Synthesis in parallel
Radleys of Saffron Walden, UK, have introduced the Carousel 12 Plus Reaction Station, which simultaneously heats up or cools, stirs and refluxes up to 12 samples (1-20ml) under an inert atmosphere.
Compared with the original Carousel 12 Classic, the new Carousel Plus heats up faster and uses over one third less energy to reach the same temperature. It is also easier to clean, more resistant to chemical corrosion and provides enhanced reaction tube visibility.
Strata Technology of Sunbury, UK, in collaboration with The University of Nottingham, has successfully engineered and commissioned the first commercial HyPy Research Rig.
Hydropyrolysis (HyPy) is a reliable analytical technique to strip complex samples down to their pure carbon skeleton for analysis, enabling important information to be gathered without the presence of contaminants.
The technique is relatively rapid, typically less than
2 hours per test. Products are conveniently trapped on silica for further fractionation and assessment, resulting in minimal contamination and loss of light ends.
After ten years of research,
the University of Nottingham sought to develop their laboratory rig, and approached Strata, recognising its
expertise in safety engineering and experience with research rigs.
The commercialisation of this process, involving high temperatures and hydrogen at 150bar, has resulted in the HyPy Rig being selected as a finalist in The Engineer 's Technology & Innovation Awards 2008.
Symyx of Geneva, Switzerland, has launched the Powdernium workstation - an automated powder dispensing system.
Combining accurate balance weighing, advanced software algorithm, and GMP-compliant dispensing heads, the Powdernium workstation enables laboratories to precisely dispense and record the transferred weight of a very wide range of materials, from low density to free-flowing, cohesive, micronized materials.
The technology also prevents segregation of the powder and avoids mechanical stress on the particles.
Sub-milligram to gram quantities of materials can be transferred into a wide range of containers including capsules, bottles, vials, tubes, microplates, reactor blocks and crucibles; up to 200 powders can be stored on the machine online.
State of the art automation, including robust XY and two Z-axis controls, allow the Powdernium workstation to perform unattended operations day and night.
Catalogue for China
Thermo Fisher Scientific of Waltham, Massachusetts, US, has introduced its first Chinese-language catalogue targeted specifically to markets in China. The new Fisher Scientific China Laboratory Supplies Guide includes an extensive portfolio of products from workstations, equipment and instruments to general laboratory consumables and supplies, suited to the needs of academic, government, pharmaceutical, biotech, industrial, food quality and petrochemical segments in China.
See website below.
Viscotek of Crowthorne, UK, has launched a low-angle light scattering (LALS) detector for the determination of absolute molecular weights without extrapolation or correction. Operating at an angle of only seven degrees, the LALS detector is particularly useful when studying large synthetic polymers or biomolecules where traditional light scattering instruments give sizeable data fitting errors in molecular weight determination.
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Mettler Toledo Laboratory & Weighing Technologies of Greifensee, Switzerland, has introduced the XP Microbalance, XP6U Ultra Microbalance and the XP2U Ultra Microbalance offering extremely high accuracy with a readability of 0.1 m g. the XP6 and XP6U have a capacity of up to 6g and achieve optimum measurement performance in seconds. Comprehensive QM functions help to fulfill regulatory requirements, and even sample sizes below 1mg meet strict process tolerances and comply with internationally utilised USP41 regulatory standards.
Rheology in the hot
Thermo Fisher of Waltham, Massachusetts, US, has launched the Haake Rheoscope HT (high temperature) module for its Haake Mars rheometer platform to extend it into a robust extensional rheometer for melts and semi-solids.
It simultaneously records rheological properties and changes in the microscopic structure of a tested sample up to temperatures of 300 ° C. By bringing together rheological measurements with optical analysis, microstructures can be analysed visually to obtain more information about a sample's mechanical properties based on melting or crystallisation behaviour of polymers.
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