November 1, 2008


X-ray microanalysis system

The Genesis Apex X-ray microanalysis system from EDAX includes the company's Apollo silicon drift detector and a digital pulse processor designed to provide a clean spectrum and processing times of greater than 1,000,000 cps. The system also includes the company's Expert ID software for element identification. EDAX, Inc., Mahwah, NJ;

Fluorescence measurement system

Hitachi's Quantum Yield measurement system for the company's model F-7000 fluorescence spectrophotometer is designed for fast measurements and calculations of internal and external QY, absorption, absorption amount, and fluorescent amount of powder samples. The system includes the accessories required for spectral correction and quantum yield measurements in the range of 240–800 nm. Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc., Pleasanton, CA;

Laser delivery assemblies

High Power Laser Delivery assemblies from Fiberguide include a custom-designed high-power SMA connector that uses an air gap feature to eliminate energy-absorbing materials at fiber end. The assemblies' cantilevered fiber end reportedly accepts high power levels that typically destroy traditional fiber termination. A heat sink conducts generated heat away from the fiber. Fiberguide Industries, Stirling, 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 precleaned and with autosampler probes. Savillex Corporation, Minnetonka, MN;

UV–vis system selector guide

Thermo Fisher Scientific's web-based UV–vis product and accessory guide is designed to enable customers in the life science, pharmaceutical, material science, and general laboratory fields to select a UV–vis spectrophotometer. The guide reportedly facilitates quick navigation through a logical progression of application questions and answers, including specific sections for material science and life science applications. Users can compare features from a range of product information. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Madison, WI;

NMR magnets

Varian's PremiumCOMPACT NMR magnets are designed to incorporate advances in superconducting wire that allow smaller magnets to be manufactured. According to the company, the magnets have lower ceiling height requirements and smaller fringe field footprints. The magnets reportedly have lower cryogen requirements for commissioning and very low static boil-off. Varian, Inc., Palo Alto, CA;

Electron backscatter detector

The DigiView IV electron backscatter detector from EDAX is designed to obtain orientation mapping data at rates up to 150 indexed patterns per second and can be used for phase identification using the company's Genesis and Delphi software. The detector uses a bellows-based insertion and retraction system for operation while under vacuum and for live-imaging. Other applications include determination of crystal orientation, grain size, and boundary information. EDAX, Inc., Mahwah, NJ;

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;

Fluorescence lifetime system

The TemPro fluorescence lifetime system from HORIBA Jobin Yvon uses time-correlated single photon counting for measuring fluorescence lifetimes ranging from picoseconds to seconds. The instrument includes a USB 2.0 interface for data transfer and interchangeable pulsed laser diode and LED light sources that cover discrete emission wavelengths from 255 nm to the near-IR range. Options include light sources, polarizers, and extended detection to 850 nm. HORIBA Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ;

Infrared microscope

The new Thermo Scientific Nicolet™ iN10 MX infrared microscope reportedly provides chemical images at very fast speeds utilizing Ultra-Fast Mapping, which maps a 1 mm × 1 mm area in four seconds. According to the company, Micro-ATR Mapping measures samples as small as 3 μm. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Waltham, MA;


Higher power DPSS lasers from CVI Melles Griot are designed for real time, live imaging applications and flow cytometry. The lasers are available in 50 mW at 488 nm and 50 and 75 mW at 561 nm. Diode products at 405, 442, 640, and 660 nm are also available. CVI Melles Griot, Carlsbad, CA;

FT-IR spectrometer

The IRAffinity-1 FT-IR spectrometer from Shimadzu is designed for high-precision infrared analysis to confirm, identify, and detect foreign matter in various application areas. According to the company, the instrument features long-term stability, protection from humidity, increased reliability, and analysis support programs. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc., Columbia, MD;

Long-wavelength NIR Raman spectrograph

The Nunavut long-wavelength NIR Raman spectrograph from BaySpec is designed to replace bulky, slow FT-IR systems. The system features a dispersive f/2 design with no moving parts. According to the company, the spectrograph can be used for measuring biological and tissue samples at 1064 nm, avoiding high fluorescent background at 785 nm. The instrument's spectral resolution reportedly is 8 cm–1 with spectral coverage up to 3300 cm–1. BaySpec, Inc., Fremont, CA;

ATR accessory

The GladiATR diamond ATR accessory from PIKE Technologies is designed to provide high energy throughput, apply maximum sample pressure, and provide a wide spectral range. An optional video display enables users to position the sample for analysis of visible sample features and for easing product defect analysis. According to the company, the accessory is compatible with most FT-IR components. PIKE Technologies, Madison, WI;

Biodiesel standards

B100 biodiesel standards from SPEX CertiPrep are designed to meet the requirements of ASTM methods D6751, D5453, and EN14214. Products include certified B100 blanks, sulfur in B100, and Ca, K, Mg, Na, and P in B100. The standards are supplied with a certificate of analysis and MSDS. Custom standards are available. SPEX CertiPrep, Inc., Metuchen, NJ;

MS software

Agilent and Proteome Software's Scaffold 2.1 software supports the processing of search results from Agilent's Spectrum Mill protein database search engine. The software is designed to statistically validate peptides and proteins from tandem mass spectrometry data, combine results from multiple search engines, and graphically display identifications in biologically relevant formats. Search engine results can be compared with those of Mascot, SEQUEST, Phenyx, OMSSA, and X!Tandem search engines. Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, CA;

Handheld XRF instrument

Bruker's TRACERturboSD handheld X-ray fluorescence instrument include's the company's Xflash silicon drift detector. The unit is designed to provide fast analysis of sophisticated metals such as light element alloys without the use of a vacuum or helium attachment. Bruker AXS, Kennewick, WA;

FT-IR spectrometer

Varian, Inc. announces its new 600-IR series of FT-IR spectrometers, microscopes, and imaging solutions, comprising a range of products for both routine analyses and advanced research applications. According to the company, the new range of spectrometers and microscopes enables users to run samples faster, while maintaining high accuracy. Varian, Inc., Palo Alto, CA;

Circular dichroism spectrometer

The model J-815 circular dichroism spectrometer from JASCO measures circular dichroism, absorbance, and fluorescence versus wavelength and temperature. The instrument can analyze as many as six samples at a time. JASCO, Easton, MD;

Handheld FT-IR system

A2 Technologies' Exoscan handheld FT-IR system is designed for applications in which analyzing the condition of a surface is critical, including nondestructive surface testing and molecular analysis of advanced composites and metals. A2 Technologies, Danbury, CT;

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;

Calibration standards

Liquid secondary standards from Hellma are designed for spectrophotometer calibration. The liquid filter sets enable users to check spectral resolution, wavelength, and photometric accuracy. According to the company, the filters are made with calibration solutions sealed in quartz cells with a 10-mm light path. They are available in sets and individually. Hellma USA, Inc., Plainview, NY;

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 easily search library databases for sample identification, while modules within the software allow peak picking and functional group analysis of the sample. Smiths Detection Scientific, Danbury, CT;

EDXRF spectrometer

PANalytical's MiniPal 4 Sulfur energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometer is designed for analyzing sulfur in diesel fuels and for quality control and ensuring compliance with international regulations. The spectrometer includes a 15-kV silver anode tube and a silicon drift detector. According to the company, the instrument's software automatically selects the best calibration relative to the sulfur content of an unknown sample. PANalytical, Almelo, The Netherlands;

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;

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. According to the company, the instrument achieves detection limits of 10 ppt/absolute mass 0.0025 mg with a 400-mm flowcell. Buck Scientific, East Norwalk, CT;

Multipin circular connectors

CeramTec's hermetic circular connectors are designed to meet MIL-C-26482 specifications and to provide instrumentation signals into a high-vacuum environment. Standard configurations include 3, 6, 10, 19, 32, and 41 gold-plated pin connectors. They are available as a welded unit or in a ConFlat or ISO flange. CeramTec North America Corp., Laurens, SC;

ICP–OES system

The PerkinElmer Optima 7x00 Series ICP-OES system is designed for real-world applications. According to the company, each instrument has been engineered to minimize day-to-day maintenance and to eliminate QC failures. PerkinElmer, Inc., Waltham, MA;

Thin-film measurement software

StellarNet's ThinFilmCompanion software provides real-time spectral capture and instrument control for reflectance and transmittance in thin-film measurement applications. The software includes a library of materials data, and new material reportedly can be added by measuring the corresponding sample or importing data from a file. The software also provides options for analyzing simple and complex filmstacks, including graded layers, periodic structures, very thick films, films on thin substrates, and multisample measurements. StellarNet, Inc., Tampa, FL;

Element identification software

EDAX's Expert ID software is designed with a background fitting routine to provide accurate element identification in one step. The software's physics- and rules-based algorithm reportedly enables increased peak identification accuracy. According to the company, the software uses an interactive process and enables users to perform quantitative analysis and to generate maps. EDAX, Inc., Mahwah, NJ;

Demountable ICP torch

A demountable ICP torch from Glass Expansion is designed for use with ICP spectrometers. The torch's standard quartz outer tubes can be replaced when worn, and ceramic outer tubes are designed to withstand harsh conditions. The torch is available for specific PerkinElmer and Thermo Fisher Scientific ICP–OES systems. Glass Expansion, Inc., Pocasset, MA;

Modular measuring components

The Jaz modular measuring components from Ocean Optics are designed to integrate multipoint spectral sampling and reference monitoring into process streams and other sample environments. The components include a CCD-array spectrometer, a user-selected grating, and slit options for various applications. As many as eight spectrometer channels can be accommodated. Ocean Optics, Inc., Dunedin, FL;