MADISON, Wis., May 7, 2012 — Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has introduced the Nicolet iS50, a Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) research-grade spectrometer with one-touch operation. It features purpose-built accessories and integrated analytical software capabilities to provide an all-in-one materials analysis platform that helps laboratories solve analytical challenges with ease. It can be upgraded from a simple FTIR bench to a fully automated multispectral range system that acquires spectra from the far- to the near-infrared. Users can initiate attenuated total reflectance (ATR), Raman and NIR modules, enabling access to these techniques without manually changing system components. The ease of access to multiple techniques, via the automatic beamsplitter exchanger, combined with software designed to take the guesswork out of interpretation, improves efficiency in analytical laboratories focused on understanding the composition of complex materials. The system architecture improves the speed of analysis while eliminating the operational errors that can occur while changing instrument components. The integrated diamond ATR interface allows users to obtain IR spectra in seconds, and an in-sample-compartment Fourier transform Raman feature includes a video microstage for point-and-shoot Raman spectroscopy with no fluorescence. The iS50 features a fiber optic and integrating sphere module that enables collection of NIR spectra from a variety of bulk samples. It is suitable for use by scientists working in pharmaceutical formulation, polymer development, forensics and art conservation. It analyzes complex mixtures and materials using its gas chromatography (GC) or thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) IR capabilities. The Omnic Mercury software automatically isolates and identifies compounds eluted from a GC column or evolved from a TGA. Applications include vibrational circular dichroism, polarization-modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy and time-resolved spectroscopy.