February 1, 2009


Standard solutions

Claritas single- and multielement standard solutions from Spex CertiPrep reportedly are made with the highest purity materials and are tested by ICP-MS. According to the company, the standards are supplied with a certificate that reports actual measured values in the final solution of both the major analytes and as many as 68 trace element impurities. Spex CertiPrep, Metuchen, NJ;

XRF spectrometer

The M1 MISTRAL tabletop microanalysis X-ray fluorescence spectrometer from Bruker AXS is designed for nondestructive analysis of gold and other precious metals. The instrument's sample stage allows the analysis of irregularly shaped objects as large as 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm. The spectrometer includes an integrated video microscope with a cross-hair function for sample positioning. According to the company, elemental compositions are provided in less than 1 min of measurement time. Bruker AXS, Madison, WI;

Automated fluxer

Katanax's automated K2 fluxer is designed around a high-performance electric furnace and can prepare inorganic samples as either glass disks for XRF or as acid solutions for ICP and AA. The fluxer reportedly can prepare as many as five samples at a time with a throughput of as many as 25 samples per hour. The fluxer includes a multilingual text interface with a real-time temperature display. Katanax, Quebec, Canada;

Raman microscope with AFM

WITec's alpha500 confocal Raman microscope is designed to combine 3-D chemical imaging and atomic force microscopy for structural imaging in an automated system. The system includes a motorized sample stage that allows multiarea, multipoint measurements or overview scans on a user-defined number of points. The system's automated functions include integrated autofocus and an AFM-tip approach. WITec Instruments Corp., Savoy, IL;

Analytical instruments

Analytical instruments from HORIBA Scientific are available for areas such as elemental analysis, fluorescence, forensics, GDS, ICP, particle characterization, Raman spectroscopy, spectral ellipsometry, sulfur-in-oil analysis, water quality, and X-ray fluorescence. Brands include Jobin Yvon, IBH, SPEX, Instruments S.A., IS, Dilor, Sofie, SLM, and Beta Scientific. HORIBA Scientific, Edison, NJ;

ICP-AES method development

HORIBA Scientific's CLIP (collection of line intensity profiles) is designed to assist analysts in the development of methods for high-resolution sequential ICP–atomic emission spectroscopy. According to the company, the profile of each line is calculated according to the instrument's configuration, including focal length, slit combination, diffraction grating, and order used. The product is available as an upgrade module for the company's ULTIMA instrument. HORIBA Scientific, Edison, NJ;

Fluorescence lifetime system

The TemPro fluorescence lifetime system from HORIBA Scientific uses time-correlated single photon counting for fluorescence measurements. The desktop instrument reportedly is capable of measuring lifetimes ranging from picoseconds to seconds. The instrument includes interchangeable pulsed laser diode and LED light sources that cover discrete emission wavelengths from 255 nm to near IR. Options include light sources, polarizers, and detection out to 850 nm. HORIBA Scientific, Edison, NJ;

Raman microscope

HORIBA Scientific's XploRA Raman microscope is designed to combine microscopy and chemical analysis for use in R&D, QA/QC, and forensic laboratories. According to the company, the instrument performs nondestructive analysis at atmospheric conditions with no sample preparation. Software modules include a Guided Operation wizard. HORIBA Scientific, Edison, NJ;

Custom instrument benches

Mobile laboratory benches from OMNI Enclosures are designed for mass spectrometers. The benches reportedly optimize laboratory space and provide a quieter environment. The benches feature integrated accessories designed for comfort, organization, and safety. According to the company, the bench systems are available in various sizes and will support mass spectrometers and related equipment from all manufacturers. OMNI Enclosures, San Diego, CA;

IR–FTIR supplies catalog

A 52-page catalog of IR–FTIR supplies and accessories is available from New Era Enterprises. The catalog includes application notes and lists products such as infrared optics windows, lenses, ATR elements, and optical coatings; liquid, solid, and gas transmission accessories; HATR crystal plate mount, and liquid transmission cell reconditioning. New Era Enterprises, Inc., Vineland, NJ;

Optical filters

Optical filters from Semrock, part of IDEX Health & Science, are available for fluorescence, Raman spectroscopy, and laser systems. StopLine ion-beam sputtered notch filters reportedly have deep laser-line blocking and UV to near-IR passbands in six wavelengths from 405 nm to 808 nm. According to the company, notch filters block laser lines and transmit adjacent wavelengths and provide long lifetimes. IDEX Health & Science, Oak Harbor, WA;

GC–MS system

LECO's TruTOF HT GC–MS system is designed to provide continuous full-range mass acquisition rates as high as 80 spectra/s. According to the company, the instrument also provides fully integrated EPA reporting functionality. Electron and chemical ionization sources are available. LECO, St. Joseph, MI;

FT-IR system

The IRAffinity-1 FT-IR system 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 compact system features long-term stability, protection from humidity, increased reliability, and analysis support systems. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, MD;

Simultaneous ICP system

Shimadzu's ICPE-9000 system is designed to provide long-term stability and precise high-speed, high-resolution ICP analyses. The instrument includes a large-scale CCD detector and an echelle spectrometer, a vacuum spectrometer, and a vertical minitorch. The instrument's software features assistant functions for simple and accurate measurements. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, MD;

Automated purge-and-trap sampler

The JTD-505III automated purge-and-trap sampler from DyChrom incorporates Curie point heating and includes large-capacity quartz sample tubes. The sampler reportedly can be used with samples ranging from low-boiling VOCs to high-boiling components. As many as 15 sample tubes can be loaded onto the system's auto-sampler rack. Samples can be processed in any order. According to the company, the sampler can be installed on all commercial gas chromatographs. DyChrom, Sunnyvale, CA;

Nitrogen–sulfur–chlorine analyzer

Thermo Fisher Scientific's TITAN 4000 Total Nitrogen/Sulfur/Chlorine analyzer is designed for refinery and petrochemical applications. According to the company, the instrument's working range extends from parts-per-billion to parts-per-million concentrations. Potential samples include naphtha, aromatics, automotive fuels, biodiesel fuels, and gaseous and liquid propane gas. Analysis times reportedly are 2 min for total nitrogen and sulfur and less than 4 min for total chlorine. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Madison, WI;

Cryogenic grinding mill

The CryoMill from Retsch is designed for cryogenic grinding. The mill is continually cooled with liquid nitrogen from an integrated cooling system before and during the grinding process. Grinding parameters can be stored, and LEDs in the display indicate the current state of operation. The mill has a vibrational frequency of 25 Hz. Samples mainly are ground by impact but are also ground by friction, which reportedly provides finer grind sizes. The mill includes one grinding station for grinding jar volumes of 25, 35, and 50 mL. An optional adapter holds as many as four 5-mL grinding jars. Retsch, Inc., Newtown, PA;

ICP liquid flow monitor

Glass Expansion's TruFlo device measures and digitally displays the sample flow rate to an ICP-OES system or ICP-MS nebulizer. According to the company, the device can be programmed to sound an alarm when a deviation from specified flow rates occurs. It reportedly also can provide an electronic record of sample flow rate for regulatory compliance. Glass Expansion, Pocasset, MA;

NIR system

The XDS MasterLab NIR system from FOSS NIRSystems is designed for rapid nondestructive measurements of solid dosage forms and solids in vials. Features and capabilities include automated transmission or reflectance analysis of multiple tablets or vials, integrated variable spot size, analysis times of less than 1 min, no sample preparation or reagent requirements, and interchangeable modules. FOSS NIRSystems, Laurel, MD;

ICP-MS nebulizer system

The Aridus II desolvating nebulizer system from CETAC Technologies is intended for use in low-flow ICP-MS applications. The nebulizer system features fluoropolymer components for resistance to HF-containing samples, and the system's membrane desolvator reportedly reduces solvent-based mass spectral interference. According to the company, the system can be used to analyze geological and semiconductor-type samples. CETAC Technologies, Omaha, NE;

Digital line scan camera

Sensors Unlimited's model SU1024LDH SWIR digital line scan camera is designed for high-speed NIR spectroscopy and machine vision. The camera includes an uncooled linear InGaAs image sensor system with 1024 25 mm x 25 mm pixels. Quantum efficiency reportedly is greater than 70% from 1.0 to 1.6 mm. The camera reportedly sees beyond the visible range and outputs 14-bit Camera Link at frame rates greater than 46,000 lines/s. Sensors Unlimited, part of Goodrich Corporation, Princeton, NJ;

Reflection probe

Hellma's model 668.006-NIR reflection probe is designed for diffuse reflection measurements in the visible and NIR ranges. The probe reportedly was developed for online analysis of scattering goods. The probe includes seven circularly arranged illumination fibers with a core diameter of 200 µm each for homogeneous lighting of samples. The probe's central reception fiber has a diameter of 600 µm and directs the diffuse reflected light back to the spectrophotometer's detector. Applications include determining the composition of bulk goods or pastes and monitoring the moisture content of powders or granulates. Hellma GmbH & Co. KG, Muellheim, Germany;

Raman systems

Nunavut Raman systems from BaySpec integrate volume phase grating–based spectrographs, deep-cooled cameras, light sources, and a fiber-optic probe in a portable enclosure. Available systems include 785-nm and 1064-nm options. According to the company, the systems are designed for high throughput and long life. BaySpec, Inc., Fremont, CA;

Diamond ATR accessory

The GladiATR diamond ATR accessory from Pike Technologies can be used for analysis of hard objects such as coated metal wires, polymer pellets, and geological samples. Crystal plate options include germanium and choices for heating and cooling. The accessory is available with a liquid-crystal display. According to the company, the video display enables users to position the sample to desired areas for analyzing visible sample features. Illumination and camera image are integrated below the diamond crystal. Pike Technologies, Madison, WI;

Raman-AFM system

An integrated Raman–atomic force microscopy system from Renishaw plc and NT-MDT (Russia) is designed for confocal Raman spectroscopy and tip-enhanced Raman scattering. The AFM head reportedly provides low drift and high stability. According to the company, scanning probe microscopy is complementary to light microscopy but has nanoscale resolution and can measure physical properties under controlled conditions. Renishaw Inc., Hoffman Estates, IL;

Miniature spectrophotometer

The AvaSpec-2048-ULS ultralow straylight miniature spectrophotometer from Avantes has an optical bench with a dual internal modestripper and multiple compound parabolic concentrators for straylight reduction. The instrument is designed to provide a factor of 20 decrease in strain sensitivity. Multiple configuration options are available from 200 nm to 1100 nm. Avantes, Inc., Broomfield, CO;

Custom standards

Custom inorganic standards from Inorganic Ventures can be used in applications such as ICP, ICP-MS, atomic absorption, and ion chromatography. Each standard is supplied with a certificate of analysis that details NIST traceability, certified values, and trace impurities. The standards reportedly are manufactured in a "green" manufacturing facility. Inorganic Ventures, Lakewood, NJ;

XRF spectrometer

The Axios FAST simultaneous X-ray fluorescence system from PANalytical is designed for high speed and throughput for routine analysis and dedicated real-time process control in applications such as mining exploration and steelmaking. The instrument reportedly allows simultaneous fixed-channel measurements of as many as 28 elements. Features include a 4-kW X-ray tube, a high-throughput sample loading turret mechanism, externally mounted channels, self-monitoring facilities for remote diagnostics, and dedicated software and hardware interfaces. PANalytical, Natick, MA;

Fiber-optic accessories

The Omni-Diff and Omni-Spec diffuse and specular reflection fiber-optic accessories from Harrick Scientific connect via 1.5-m cables to the company's FiberMate 2 interface installed in a spectrometer. According to the company, selection of the appropriate fiber cables allows operation in wavelength regions ranging from UV to the mid-infrared. An optional USB-compatible camera is available. Harrick Scientific Products, Pleasantville, NY;

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;

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;

Portable Raman instrument

The portable EZRaman-I instrument from Enwave is designed to provide approximately 50 times better sensitivity than most other portable Raman instruments. According to the company, the instrument's spectral resolution is approximately 6 cm–1 and its spectral range is 100–2000 cm–1 . Enwave Optronics, Inc., Irvine, CA;

XRF inorganic elemental analyzer

EDAX's Orbis micro-XRF inorganic elemental analyzer is designed to perform nondestructive measurements that require minimal sample preparation and provide improved sensitivity over SEM and EDS methods. The analyzer includes a motorized turret for coaxial sample view and X-ray analysis. Primary beam filters can be used with X-ray optics for micrometer to millimeter spot elemental analyses. Applications include forensics, materials analysis, failure analysis, and elemental imaging. EDAX Inc., Mahwah, NJ;

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;


ICDD's PDF-4/Organics 2009 database contains 370,844 entries and is designed for rapid materials identification. According to the company, the database can be used for formulation analysis, drug and tablet stability, and identification of polymorphs, excipients, and drugs. Other possible applications include the identification or fingerprinting of crystalline and noncrystalline phases. The database reportedly was produced by combining drug active compounds with polymers, common inorganic salts, excipients, and pharmaceuticals. ICDD, Newtown Square, PA;

Hard-clad silica fibers

Large-core multimode hard-clad silica and silica/silica fibers from Fiberguide Industries are designed to provide increased fiber strength, reduced static fatigue in humid environments, and robust bonding to prevent pistoning. The fibers are available as hard-clad silica with N.A. of 0.39 and hard-clad silica/silica with N.A. of 0.22. Fiberguide Industries, Inc., Stirling, NJ;

Mercury analyzer

The Model RA-3000 Gold+AFS mercury analyzer from Nippon Instruments Corporation is designed for EPA Method 1631E, which allows for the determination of mercury at a minimum level of 0.5 parts-per-trillion in water. According to the company, the analyzer simplifies low to sub-parts-per-trillion mercury analysis. Nippon Instruments North America, College Station, TX;

Lab equipment marketplace

Since 1995, LabX has been a highly specialized business-to-business marketplace for the lab equipment community. According to the company, LabX serves more than 680,000 worldwide users per month. LabX, Toronto, Ontario, Canada;

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;

Instruments for film thickness measurements

Using a fiber optic spectrometer coupled to a reflectance probe and fiber optic light source, it is possible to measure film thickness by detecting the sinusoidal fringe pattern from the sample's specular reflectance. StellarNet offers EPP2000 model spectrometers that range from 190–2300 nm. Dual channel configurations, extended range detectors, or high-resolution optics can be employed to suit your optical requirements. StellarNet, Inc., Tampa, FL;

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;

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;

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;

FT-IR spectrometers

ABB Analytical's general-purpose laboratory Fourier-transform IR spectrometers are designed for ease of use, reliability, and constant results. Two versions are available: the MB3000 system is for analyses in the mid-IR range, and the MB3600 system is for near-IR analyses. The company's Horizon MB FT-IR software can be used with the spectrometers to facilitate data acquisition, processing, and sample analysis. ABB Analytical, Quebec, Canada;