Enhanced Research FT-IR Spectrometer for Ultra-Fast, High Sensitivity Analyses


May 22 2007

Molecular Spectroscopy

Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in analytical instrumentation announces a series of comprehensive enhancements to its Nicolet(TM) 8700 research Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrometer. These new features provide scientific researchers involved in R&D, method development and analytical services with an ultra-fast, high sensitivity infrared spectroscopic tool.

Continuing with our significant developments in research FT-IR spectrometers, the newly enhanced Nicolet 8700 is capable of capturing details of ultra-fast chemical and biochemical reaction process, probing the stereochemistry of biological molecules and determining the structure of thin molecular films. These solutions result in the system being of particular benefit to the rapidly growing fields of biochemistry and nanotechnology.

The Nicolet 8700 features a new electronics and communication interface, providing faster data acquisition, larger phase modulation amplitude and greater overall step-scan performance, further enhancing the capabilities of the system for the study of chemical kinetics and dynamic modulation processes.

The Nicolet 8700 is supported by the introduction of a new compact module for Vibrational Circular Dichroism (VCD) Spectroscopy and Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy (IRRAS) based on our patented technology. VCD is a rapidly growing technique for the study of chiral molecules. This new module provides significantly greater optical throughput than previous designs, thereby allowing much shorter data acquisition times.

IRRAS allows the study of molecular films from both small and large samples with continuously variable reflection angles on the module. The available larger format of this module, TOM (tabletop optical module), is particularly useful for the study of Langmuir-Blodgett films on water and thin coatings on semiconductor wafers.

Further enhancing the range of FT-IR products, data from the Nicolet 8700 can be fed directly into the new high speed, imaging quality OMNIC SpectraCorr(TM) two-dimensional IR analysis software. New features of SpectraCorr include the calculation of global phases, extraction of spectral profiles from a 2D contour map and display and printing functions to present 2D data as suggested by the classic reference papers. In addition, OMNIC now features a photoacoustic (PAS) linearization algorithm which enhances surface analysis capabilities of PAS and removes artifacts from the photoacoustic spectra for better quantitation.

For more information about Thermo Scientific's Nicolet 8700 FT-IR spectrometer:
please call +1 800-532-4752
e-mail analyze@thermo.com
or
visit www.thermo.com/ftir.

About Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With an annual revenue rate of more than $9 billion, we employ 30,000 people and serve over 350,000 customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as environmental and industrial process control settings. Serving customers through two premier brands, Thermo Scientific and Fisher Scientific, we help solve analytical challenges from routine testing to complex research and discovery. Thermo Scientific offers customers a complete range of high-end analytical instruments as well as laboratory equipment, software, services, consumables and reagents to enable integrated laboratory workflow solutions. Fisher Scientific provides a complete portfolio of laboratory equipment, chemicals, supplies and services used in healthcare, scientific research, safety and education. Together, we offer the most convenient purchasing options to customers and continuously advance our technologies to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, enhance value for customers and fuel growth for shareholders and employees alike.

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