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Sample automation and new capabilities for the X-Pulse benchtop NMR spectrometer

25 April 2022 | Product
by Ian Michael

Oxford Instruments has launched the all-new X-Pulse benchtop broadband NMR spectrometer with X-Auto, an automatic sample changer. Newly added X-Pulse functionalities significantly increase ease of use, throughput and remote working capability while further reducing ongoing costs. This has been achieved by removing any need for deuterated solvents using novel external signal frequency lock technology, adding automated software switching between nuclei, improvements in sensitivity and unattended sample exchange. Continuous flow monitoring and advanced sample temperature control are coupled with the only true broadband nuclei selection to address a diverse range of analytical chemistry needs across industries, from batteries to pharmaceuticals. The unique modular architecture makes this new X-Pulse fully configurable and a highly cost-effective investment for core science, advanced analytical research, quality control optimisation and teaching.

The combination of the new X-Auto sample changer, which allows up to 25 samples to be preloaded, and new functionality in the SpinFlow 3.1 software, ensures that users can add individual experiments or long queues to each sample with a few simple clicks. By reordering experimental queues, short duration experiments can be prioritised on all samples to quickly determine the value of continuing with longer queued experiments, maximising efficiency. Through a remote connection to the instrument, all pre-loaded samples can be changed, and new experiments added or tailored to the user’s analysis requirements. This minimises time with the instrument and maximises remote working productivity. Automated software switching between chemical nuclei is particularly advantageous for applications requiring the selection of a wide range of NMR active nuclei, including those in the battery, polymer and fine chemical markets.