Thermo Fisher Scientific has introduced four new analytical packages designed to improve industry-specific routine X-ray analysis. The packages are based on their ARL Optim'x WDXRF spectrometer, offering a range of sequential and simultaneous spectrometers with pre-configured analytical packages which are specifically tailored to meet the analytical testing requirements of metallurgy, petrochemical, cement and central laboratories. The first of the four packages is ARL Optim'x Sulphur Analyser for ultra-low analysis in heavy and light fuels and oils, which is a compact, reliable WDXRF platform configured with dedicated multichromators. The ARL Optim'x Cement Analyser delivers reliable analysis of major and minor oxides present in the raw materials and products found in the cement industry. For routine analysis of samples in the metal industry, the ARL Optim'x Slag Analyser provides analysis of major and minor oxides in slags. Finally, the ARL Optim'x Optiquantometer allows the analysis of 73 elements, from fluorine to uranium, in a range of conductive or non-conductive materials. Specifically targetted at central laboratories, this package enables the replacement of wet chemical analysis or as a complement to AA and ICP analysers.
Isotopically-labelled non-radioactive peptides function as critical internal standards for protein quantitation experiments in MS and NMR experiments. Thermo Fisher Scientific now offers multiple grates of heavy peptides, enabling researchers to match the precision and cost of the internal standard according the assay development stage. The new HeavyPeptide Aqua Ultimate kit is designed for absolute quantification and the Aqua Quant Pro kit is a more affordable alternative when ultimate precision is not necessary.
Agilent Technologies has announced their new Complex Proteomics Standard, created to help researchers with protein biomarker discovery by validating mass spectrometry-based workflows for protein identification. It is applicable to a wide range of LC/MS- based applications and can be used with the Agilent 1200 series LC and 6000 series MS systems as well as MS instruments from other suppliers. The standard contains more than 1500 proteins covering a wide range of protein sizes/molecular weights, pI and hydrophobicity. Genetic distance between Pyrococcus furiosus and human—or other organisms typically subjected to proteomic studies—helps avoid erroneous protein identification.
The updated Thermo Scientific Proteome Discoverer 1.1 software complements their new mass spectrometers, providing a comprehensive platform for the analysis of qualitative and quantitative proteomics data. The software includes enhanced capabilities for relative quantitation via isobaric labelling such as tandem mass tags, batch searching, automated processing via a daemon, improved handling of large datasets, support for MUDPIT experiments and the ability to merge data from multiple experiments.
Renishaw has enhanced the capabilities of its inVia microscope which now offers remote system diagnosis and control of key system functions such as laser wavelength change, rapid switching between viewing modes, automated system optimisation and validation, the ability to queue multiple measurements and measurement templates that enable non-expert users to apply identical experimental conditions continuously. The microscopes now offer complete automation, remote control, large area imaging and faster operation.
The new DSC-Raman system from PerkinElmer combines thermal analysis with Raman spectroscopy to provide greater insight into material changes at a molecular level. It combines the double furnace DSC 8500 with the RamanStation 400 spectrometer, enabling simultaneous analysis of chemical and structural information from the spectrometer and correlating it with the calorimetric data of the DSC. Tests using the hyphenated techniques have given greater insight into polymer crystallisation, drug–carrier interactions, curing and polymorphic changes.
Ahura Scientific has announced an upgrade to the language capabilities of its TruScan hand-held Raman spectrometer, designed for the pharmaceutical and consumer health industries. With the introduction of TruScan 1.3.0, the graphical user interface is accessible in German as are the user manuals and instrument administration tools.
ST Japan have added 2100 new Raman spectra to their existing collection and now offer more than 10,000 spectra, including polymers and additives, solvents, pharmaceuticals, packaging materials, forensics and minerals. All spectra have been taken from samples of high purity, contain extensive sample information and have been reviewed by trained spectroscopists. The databases are available in the common spectra format and can be used directly with the search software of the users instrument, enabling them to continue working in their usual software environment and improve search results.
The Uvette fully UV-transparent disposable cuvette from Eppendorf now has a new and improved shape. The larger optical window enhances compatibility with instruments from other suppliers, reduces stray light effect, while the open side wall design gives greater sample visibility. A single 90° rotation provides two optical path lengths and the easy-to-read path length indication enables users to quickly identify the correct orientation (2 mm and 10 mm) for their application. The cuvettes are manufactured from crystal clear plastic which is UV and vis transparent between 220 nm and 1600 nm. Pipetting can be monitored clearly, volume markings show 500 mL and 100 mL and the design prevents the capillary effect so that liquids remain in the centre of the measuring area, even minimum volumes of 50 mL. The frosted grip is convenient for labelling and the inward facing optical windows provide protection against scratches.
Biochrom has launched the Anthos instant microplate solution (AIMS), a new package which contains all microplate instrumentation needed to run ELISA and other microplate-based applications. It is suitable for laboratories that handle a large number of absorbance-based assays which also need flexibility for future techniques. The package includes the Zenyth 200 microplate reader with cuvette UV-vis spectrophotometer, which is a monochromator-based instrument that reads 6–384 well plates at any wavelength between 190 nm and 100 nm, with temperature control. The built-in spectrophotometer saves bench space and there are pre-programmed cuvette methods for nucleic acid and protein measurements. The Fluido 2 four-channel microplate washer, which handles up to four different wash buffers, up to 50 different programs and 20 different plate types—including strip plates and round bottom wells. In addition, the package contains ADAP Prisma PC analysis software and a laser printer free of charge.
McPherson is releasing the Vacuum Ultraviolet Analytical Spectrophotometer (VUVAS) for wavelength dispersive spectral measurements from 120 nm to 350 nm. The VUVAS provides results as percent transmission or reflection. It works with solid samples and can be equipped with gas or liquid sample cells. Cryogenic or heated sample mounts and raster-mapping attachments are optionally available. In reflectance mode, it is easy to adjust the angle of incidence to the sample surface and can maintain theta/2-theta geometry for specular reflectance, or deviate from this to measure scatter or dispersive events. Applications include analysis, characterisation and testing of ultraviolet materials, optics, non-linear, doped and other crystals and well as for fundamental research in the sensitive, selective UV wavelength region.
Princeton Instruments has introduced an intensified CCD camera, the PI-Max 3. It is a fully integrated camera that provides a combination of frame rate, gating and low-noise capabilities for improved performance in applications such as fluorescence lifetime imaging measurements, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, pulsed Raman spectroscopy, nanotechnology studies and plasma diagnostics. Features include a built-in timing generator, the SuperSynchro, which makes setting up complex time-resolved imaging experiments easy, SyncMaster technology helps reduce lab clutter by eliminating the need for an external timing generator, it can be configured with either a 1024 × 1024-pixel interline transfer CCD or a 1024 × 246-pixel full-frame CCD and it also features photocathode cooling for ultra-low light or single-photon imaging as well as special readout modes for single-shot measurements and particle imaging velocimetry applications.
The development of the Raman imaging spectrograph came from the need for combining high light throughput, distortion-free performance and polarisation-free optical design. These requirements, together with the small footprint of the device, good image quality and high spectral resolution were achieved with the fully transmissive design used in the Specim ImSpector series of imaging spectrographs, which are available for several standard wavelength ranges from 500 nm up to 1000 nm for use with different types of excitation lasers.
Malvern Instruments has launched a 64-bit edition of the ISYs chemical imaging data analysis software which has applications across many technologies. It provides a single platform that supports the import of MIR, NIR and Raman imaging and mapping data files from a variety of vendors. It includes all the tools needed to understand chemical imaging data in spectral and spatial dimensions simultaneously.
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