Bruker AXS has been awarded an R&D 100 award for its XFlash QUAD detector, four-channel 40mm2 silicon drift detector. www.bruker-axs.com
CSMA has been involved in a European project aimed at developing a food analysis tool capable of detecting toxins. Using techniques including XPS and ToF-SIMS to examine the extreme surface of materials, CSMA has been looking at different ways to activate surfaces in order to immobilise proteins. Tony Kinsella of CSMA says, “As well as producing a new technique for food safety test laboratories, the project also has the potential to see a consumer friendly ‘dipstick’ test product developed which could, for example, be useful for people that suffer from food allergies.” www.csma.ltd.uk
Pittcon 2007 has launched a new, re-designed website. www.pittcon.org
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Evans Analytical Group has acquired the operating assets and Detector software of Thin Film Analysis. www.eaglabs.com
Shimadzu have launched a restructured and reorganised website, including an applications database. www.shimadzu.de
Smiths Detection’s Ionscan 500DT portable desktop trace detection system has met the certification standards set by the Transportation Security Administration having met its performance criteria for Explosives Trace Detection Systems. www.smithsdetection.com
Ametek has formed a Materials Analysis Division. This brings together the recently acquired Spectro business and Edax.
Thermo Electron has been named “2005 Company of the Year” by Instrument Business Outlook. The award credits Thermo with successfully meeting the evolving demands of the life science industry. www.thermo.com
Bruker Daltonics has received a Product Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan in recognition of Bruker’s contributions to a broad array of mass spectrometry technologies and for its commitment to the growing field of proteomics. www.bruker-biosciences.com
Thermo Electron’s Informatics business has received the 2005 Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Leadership. The award recognises Thermo’s market share leadership achieved through the implementation of market strategy, expanding operations and product innovation. www.thermo.com
Thermo Electron is sponsoring a postdoctoral scientist, Dr Shona McSheehy, at the Centre of Excellence for speciation analysis techniques at the University of Pau, France. Dr McSheehy will develop speciation methodologies and working practices for Thermo customers as well as providing product development support. www.thermo.com/elemental
Bruker AXS has made two announcements that mark its entry into the X-ray microanalysis market. It is buying two microanalysis businesses. Roentec AG, an X-ray microanalysis instrumentation company with annual revenues of $6–7million, based in Berlin, Germany, is being bought. In addition, Bruker AXS is acquiring the PGT X-ray microanalysis business from Princeton Gamma-Tech Instruments. This business has revenues of $5–6million. Once both transactions have completed, the two businesses will be combined into the new “Bruker AXS Microanalysis Group”. www.bruker-axs.com
Bruker AXS has acquired the French X-ray software company Socabim SAS for $8.7 million. www.bruker-biosciences.com
CSMA has acquired the business and assets of MATS. The combined organisation will be the biggest single entity for commercial surface and materials characterisation in the UK. www.csma.ltd.uk
Oxford Instruments Analytical has developed an online RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) by XRF information resource on the web at www.rohsbyxrf.com
Bruker AXS has promoted Frank Burgaezy, Roger Durst and Bernard Kolodziej to Executive Vice Presidents.
Shimadzu Managing Director, Hans-Dieter Bätz, has retired. He has been with Shimadzu since 1988. He will be replaced by Yasunori Tokumasu.
The D-CIXS X-ray spectrometer on board the European Space Agency’s (ESA) SMART-1 spacecraft has made the first unambiguous remote-sensing detection of calcium on the Moon. SMART-1 is currently performing the verification and calibration of its instruments, while flying in orbit 450km above the Moon at its closest distance.
Although it is still preparing for full lunar operations, D-CIXS has already started sending back high-quality data. D-CIXS is designed to measure the global composition of the Moon by measuring its X-ray fluorescence. Under normal solar illumination, it can detect elemental Mg, Al and Si and several other elements during solar flares.
On 15 January 2005, between 07:00 and about 09:00 Central European Time, a solar flare occurred. “The Sun was kind to us”, said Professor Manuel Grande of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK, leader of the D-CIXS instrument team. “It set off a large X-ray flare just as we took our first look downwards at the lunar surface.”
At the time of the solar flare, D-CIXS was observing Mare Crisium, and detected the presence of calcium there in other neighbouring areas (see Figure).
D-CIXS is an ultra-compact X-ray camera and forms one of the most innovative elements of the SMART-1 scientific instrumentation. It is a cube just 15cm wide, weighing less than 5kg. D-CIXS is the first instrument of its kind to be tested in space. It is also the first X-ray spectrometer ever flown around the moon with sufficient spectral resolution to separate signals coming from different chemical elements. www.esa.int/SPECIALS/SMART-1/
Spectro Analytical Instruments has been acquired by Ametek. Spectro will join Ametek as part of its Electronic Instruments Group. www.spectro.com, www.ametek.com
Spectro has chosen Berliner Glas as a strategic partner to manufacture precision diffraction gratings. www.spectro.com, www.berliner-glas.de