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This month's issue of R&D Magazine focuses on imaging. In pioneering practical breakthroughs in microscopy, developers find strength in the combination of several technologies in a single instrument. Our editors also take a look at nanotechnology trends, touchscreen instrument controls, and enhancements in hyperspectral imaging. This issue also features products introduced at Pittcon 2013.
Advances in microscopy and fundamental science are closely intertwined. Without prior understanding of the basis for research, the tools of microscopy are useless. Without microscopy, an understanding of how materials, chemistry, or life behave(s) at the molecular and atomic level cannot be discovered.
Nanotechnology typically describes any material, device, or technology where feature sizes are smaller than 100 nanometers in dimension. However, this new and uncharted direction in research provides a large spark for new product and drug delivery development. To achieve these discoveries, scientists must rely on specialized instruments and materials to drive their experiments and analysis.
When not properly controlled or monitored, a scientific instrument is of little practical use. Developers of scientific instrumentation are aware of this, and invest considerable time and money ensuring that users can properly achieve the results promised by the instrument’s design parameters.
Bruker Corporation has coupled highly efficient interferometer technology and proprietary chemometric methods for automatic identification and imaging of chemical species present. The HI 90 hyperspectral imager rapidly detects molecules over a large field of regard (FOR) in seconds and provides both spatial and spectral analysis of the FOR.
A new architecture for Olympus' IX line gives users flexibility and optics module makers a new development platform. Invented in 1850, the inverted microscope has been a laboratory stalwart, giving researchers a direct and simple platform for optically viewing samples. The concept is simple: By fixing the sample stage and allowing the optics equipment to adjust, the user has more control over the object under analysis.
This month's issue of R&D Magazine focuses on the optimal laboratory fit-out and proper laboratory equipment. New technologies and changing attitudes about effective, efficient research impact the way laboratories are equipped. Our editors also take a look into the fume hood industry, laboratory automation systems, and the state of systems biology. This issue also features products that will be featured at Pittcon 2013.
New technologies and changing attitudes about effective, efficient research impact the way laboratories are equipped.
As the laboratory construction industry struggles to recover, fume hood manufacturers jockey for better positions and products.
Sample preparation workflows for mass spectrometric analysis that involve proteolysis are often labor intensive, time consuming, and user dependent. Typical proteomic workflows require enzymatic digestion, solid phase extraction, drying, and resuspension before the reversed phase liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) analysis.
Until now, life science researchers had a narrow set of expectations for automation systems. The main focus of laboratory automation providers has been to develop liquid handling systems for high-throughput workflows processing very large samples numbers, primarily in screening laboratories.
Systems biology holds tremendous promise for the future of science and medicine, but some have criticized the field's lack of practical solutions. Experts counsel patience, saying progress has been strong and is accelerating.
Wilks Enterprise will introduce a new generation of portable infrared analyzers—the InfraCal2—at Pittcon 2013. The analyzers combine improved electronics—which improve signal-to-noise ratio—with a touchscreen display that allows for new options and features including multiple calibrations, internal data logging, alarm functions, password protection, and data transfer capabilities.
Tecan's Cavro air displacement pipettor (ADP) is a pipetting module offering high pipetting performance. Using pneumatic technology, the module provides users with an automated pipetting solution that is smaller than before, using air displacement to aspirate and dispense fluids.
Polymer Char has announced the development of an automated 4D gel permeation chromatography (GPC/SEC) system with improved infrared (IR) detectors to measure the composition and molar mass of polyolefins.
Micromeritics' 3Flex surface characterization analyzer is an automated, three-station instrument capable of high-throughput surface area mesopore and micropore analyses. Servo control for dosing and evacuation provides a high degree of gas management and speeds the collection of data points through reduction of dosing overshoot.
Mettler Toledo's Excellence moisture analyzers feature a One Click Moisture graphical user interface that enables smooth and fast operation, displaying real-time drying curves and control charts. The analyzers' rugged design and easy-cleaning concept ensure a long service life and disruption-free operation.
Metrohm's combustion ion chromatograph automates the determination of halogens and sulfur in fuels, lubricants, additives, polymers, catalysts, and more. The flame sensor technology measures the intensity of light from the pyrolysis oven during combustion, controls the free rate of the sample boat, and prevents soot formation.
Labconco Corp.'s Protector XStream laboratory fume hood is a high-performance fume hood that performs well at low air volumes. The hood doesn't rely on restricted sash opening, airflow sensors, electronic controllers, mechanical components, or additional fans; instead it uses features that work together to reduce the concentrations of contaminants in areas behind the sash opening and near the user's breathing zone.
Fluid Imaging Technologies' At-Line FlowCAM ES imaging particle analysis system automatically extracts, dilutes, and runs samples from within production or processing lines.
Cilas Particle Size's Nano DS dual light scattering particle size analyzer combines dynamic and static light scattering measurement in a single optical system to analyze nanoparticles. The analyzer allows users to select different measurement angles, and provides high accuracy and repeatability across the entire 0.3 nm to 10 µm size range.
Cal Sensors will introduce a new MEMS emitter as part of its infrared (IR) sources product line at Pittcon 2013. Applying MEMS technology, these emitters are designed with thin-membrane, thermo-resistive material. The nanostructure carbon membranes operate over the 1 to 20 micron infrared spectrum.
The Nomadic from BaySpec Inc. is a dispersive confocal Raman microscope equipped with three-laser excitation from visible to NIR. The research-grade Raman microscope offers high sensitivity and speed by using BaySpec VPG technology; ultrafast electronics; and high-sensitivity, deep-cooled CCD and InGaAs detectors for a full spectral range of 400 to 1,700 nm.
Alluxa has announced the production of ultraflat dichroic and polychroic filters with high levels of inband transmission. The filters achieve flatness by eliminating the high stresses of an as-deposited traditional ion-based coating process.
AirClean Systems' Patriot ductless fume hood technology features the AirSafe NXT automatic safety controller for added operator safety. The color touchscreen controller automatically increases or decreases blower speed to maintain the user's pre-set face velocity, ensuring airflow is within standard operating parameters.