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Posted: July 28, 2010

Fisher Scientific Launches Two Complete Packages for the Simple, Accurate and Rapid Characterization of Carbon Nanomaterials

(Nanowerk News) Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has announced the availability of two new DXR Nanocarbon Analysis Packages for the characterization and microcharacterization of carbon nanomaterials. Both packages offer large-scale chemical and materials producers complete systems for carbon nanotube analysis. Incorporating the proven Thermo Scientific DXR Raman platform, the packages provide a wealth of information on the molecular structure and morphology of carbon nanomaterials. Designed to simplify the Raman technique for non-specialist 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 exceptional strength. They have significantly changed the field of material 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 strong demand for techniques such as Raman spectroscopy to characterize them. Thermo Fisher has developed two packages containing 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 leverage the Thermo Scientific SmartRaman, is a full system for bulk materials characterization.
The new packages are designed to produce 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 provides confidence in results so that analysts know that unexpected occurrences are due to the sample rather than user error. In addition, the packages are designed to guide users through data collection as quickly as possible, allowing more time to focus on results and enhance productivity. The system also includes 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. The analysis packages are also highly flexible and can be customized to accommodate a wide variety of applications and sample forms covering important areas of carbon nanomaterials such as fundamental research, nanomaterial production, functionalization, applied research on end-applications and end-application production.
Mike Jost, vice president and general manager of molecular spectroscopy and microanalysis, Thermo Fisher Scientific, comments: "Having transformed the Raman spectroscopy market with the introduction of the Thermo Scientific DXR Raman platform in 2008, we are delighted to now offer two complete packages to further simplify the Raman technique for non-specialist users. Raman spectroscopy has become an indispensable tool for the characterization of carbon nanomaterials and the DXR Nanocarbon Analysis and Microanalysis Packages aim to provide all of the information needed to perform this technique."
Source: Thermo Fisher Scientific (press release)
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