free center hole of 12.5 mm, and outside dimensions are 60 mm x 60 mm. The series is designed to move high-load masses with a resolution of 0.6 nm. piezosystem jena, Hopedale, MA;

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;

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;

Mass spectrometer

Thermo Electron's LTQ Orbitrap hybrid mass spectrometer is designed for small molecule research, drug discovery, proteomics, metabolite identification, and metabolomics. According to the company, the instrument provides intensity-independent mass accuracy and requires no internal calibration. Thermo Electron, Waltham, MA;

ICP spectra database

Horiba Jobin Yvon's ICP spectra database is designed for the company's ACTIVA CCD ICP system. The database reportedly contains detection limits, linear ranges and line widths for over 50,000 identified peaks in addition to other peaks not found in conventional wavelength tables. Horiba Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ;

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;

XRF spectrometers and standards

PANalytical's XRF systems and reference standards reportedly enable industry to comply with new EU RoHS and WEEE directives, the EU packaging directive, and the end-of-life vehicles directive. Products include the EDXRF benchtop MiniPal 4 system, the porlarized EDXRF spectrometer Epsilon 5, the Axios range of WDXRF systems and the TOXEL set of certified calibration standards. PANalytical Natick, MA;

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;

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;


The CE 7400 Aquarius spectrophotometer from Cecil Instruments features double beam, pharmacopoeia compliance, 190–1100 nm wavelength range, and a fixed bandwidth of less than 2 nm. The CE 7500 model is double beamed, has a 190–1100 nm wavelength range, and a variable bandwidth of 0.5–4 nm. Cecil Instruments Ltd., Cambridge, UK;

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;

Chemistry software

ACD/Labs' ACD/Web Librarian version 9 is designed to be web browser-based software for sharing and viewing spectral, chromatographic, and chemical data. The software reportedly supports over 130 file formats and allows chemists to view, search, and create reports. According to the company, the new version offers viewing of hyphenated data and enhanced spectral searching and viewing of the company's cross-technique databases. Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc., Toronto, Canada;


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;

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;

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.

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;

Fiber optic spectrometer

Ocean Optics' model USB4000 miniature fiber optic spectrometer features a 3648-element CCD array with 16-bit A/D resolution and on-board electronics for the integration of operation and functions such as light source control and external device triggering. The instrument works in the wavelength range of 200–1100 nm. Ocean Optics, Dunedin, FL;

Reflectance analyzer

B&W Tek introduces the On-line Pro analyzer for UV–vis-NIR diffuse reflectance measurements. The analyzer features an optimized light source, a broadband wavelength coverage range of 200–1700 nm with a 2200-nm option, and an industrial enclosure rated to NEMA 4X and IP66. B&W Tek, Inc., Newark, DE;

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;

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;

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;

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;

Digital pulse processor

Amptek's PX4 reportedly combines a digital pulse processor, a power supply, a shaping amplifier, and a multichannel analyzer. It is compatible with the company's XR-100 detectors and detectors from other manufacturers. The processor is software-driven and has 24 programmable peaking times between 0.8 and 102 µs. Amptek, Inc. Bedford, MA;

ICP spectrometer

The Prodigy high dispersion ICP spectrometer from Teledyne Leeman Labs is designed with spectral subtraction and advanced qualitative analysis capabilities. According to the comapny, these features make the instrument useful for elemental fingerprinting for QC and forensic applications. Teledyne Leeman Labs, Hudson, NH;

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;

ICP rinse accessory

Glass Expansion's Niagara Rapid Rinse accessory is designed to shorten the analysis cycle time of an unattended ICP spectrometer run. The accessory begins the rinsing of the nebulizer and spray chamber the instant the sample measurement is completed and continues to rinse until the next sample is ready. Glass Expansion, Inc., Pocasset, MA;

Equipment and supplies

LabX is an on-line marketplace that connects professional buyers and sellers of scientific eequipment and supplies. Since 1995, LabX has been a highly specialized business-to-business marketplace where scientific equipment and supplies can be purchased and sold. More than 60,000 registered members visit LabX to purchase and sell laboratory, medical, test and measurement, spectroscopy, semiconductor, and chromatographic products. LabX, Ontario, Canada;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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.

ICP spectrometer

The Prodigy high dispersion ICP spectrometer from Teledyne Leeman Labs is designed with spectral subtraction and advanced qualitative analysis capabilities. According to the comapny, these features make the instrument useful for elemental fingerprinting for QC and forensic applications. Teledyne Leeman Labs, Hudson, NH;

Heat chamber

The cells in the HT/HP heat chamber for PIKE Technologies' diffuse reflectance accessory are able to reach temperatures up to 900 °C and pressures up to 1500 psi. The cells reportedly are evacuable to 1 x 10-6 torr and allow reactive gas flow for chemical synthesis studies. PIKE Technologies, Madison, WI;

Fluorescence spectrophotometer

Hitachi High Technologies America's F-7000 fluorescence spectrophotometer is designed to provide a signal-to-noise ratio of 800 and a scanning rate of 60,000 nm/min. The spectrometer has width, depth, and height dimensions of 620, 520, and 300 mm, respectively. It complies with the FDA's 21 CFR Part 11 regulations. Fluorescence applications include industrial, environmental, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology. Hitachi High Technologies America, San Jose, CA;

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;

Product catalog

Semrock's 36-page color catalog for 2006 presents products in five families for applications ranging from fluorescence instrumentation and microscopy to Raman instrumentation and biomedical laser systems. New products include BrightLine fluorescence multiband filters, new wavelengths of the RazorEdge Raman filters, and additional wavelengths in the StopLine laser-blocking filter series and the MaxLine laser-line filter family. Tutorial material about the applications of these optical filters is included. Semrock, Rochester, NY;

Dissolution tester

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;

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 785-nm 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;

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;

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;

Solid-state laser

Melles Griot introduces a yellow 85 YCA-series diode-pumped solid-state laser. The laser has an output power of 25 mW at 561 nm with less than 3% peak-to-peak noise. According to the company, this is more yellow power than is available from air-cooled krypton–argon gas lasers. The laser reportedly has a nearly circular (<1.1:1 aspect ratio) linearly polarized beam, an M2 factor of less than 1.2, and less than 5% power drift over 24 h. Melles Griot, Carlsbad, CA;