February 1, 2007

Featured products from the spectroscopy marketplace.


HORIBA Jobin Yvon's FluoroMax-4 benchtop spectrofluorometer reportedly features a sensitivity of at least 400,000 cps for the water-Raman peak at 397 nm and a signal-to-noise ratio of 3000:1 minimum. According to the company, the spectrofluorometer uses an ozone-free xenon arc lamp for broadband coverage from the UV to near-IR. Optional accessories include automatic polarizers, a stopped-flow device for kinetics, a microwell-plate reader, and an autotitrator.

HORIBA Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ

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Pump tubing

Glass Expansion's flared-end peristaltic pump tubing reportedly facilitates installation for any application and any solvent. The tubing is designed to accommodate all applications of ICP-OES and ICP-MS.

Glass Expansion, Inc., Pocasset, MA

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Data management software

Bio-Rad Laboratories' KnowItAll Enterprise data management software is designed for centralizing, securing, and accessing IR, NMR, MS, Raman, UV, and chromatographic data. According to the company, the software enables data management and sharing across any enterprise behind the user's own firewall.

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Hercules, CA

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Spectroscopic detector

Andor Technology announces the iDus InGaAs detector array system, which reportedly offers a choice of 512- or 1024-element linear photodiode arrays for NIR spectroscopy with high sensitivity output and high resolution covering wavelengths ranging from 800 μm to 2200 μm.

Andor Technology, South Windsor, CT

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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 to 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

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Process analyzers

RPM Raman process analyzers from Hamilton Sundstrand's Applied Instrument Technologies are designed for production process monitoring and product and process development. The RPM MD multichannel analyzer is designed for laboratory and general-purpose process monitoring, and the RPM 785 process Raman system is designed for use in hazardous areas. According to the company, the systems feature a continuous automatic frequency scale correction that provides permanent calibration.

Hamilton Sundstrand, Windsor Locks, CT

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Portable analyzer

The NITON XLt 797X portable analyzer from Thermo Electron is designed to rapidly screen metals, polymers, and components for RoHS, ELV, and WEEE compliance screening. The device's small sample measurement capability reportedly allows users to isolate and analyze solder joints and small components on populated circuit boards as well as other heterogeneous materials.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Waltham, MA

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ATR system

Harrick's Video Meridian micro-diamond ATR system is designed for use with all FTIR spectrometers to analyze a wide range of samples with little or no preparation. The product comes with a built-in camera, a pressure applicator with digital readout, and a PermaPurge feature that enables rapid sample and crystal exchange without interrupting a system purge. Users can view samples in real-time on the data station's terminal or on the optional LCD display with 44X magnification.

Harrick Scientific Products, Pleasantville, NY

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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

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Interferometer test optics

The Melles Griot Optics Group offers additional Fizeau interferometer test optics to complement the company's Absolute Fizeau l/40 transmission spheres. The additions include Absolute Fizeau l/50 concave and convex reference spheres, Absolute Fizeau l/50 transmission flats, and Absolute Fizeau l/50 reference flats.

Melles Griot, Carlsbad, CA

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Power supply

Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation introduces its model VS100 high-voltage power supply, designed for precision electron beam applications such as semiconductor nanolithography, microoptics, and development mask work. According to the company, the product features ultra low ripple (less than 75 mV p-p, for 100 kV at 100 μA), high stability, and excellent regulation parameters.

Spellman High Voltage, Hauppage, NY

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E-commerce site

SPEX CertiPrep Group announces its e-commerce site at, designed to allow consumers to order products securely, check prices, check order status, download MSDS and certificate of analysis, and instantly access a live chat for technical assistance.

SPEX CertiPrep, Metuchen, NJ

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Fusion machines

The Phoenix DM fusion machines are designed for sintering or fusing samples at temperatures varying from 300 oC to 1600 oC. According to the company, the machines feature individual burner selection, variable-speed swirl action, fully regulated air cooling, and separate mold heating and timing. The machines reportedly can be used at high altitudes without modification.

Premier Lab Supply, Inc., Port St. Lucie, FL

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Raman microscope

The WITec alpha300 R confocal Raman microscope is designed to allow three-dimensional imaging of chemical substance distribution in a sample with a resolution down to 200 nm. According to the company, at each image pixel a complete Raman spectrum is acquired in less than 100 ms.

WITec Instruments Corp., Savoy, IL

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UV-Vis spectrophotometer

Hitachi's model U-2910 PC-controlled double-beam UV-Vis spectrophotometer includes features such as a 1.5-nm spectral bandwidth for EC compliance, 190-1100 nm wavelength range, +/-0.3-nm wavelength accuracy, -2 to 3 Abs photometric range, ±0.004 Abs (0.5–1.0 Abs) photometric accuracy, 10–3600 nm scan speed, 0.0003 A/h baseline stability (drift), and +/-0.00015 A/h noise level. The accompanying UV Solutions software reportedly offers wavelength, time scan, and quantitation.

Hitachi High Technologies America, San Jose, CA

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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

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NIR analyzers

Foss NIRSystems' XDS MasterLab and XDS MultiVial NIR analyzers are designed for rapid nondestructive measurements of tablets, liquids, and solids. The MasterLab analyzer can be used for automated reflectance or transmission analysis of a tray of multiple tablets or vials. An integrated variable spot-size feature enables adjustment of the sample illumination based on the diameter of the tablets and vials being used. The MultiVial analyzer can be used for automated sampling without transmission for tablets. Formore information, e-mail

FOSS NIRSystems, Inc., Laurel, MD

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Process-monitoring software

FTSW100 software from ABB reportedly enables real-time process monitoring for closed-loop control and quality assurance applications. According to the company, the software features built-in chemometrics, data management, and archiving.

ABB, Zurich, Switzerland

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Laser diode module

The fiber-coupled DFB IQμ4x(760-5) laser diode module from Power Technology is designed for applications such as fluorescence, spectroscopy, interferometry, high-resolution printing, display, and microscopy. According to the company, at 760 nm, the module emits 5 mW of output power with a spectral width of 2 MHz. The module also features an on-board menu-driven microprocessor.

Power Technology, Inc., Little Rock, AR

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XRF detector

Amptek offers its XR-100CR XRF detectors, featuring 149-eV resolution, thermoelectric cooler, small size, and solid-state design, as both complete systems and to OEMs. According to the company, it does not use liquid nitrogen and is suitable for portable applications such as measuring plating thickness; lead detection; RoHS/WEEE verification; semiconductor processing, and sulfur in oil and coal.

Amptek, Inc., Bedford, MA

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Cryogenic mill

The 6770 Freezer/Mill cryogenic mill from SPEX SamplePrep comes with a touch-screen interface, a removable control panel, and on-board self-diagnostics. The mill embrittles samples by immersing the grinding vial in liquid nitrogen, and then pulverizes them with a magnetically driven impactor. Applications include preparation of samples for DNA–RNA extraction from plant and animal tissue, trace-element analysis of hair, screening of asbestos-containing materials, pharmaceutical research, diffraction studies of soft materials, and food analysis.

SPEX SamplePrep, Metuchen, NJ

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Raman spectrometers

The MonoVista CRS and the TriVista CRS Confocal Raman systems from PI/Acton are designed to offer both macro and confocal micro analysis capabilities in a single system, enhancing experimental flexibility and allowing switching between macro and micro modes. The company states that the integrated modular systems provide instant results and easy configuration for multiple applications, with integrated laser options available.

PI/Acton, Trenton, NJ

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Customizable polarimeter

The model P-2000 polarimeter from JASCO is designed to be a customizable polarimeter that can be equipped initially with various options and can also be upgraded in the field at any time. According to the company, the product offers a range of light sources including tungsten-halogen, sodium, and mercury lamps. As many as two light sources can be simultaneously installed in the instrument.

JASCO Inc., Easton, MD

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Low-volume cells

Ocean Optics' FluoroVette Flowcells are low-volume, disposable cells designed for nanomolar-range fluorescence detection in solutions. According to the company, they hold 50 μL of fluid, transmit UV light to 220 μm, and are available in versions designed for loading the sample with a pipetter or connecting to a pump for flow studies.

Ocean Optics, Dunedin, FL

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Custom standards

Inorganic Ventures manufactures custom inorganic standards for applications including ICP, ICP–MS, AA, and IC. Standards are made according to user specifications and come with an extensive certificate of analysis that details NIST traceability, certified values, and trace impurities. Reportedly, the company can ship 99% of its custom solutions in three days or less.

Inorganic Ventures, Lakewood, NJ

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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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FT-IR spectrometer

Bruker Optics' VERTEX 80v vacuum FT-IR spectrometer is designed to provide high rejection of the interference from atmospheric gases, such as water vapor and carbon dioxide. Data acquisition is based on dual-channel 24-bit analog-to-digital converters integrated with the detector, which reportedly yield a high signal-to-noise ratio. According to the company, the instrument's linear air bearing interferometer allows a resolution < 0.07 cm–1.

Bruker Optics, Billerica, MA

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Portable Raman spectrometer

Enwave's EZRaman-M field-portable Raman system is designed for use in forensic and security applications, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, and educational and research laboratories. The system features a 785-nm frequency-stabilized laser and spectral coverage of 250–2300 cm–1.

Enwave Optronics, Inc., Irvine, CA

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Handheld Raman analyzer

Ahura Scientific's TruScan handheld Raman system is designed for rapid and accurate material identity verification in a rugged, lightweight casing. Optional snap-on accessories include a vial holder, a universal tablet holder, and the FlexProbe fiber-optic extension.

Ahura Scientific, Inc., Wilmington, MA

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Multichannel modular system

Avantes' AvaSpec USB2.0 modular system for multichannel fiber-optic spectrometers can reportedly be configured as a single, dual, triple, quadruple, or multichannel instrument with as many as 127 spectrometer channels. According to the company, the simultaneous data sampling allows fast read-out and enables monitoring of pulsed light sources with different channels evaluating the same pulse. The spectrometers can be used in standalone mode if the microprocessor is loaded with application-specific standalone firmware.

Avantes, Boulder, CO

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Magnetic resonance spectrometer

Varian introduces its model 400-MR magnetic resonance spectrometer, which is designed to give nonspecialists access to state-of-the-art methods for molecular characterization and quantitation. According to the company, the NMR spectrometer's compact footprint makes it easier to accommodate in small analytical laboratories in pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical, and academic environments.

Varian, Inc., Palo Alto, CA

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The TrayCell cuvette from Hellma reportedly uses the surface tension of 4 μL of sample to form a repeatable optical path of 1 mm +/- 0.02 mm. According to the company, it is compatible with most spectrophotometers, operates at temperatures ranging from 5 °C to 50 °C, and has a wavelength range of 190–800 nm. Applications include biotechnology, drug discovery, and forensics.

Hellma, Plainview, NY

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ATR accessory

The DuraScope diamond ATR accessory from Smiths Detection reportedly features a virtually indestructible sampling surface and provides 38X magnification of samples, which enables the simple positioning of small samples and viewing of the sample in contact with the diamond internal reflection element while collecting spectra.

Smiths Detection, Danbury, CT

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Vibratory disk mill

The model RS 200 vibratory disk mill from Retsch reportedly features a 1.5-kW stabilized plane drive that achieves grind sizes of 40–100 μm within seconds. Features include all-digital controls with memory for up to 10 grinding programs, one-button operation, automatic recognition, and speed adjustment from 1400 to 700 rpm with agate grinding sets.

Retsch, Newtown, PA

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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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Ion mobility spectrometry

The IONSCAN-LS by Smiths Detection is designed to detect and quantitate trace analytes using ion mobility spectrometry with two sample introduction methods: thermal desorption from a filter and high-performance injection. According to the company, the product can analyze samples over a concentration range of about three orders of magnitude.

Smiths Detection, Danbury, CT

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ICP-OES spectrometer

The Spectro Genesis from Spectro Analytical is reportedly the first and only ICP-OES spectrometer available with a complete set of factory calibrated methods for environmental and industrial applications, ready for use out of the box with an application package that includes the sample introductions system, sample preparation instructions, and method documentation.

Spectro Analytical Instruments, Kleve, Germany

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Raman software

LabSpec5 software from HORIBA Jobin Yvon is designed for use with HORIBA's Raman products, including the LabRAM ARAMIS, LabRAM HR, and T64000 triple spectrograph. According to the company, the software records Raman images in any shape or format at high speed, high spectral resolution, and high spatial resolution and can incorporate custom accessories such as FT-IR, mapping, temperature-controlled stages, and additional detectors.

HORIBA Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ

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Lead sulfide detectors

The J13 Series of lead sulfide detectors from Judson Technologies is designed for operation in the 1–3.5-μm wavelength region. According to the company, the detectors are offered in flat plate cells, TO-style packages and thermoelectric coolers provide low temperature operation for increased sensitivity, longer wavelength operation, and temperature stability.

Judson Technologies, Montgomeryville, PA

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X-ray detector

PANalytical introduces the PIXcel solid-state detector designed for XRD applications. According to the company, the detector contains more than 65,000 pixels, each 55 μm × 55 μm in size. The detector can be mounted as one of the company's PreFIX interchangeable X-ray modules or positioned behind conventional point detector optics.

PANalytical, Almelo, The Netherlands

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High-pressure nebulizers

Meinhard's model TR-50-C high-pressure nebulizers are designed to yield smaller droplet sizes, better signal-to-noise ratio, and improved limits of detection for ICP and ICP-MS. The nebulizers are available with natural aspiration rates of 0.5, 1, 2, and 3 mL/min and are also manufactured in quartz for ICP-MS users who want to minimize boron background.

Meinhard Glass Products, Golden, CO

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Scientific UV laser

The Spectra-Physics Lasers division of Newport Corp. has introduced the Explorer Scientific, a low-power intra-cavity tripled and actively Q-switched diode-pumped solid-state laser that delivers pulse energies of up to 120 μJ in the UV (349 nm). The Class 3B UV laser reportedly can be operated at frequencies ranging from single-shot up to a 5-kHz pulse repetition frequency at variable pulse energies.

Newport Corporation, Irvine, CA

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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

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FT-IR imaging accessory

PerkinElmer's attenuated total reflectance (ATR) image accessory for its Spotlight FT-IR 400 imaging system is designed to provide the highest quality data while maximizing the available image area. The ATR accessory's germanium crystal, with a 600-μm diameter sample area, reportedly enables laboratories to measure large samples with high signal quality in one operation without having to resort to stitching several small images.

PerkinElmer, Wellesley, MA

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UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer

Shimadzu's UV-3600 research-grade UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer is equipped with three detectors designed to help achieve <0.00003 Abs noise at 1500 nm. The double-monochromator spectrophotometer has a measurement range of 185–3300 nm.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, MD

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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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The J.A. Woollam Company's alpha-SE ellipsometer reportedly features 180 wavelengths from 380 nm to 900 nm and automatically aligns, measures, and analyzes thin films. The ellipsometer's software enables users to model advanced features such as index gradients, anisotropy, and Mueller-matrix data.

J.A. Woollam Co., Inc, Lincoln, NE

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Portable infrared analyzers

Wilks Enterprise introduces a pair of mid-infrared analyzers for biofuels analysis. The InfraCal Filtometer is designed to measure the blend ratio of biodiesel in diesel fuel or ethanol in gasoline. The InfraSpec VFA-IR spectrometer is a spectral range analyzer designed to monitor more than one component, measuring the percentage of biodiesel in diesel fuel as well as total glycerides during the biodiesel reaction process.

Wilks Enterprise, Inc., South Norwalk, CT

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Sealing film

The X-Pierce sealing film from Excel Scientific is designed to protect samples in 96-well microplates from evaporation and contamination. The vinyl film has a precut hairline X pattern over each well to create four flaps that bend easily when pushed by a pipet tip or robotic probe, reportedly permitting access to samples without coring from penetrating the film or fouling from contacting adhesive.

Excel Scientific, Wrightwood, CA

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Multimode optical fiber

Fiberguide Industries manufactures the Hard Optical Polymer Clad multimode fiber, which features a high numerical aperture and a high core-to-clad ratio for use in UV-Vis and Vis-IR spectroscopy. According to the company, the hard cladding increases fiber strength and reduces static fatigue in humid environments, and also protects the fiber during buffer stripping to prevent fiber breakage.

Fiberguide Industries, Stirling, NJ

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Dual readhead encoding

The DSi dual SiGNUM interface encoder from Renishaw combines two SiGNUM SR readheads for high accuracy with an angularly repeatable and customer located propoZ reference position, which is unaffected by bearing wander or switch-off. According to the company, the encoder combined with the REXM ring offers better than +/-1 arc second total installed accuracy. The encoder reportedly can operate at speeds as high as 4500 rpm and temperatures as high as 85 °C.

Renishaw, Hoffman Estates, IL

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Identification software

Thermo Fisher Scientific announces BioWorks 3.3, their newly designed protein identification and quantitation software, which features automated quantitative analysis of iTRAQ, SILAC, and ICAT labeled samples, as well as label-free quantitation techniques. According to the company, the software removes unwanted spectra from the search, resulting in faster search times, allowing users to focus only on the proteins of interest.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Waltham, MA

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NMR tubes

Wilmad quick-pressure valve NMR tubes from Sigma Aldrich are designed for NMR scientists performing catalytic gas-liquid phase reactions, analyzing air-sensitive samples, and performing elevated-temperature studies using low boiling point solvents. The tubes can also be used for EPR spectrometry.

Sigma Aldrich Corporation, Milwaukee, WI

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Interactive assistance software

HORIBA Jobin Yvon introduces two interactive software tools for use with the company's CCD-based ACTIVA ICP system. According to the company, the M.A.S.T.E.R. (Multiline Analysis Selection Tools for Enhanced Reliability) software allows users to perform multiline selection with appropriate sensitivity and free of spectral interferences, and the S.O.S. (Statistical Outlier Survey) software is used to confirm possible outliers providing a single reliable concentration result per element.

HORIBA Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ

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RF option for AES

LECO's model GDS850A glow discharge atomic emission spectrometer is now available with an RF-only option. The RF source option is designed for the analysis of nonconductive materials and is available in 2- and 4-mm diameters. According to the company, the spectrometer performs bulk analysis and quantitative depth profiling for coatings and surface treatments, features a spectral range of 120-800 nm, and may be configured with up to 58 channels.

LECO, St. Joseph, MI

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Mass spectrometer

The Agilent 6410 Triple Quad mass spectrometer is designed for femtogram-level sensitivity. It features a parameter-free integrator in the data analysis software that automatically calculates quantity and a single point of software control for both LC and MS instruments.

Agilent Technologies, Palo Alto, CA

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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. C-flow nebulizers are now available pre-cleaned and with autosampler probes.

Savillex Corporation, Minnetonka, MN

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ReactionSleuth software from Remspec is designed for postprocessing of reaction monitoring datasets. The software works with multifiles in the spc format and offers PCA/Target transformation, peak-fitting capability, and 3D displays of real and synthetic datasets.

Remspec Corporation, Sturbridge, MA

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