May 1, 2008

Featured products from the spectroscopy marketplace.

FT-IR spectrophotometer

Shimadzu Scientific's IRAffinity-1 FT-IR spectrophotometer is designed for high-precision infrared analysis to confirm, identify, and detect foreign matter in raw materials, medical products, packages, and coatings. According to the company, the product achieves a high level of sensitivity by using a high-energy ceramic light source, temperature-controlled, high-sensitivity DLATGS detector, and high-throughput optical elements. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, MD;

FT-IR spectrometer

The MB3000 FT-IR spectrometer from ABB is designed to facilitate acquisition, processing, and analysis of samples. According to the company, the product works in conjuction with the company's Horizon MB FT-IR software. ABB Analytical, Quebec City, CA;

Reference materials catalog

Inorganic Ventures introduces its 2008–2009 catalog of stocked certified reference materials, featuring standards for ICP, ICP-MS, IC, AA, wet chemistry, and the latest EPA methods. According to the company, products are color-coded by application and indexed by both catalog number and subject. Inorganic Ventures, Lakewood, NJ;

ATR accessory

PIKE Technologies' grazing angle option for its VeeMAX II ATR accessory is designed to aid in the analysis of monomolecular layers on silicon to obtain FT-IR spectra. The accessory reportedly provides high throughput to cut down on sampling time and facilitate detection of the monomolecular layers of silicon without utilizing a liquid nitrogen-cooled detector. Crystal options for the accessory include ZnSe, ZnS, and Si. PIKE Technologies, Madison, WI;

Raman microscope

HORIBA Jobin Yvon introduces the XploRA Raman microscope, designed to combine microscopy and chemical analysis. The system retains the full functionality of the user's microscope coupled with high-performance Raman spectroscopy. According to the company, the product has a minimal footprint and includes the GO! Guided Operation wizard for ease of use. HORIBA Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ;

UV/Vis/NIR spectrophotometers

JASCO's V-600 Series of UV/Vis/NIR spectrophotometers feature the "IQ Accessory" function for automatic accessory recognition and the "IQ Start" function for immediate start when conducting routine measurements. According to the company, two graphical user interfaces are available, including a newly redesigned intelligent remote module (iRM) with a color LCD touch screen. JASCO, Inc., Easton, MD;

Raman spectrometer

Thermo Fisher Scientific announces its DXR SmartRaman spectrometer, designed specifically for the needs and environment of the quality control (QC) laboratory. According to the company, the system includes a revolutionary new laser power regulator, can distinguish between polymorphs, and can accept samples in a wide variety of forms (such as bottles, vials, capillary tubes, NMR tubes, tablets, blister packs, films, and well-plates). Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA;

Sieve shaker

The new AS 200 from Retsch is a tap sieve shaker that offers dedicated versions for 50 Hz and for 60 Hz and covers a measuring range from 20 μm to 25 mm. According to the company, the combination of horizontal circular sieving motion with vertical tapping motion is specified in various standards for particle analysis (abrasives, cement, spices, etc.). Retsch, Inc., Newtown, PA;

Spectrometer function

Avantes introduces a new feature for Avatec spectrometers, called "Store To RAM," which reportedly enables the user to store a high number of spectra in a short time, which are saved in the internal memory (RAM) of the spectrometer before they are transmitted to the PC. According to the company, the feature is helpful for users in need of in-line high-speed spectral analyses, fluorescence decay measurements, wafer thinfilm mapping, and more. Avantes Inc., Broomfield, CO;

Near-IR single-photon counter

Goodrich Corporation's Sensors Unlimited, Inc. division announces the SU-02-SPC NIR Photon Counter, designed for single-photon counting in the near-infrared spectrum from 0.9–1.6 μm. According to the company, the product's applications include ultrasensitive Raman spectroscopy, semiconductor failure analysis, and singlet oxygen detection. Goodrich, Charlotte, NC;

Silicon drift detector

The XR-100SDD Silicon Drift Detector (SDD) from Amptek reportedly enables extremely high count rate applications with high energy resolution. According to the company, the product is designed for XRF applications from OEM handheld instruments to benchtop analyzers. Amptek, Inc., Bedford, MA;

Atomic absorption spectrometers

Thermo Fisher Scientific's iCE 3000 Series of atomic absorption spectrometers has been designed to facilitate prolonged and trouble-free operation and accommodate both flame and furnace analyses. According to the company, the instruments primarily address the analytical needs of users working in food safety as well as environmental, clinical, pharmaceutical, metals, and materials industries. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA;

TXRF system

Bruker AXS has launched the S2 PICOFOX, a new portable ultra-sensitive benchtop TXRF System to quantify elemental concentrations from 0.1 ppb to % levels. According to the company, the product was made for the analytical laboratory and for field use, thus enabling TXRF ultra-high sensitivity elemental analysis in clinical, nutritional, environmental, and mining applications. Bruker AXS Inc., Madison, WI;

Mercury analyzer

Nippon Instruments' PE-1000 Mercury Analyzer is a fully automated mercury analyzer that offers simplicity of operation, high-throughput to increase laboratory efficiency, and detection limits as low as 0.01 ppb in hydrocarbon samples. According to the company, the product utilizes sealed sample vials, a liquid injection autosampler, and a revolutionary design, complete with their new atomic fluorescence detection system. Nippon Instruments North America, College Station, TX;


The RC2 ellipsometer from J.A. Woollam reportedly features dual rotating compensators, achromatic compensator design, advanced light source, and next-generation spectrometer design. According to the company, the product is suited for many thin film measurement requirements and is designed for dielectrics, organics, semiconductors, metals, and more. J.A. Woollam Co., Lincoln, NE;

InGaAs array spectrometer

The BTC261E from B&W Tek is an InGaAs-based array spectrometer designed for NIR spectroscopy applications, and is available in two options with either 512 or 1024 elements. According to the company, the product's series arrays are TE-cooled, providing high dynamic range and high sensitivity operation modes that are configurable through the included software interface. B&W Tek, Inc., Newark, DE;

NIR spectral engines

BaySpec's SuperGamut Series NIR Spectral Engines reportedly use proprietary Volume Phase Grating technology to achieve high spectral resolution and measurement accuracy. According to the company, both reflectance and transmission modes of spectroscopic measurements and process applications are supported. BaySpec, Inc., Fremont, CA;

Product catalog

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments has completed a new full-color product catalog, "Solutions for Spectroscopy," for its line of UV-vis, FTIR, Fluorescence, ICP, AA, and EDX instruments and software. A brief description of each product is given, providing recipients with information on Shimadzu's full breadth of spectroscopy instruments. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, MD;

Surrogate standards

SPEX CertiPrep's Tinted Indicator surrogate standards enable users to verify that surrogate standards have been added. According to the company, the surrogate standards will change to an orange tint in the presence of neutral or basic solutions and a red tint for acidic solutions. SPEX CertiPrep, Metuchen, NJ;

Automated fusion machines

Katanax Electric Fluxers from SPEX SamplePrep are automated fusion machines tied to an electric furnace that reportedly meet the demands of both small and large sample preparation applications. According to the company, the fluxers come equipped with everything users need to prepare both disks and solutions for XRF, AA, and ICP, and both disk and solution units are included and can readily do peroxide or pyrosulfate fusions. SPEX SamplePrep LLC, Metuchen, NJ;

FT-IR software

The new ChemID software from Smiths Detection is designed for use with the IdentifyIR miniaturized FT-IR analysis system. According to the company, the software allows the user to search library databases for sample identification easily, while modules within the software allow peak picking and functional group analysis of the sample. Smiths Detection Scientific, Danbury, CT;

Raman probes

InPhotonics' RPI Raman fiber-optic probes are designed for installation in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. Probes are available up to 2 in. in diameter with any size ANSI/DIN flange and several feet in length for suitable positioning in the reaction vessel. According to the company, the design reduces optical losses over such long lengths. The probes can withstand pressures as high as 3000 psi and temperatures as high as 250 °C. The probe features two backup containment fields, compatibility with NEC and ATEX regulations, and a purged junction box. InPhotonics, Inc., Norwood, MA;

Raman microscope

Enwave introduces the new μSense series of Raman microscopes, which reportedly feature a spectral resolution of ~5.5 cm–1, spectral rage of ~100–3000 nm, and high sensitivity, and achieve spatial resolution of better than 5 μm. According to the company, the Raman unit can be detached from the microscope and used as portable instrument. Enwave Optronics, Inc., Irvine, CA;

MS scanning option

Varian, Inc. announces the TurboDDS, their new data-dependent scanning option for the 500-MS Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer, designed to deliver complex tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) or MSn measurements automatically, based on limited and simple operator-specified criteria. According to the company, the analysis of complex sequences of mass spectrometric measurements can be accomplished in a single chromatographic separation. Varian, Inc., Palo Alto, CA;

Fiber-optic sample compartment

Quantum Northwest's qpod temperature control system for fiber-optic spectroscopy features a cuvette holder in the center designed to provide precision, Peltier-based temperature control from –30 °C to +105 °C. According to the company, the cuvette holder has magnetic stirring and a dry gas purge. Quantum Northwest, Spokane, WA;

ICP emission spectrometer

Thermo Scientific's iCAP 6500 spectrometer is designed for a wide range of industries and specifically suited to the needs of general and elemental analysis laboratories in the petrochemical industry. It features a unique radial plasma, ideal for testing the condition of car engine oils, lubricants, and hydraulic fluids. According to the company, a distributed purge system offers reduced gas consumption, whereas the inherent capabilities of fully automated wavelength calibration and offset correction ensure high long-term stability. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA;

Multifrequency fluorometer

The MF2 multifrequency fluorometer from Horiba Jobin Yvon is designed to apply all frequencies simultaneously to isolate the lifetime behavior of a substance instantaneously. According to the company, LEDs or laser diodes are available for the UV-NIR range, or users can switch to pockel-cell modulation of a xenon lamp. HORIBA Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ;

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. C-flow nebulizers are now available pre-cleaned and with autosampler probes. Savillex Corporation, Minnetonka, MN;

NIR miniprobes

Specac's Prospect fiber-optic transmission probes are designed for NIR process applications. Constructed of stainless steel and using gold/nickel bonding with sapphire windows, the probes are reportedly capable of operation at temperatures as high as 250 °C and pressures as high as 100 bar. The probes are available with pathlengths of 1, 2, and 5 mm with probe lengths of 100, 200, and 500 mm. Specac Inc., Woodstock, GA;

ATR accessory

Harrick's new VariGATR™ grazing angle ATR accessory, with its variable 60–65°, provides high sensitivity for the analysis of monolayers on silicon and metal substrates. According to the company, the product is compatible with all FT-IR spectrometers, accommodates samples up to 200mm in diameter, and has a built-in pressure applicator. Harrick Scientific Products, Pleasantville, NY;

Mass spectrometer

Bruker Daltonics announces their next-generation Qq-TOF mass spectrometer: the micrOTOF™-Q II, designed for accurate mass LC–MS-MS performance in proteomics, biomarker profiling, metabolomics, and other small molecule applications. According to the company, the product offers the on-the-fly SmartFormula™ 3D method for the unambiguous sum formula determination of small molecules. Bruker Daltonics, Billerica, MA;

UHP fittings and connectors

The Upchurch Scientific line of Ultra High Performance (UHP) fittings and connectors are designed to increase the ability of a separation system to handle the demands of the newest techniques. According to the company, conductive stainless steel connectors are rated to 28,800 psi (1930 bar), and high-performance polymer fittings are rated to 15,000 psi (1034 bar). IDEX Health & Science, Oak Harbor, WA;

Modular spectroscopy sensing suite

Ocean Optics' Jaz Modular Spectroscopy Sensing Suite is a family of modular optical sensing instruments designed to be adaptable for the field, lab, or process environments. According to the company, the suite is a family of stackable, modular, and autonomous components that share common electronics and communications, are able to operate together or separately, and reportedly incorporate a powerful microprocessor and onboard display. Ocean Optics, Dunedin, FL;

Spectrophotometer kit

The In-Spec Nano-Kit from GFS Chemicals is designed specifically for the short pathlength/small sample spectrophotometers that can be used for DNA/RNA quantification tests. According to the company, the kit comes with two standards that allow users to verify the photometric accuracy of their instrument at 260 nm, 280 nm, and 320 nm. GFS Chemicals, Inc., Powell, OH;

XRPD system

PANalytical's new CubiX Walk-Up X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) system is designed for fully automated XRPD measurement, analysis, and reporting in a multidisciplinary environment. According to the company, the instrument provides straightforward sample handling with the sample changer located outside the radiation enclosure, a secure multiuser interface with log in, and fully automated measurement and analysis. PANalytical, Almelo, The Netherlands;

TOF GC–MS system

LECO's TruTOF HT TOFMS system reportedly features continuous full-range mass acquisition rates as high as 80 spectra/s to provide accurate identification of unknown and targeted compounds in complex samples. According to the company, the product also includes data-analysis and environmental-reporting software and offers both electron and chemical ionization sources. LECO Corporation, St. Joseph, MI;

Mass spectrometer

The Agilent 6410B triple quadrupole (QQQ) mass spectrometer (MS) features polarity-switching scans every 500 msec, allowing complex mixtures of compounds with strong fragmentation in positive and negative ion mode to be analyzed in a single run. According to the company, the product doubles the number of Multiple Reaction Monitoring (MRM) scans that can be performed in a given time segment and also increases the maximum number of MRMs per method to more than 10,000. Agilent Technologies, Inc., Wilmington, DE;

Universal controllers

CVI Melles Griot introduces universal controllers that reportedly run DPSS or diode lasers from 405 nm to 660 nm in cw or modulation mode, where appropriate. According to the company, a common format and command set simplifies integration, and CDRH/CE turn key and OEM versions are available. CVI Melles Griot, Carlsbad, CA;

Diamond ATR accessory

PIKE Technologies introduces the GladiATR diamond ATR accessory for FTIR analysis. The ATR accessory has a monolithic diamond crystal design and is compatible with pressure applications up to 30,000 psi. According to the company, the product provides a full mid-IR spectral range (4000–400 cm–1) and extended far-IR spectral range (400–2 cm–1) with compatible FTIR optics. PIKE Technologies, Madison, WI;

Pressure safety device

MDC Vacuum's burst disks are designed as a safety device to protect vacuum systems against over-pressurization during back-fill or from an accidental increase in pressure due to a system malfunction. According to the company, BDA-series ASME UD certified burst disks feature all-metal stainless steel construction and are designed for use in UHV applications. MDC Vacuum Products, LLC, Hayward, CA;