Thermo Fisher Scientific
Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced that its Thermo
Scientific Nicolet iN10 MX FT-IR microscope has been selected as an R+D 100
award winner by an independent judging panel and editors of R+D Magazine.
Recognized as one of the year's 100 most technologically significant products
introduced into the marketplace, the Nicolet iN10 MX stood out among the other
entries because of its outstanding capability to efficiently address the main
challenges associated with infrared microscopy, namely system integration, complexity,
accuracy and speed. The novel microscope offers high speed imaging and increased
accuracy while the built-in sampling and analytical procedures ensure ease-of-use.
Infrared microscopes currently require attachment to an external infrared spectrometer,
with the spectrometer's excitation energy redirected through the microscope.
The Nicolet iN10 MX uniquely incorporates all of the spectrometer's infrared
optics in a single, integrated system, providing much higher optical efficiency
for improved sampling, enabling use of a room temperature infrared detector
and reducing bench space.
In addition, the Nicolet iN10 MX eliminates the need for specialist training
in microscopy or spectroscopy as, for the first time, several assisted sampling
and analytical procedures are built into the microscope's optical operation
and software. The pioneering FT-IR microscope enables the analysis of samples
as small as three to four microns, allowing for single point analyses as well
as mapping or chemical imaging analyses. Conventional infrared microscopes can
only analyze samples that are a minimum of ten microns.
The Nicolet iN10 MX surpasses its competitors by facilitating the acquisition
of chemical maps at a considerably faster rate. With the standard detector configuration,
it is possible to map a 1.2 x 1.2 mm area in less than 4.5 minutes, while with
an additional imaging detector, the system can scan the same area in only 20
seconds. This is more than ten times the speed of conventional image mapping
"We are delighted to have been awarded the R&D 100 Award. It is not
only a recognition by important people close to the industry, but also a statement
relative to the iN10 MX state-of-the-art technology and its ability to meet
technical challenges of modern day process monitoring applications," said
Mike Jost, vice president molecular spectroscopy at Thermo Fisher Scientific.
"We are proud to receive recognition for our commitment to developing technological
innovations to serve the needs of regulated or quality-driven analytical services,
materials science and research academic laboratories."
R&D Magazine will honor the Nicolet iN10 MX project team during a Gala
Awards Banquet at the Renaissance Orlando Hotel, SeaWorld, Florida, on November
12, 2009. For more information about the winning innovations and award criteria,
please visit www.rdmag.com
For more information about the Thermo Scientific Nicolet iN10 MX FT-IR microscope,
please call +1 800-532-4752, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.thermo.com/ftir.
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