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Agilent Technologies Ships 300th X-Ray Crystallography System

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Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced that it has shipped the 300th X-ray crystallography SuperNova system. The system was manufactured by Oxford Diffraction Ltd., part of Varian, Inc., which was acquired by Agilent in May, 2010.

The 300th (and 301st) SuperNova systems were delivered to the Chemical Crystallography Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford. They will be used in a wide range of research projects, and to teach modern X¬ray diffraction techniques to undergraduate and post-graduate students.

“Our X-ray diffractometers run seven days a week, 24 hours a day, including Christmas and New Year’s,” said Dr. David J. Watkin, director of the Chemical Crystallography Laboratory at Oxford. “We interact with a large number of research groups, and a high throughput of top quality work is very important to us. These new systems will enable us to do more experiments in the same amount of time, and to undertake more challenging work than can be achieved with our current instruments.”

“Naturally, we’re very pleased that these milestone instruments were selected by one of the world’s leading high-resolution X-ray crystallography laboratories,” said Dr. Leigh Rees, Agilent general manager, X-ray Diffraction. “This also is an example of our long, close working relationship with this group to promote advances in technology, technique and software.”

The Chemical Crystallography Laboratory has a long history of involvement in technique and software development, particularly CRYSTALS, software used worldwide for single crystal X-ray structure refinement and analysis.

The two SuperNova systems delivered to the Chemical Crystallography Laboratory represent the latest generation of the world’s first dual-wavelength system, which was developed by Oxford Diffraction.