This new 5th generation benchtop X-Ray diffraction analyser is a general purpose X-ray diffractometer that can perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of polycrystalline materials. It is now available in two variations for faster analysis and improved throughput, one operating at 600 W (X-ray tube) and the other, which does not require an external heat exchanger, running at 300 W.
PANalytical has launched CubiX3, the 3rd generation of its CubiX X-ray powder diffractometers range. The CubiX3 introduces new features such as high-intensity data collection as well as extra flexibility in sample handling for automated environments. XRD has already reached significant importance as a process and production control method for powdered materials in many industries. The Walk-Up software available for CubiX3 enables a user with no knowledge of XRD to enter urgent samples at any time, even if the diffractometer is already processing a routine batch; and automatically receive a report of results with no user input to the analysis.
PANalytical has launched the Empyrean high-performance diffractometer which includes a 3D detection system, PIXcel3D. It can measure all sample types—from powders to thin films, from nanomaterials to 3D objects—on a single instrument. The new 3D capabilities enables the internal structure of solid objects to be studied without having to be cut. The PIXcel3D detector can be used as a CT scanner allowing non-destructive analysis of pharmaceutical formulations (tablets, capsules), electronic components (batteries, ICs, capacitors) and geo- and archaeological samples, to name a few.
The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute, is developing equipment and techniques to support the growing use of organic electronics. The market for organic, or plastic, electronics is expected to be worth £15 billion by 2015 (IDTechEx), and NPL is seeking to ensure the infrastructure is in place to allow businesses to achieve commercial success in this emerging area.
Imperial College London’s Centre for Structural Biology has received £1 million from the Wellcome Trust for new equipment which will allow researchers to look at the atomic detail of important biological molecules. A new X-ray diffraction system will be installed and the sensitivity and performance of existing NMR spectroscopy equipment will be upgraded. www.imperial.ac.uk/structuralbiology
Pittcon 2007 has launched a new, re-designed website. www.pittcon.org
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PANalytical has undertaken a research programme examining XRD thin film stress analysis techniques in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Stuttgart, Germany. This has yielded information that will lead to commercial developments and led to the publication of a review article, which be downloaded from www.panalytical.com/thinfilmstress