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  • Nanocarbon Analysis Packages
Aug 2010

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 2, 2010 — For simple, accurate and rapid characterization and microcharactierization of carbon nanomaterials, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has announced the availability of two new DXR nanocarbon analysis packages.

Both offer large-scale chemical and materials producers complete systems for carbon nanotube analysis. Incorporating the proven and proprietary DXR Raman platform, they provide information on the molecular structure and morphology of carbon nanomaterials. Designed to simplify the Raman technique for nonspecialist instrument users, the packages enhance productivity and provide accurate, rapid and reproducible results.

Carbon nanomaterials offer a wide range of useful properties, including electrical conductance, thermal resistance and strength. They have changed the field of materials science in recent years and have applications ranging from nanotechnology and electronics to optics. The high level of interest in the processing, modification and customization of these materials has created a demand for techniques such as Raman spectroscopy to characterize them.

The two new packages contain hardware, software and sampling accessories. The DXR nanocarbon microanalysis package, featuring the DXR Raman microscope, is a complete system configured for microcharacterization. The DXR nanocarbon analysis package, which leverages the company’s SmartRaman, is a full system for bulk materials characterization.

The systems are designed to deliver accurate and reproducible results by incorporating rigorous automated calibration and alignment routines, control of laser power and sophisticated quality checks to every spectrum collected. High reproducibility and control of critical measurement parameters provide confidence in results so that analysts know that unexpected occurrences are due to the sample rather than to user error.

The systems are designed to guide users through data collection as quickly as possible, allowing more time to focus on results and enhance productivity. They also include intelligent software to optimize many measurement parameters, as well as hardware designed so that users can simply load a sample and then return later. Experiments that may take hours to set up on other instruments can often be completed in just minutes.

The packages have an advanced targeting mechanism, offering the spatial resolution and sensitivity needed to handle the weak signals often generated by carbon nanomaterials. They are flexible and can be customized to accommodate a variety of applications and sample forms covering areas such as fundamental research, nanomaterials production, functionalization, applied research on end applications and end application production.

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