Bruker AXS SMART™ X2S Automated Chemical Crystallography System Wins R&D 100 Award
News Jul 24, 2008
Bruker AXS has announced that its SMART X2S automated chemical X-ray crystallography system has been awarded a R&D 100 award, recognizing it as one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced in the past year.
The R&D 100 Award winners are selected by an independent panel of judges and the editors of R&D Magazine. “The winning of an R&D 100 Award provides a mark of excellence known to industry, government, and academia as proof that the product is one of the most innovative ideas of the year,” explained Martha Walz, R&D Magazine Editor-in-Chief.
Traditional X-ray systems for 3D molecular structure determination are floor-standing, require significant infrastructure and typically are installed in specialist crystallography centers. While molecular structure information is of tremendous benefit for chemists, the need for trained crystallographers has made access to structural information unavailable for many chemists.
Often they need to send samples away to an off-site crystallography service laboratory and wait days for the results, or they simply forego structural confirmation at certain stages of research.
According to Bruker, the SMART X2S for the first time allows inorganic and organic chemists to produce atomic resolution, 3D molecular structures in their own laboratories at the touch of a button.
The SMART X2S takes small molecule structure determination to the next level of convenience by automating the previously difficult aspects of X-ray structure determination, from sample loading and alignment through data collection all the way to the mathematical structure solution, structure verification and report generation.
With its small footprint, a weight of less than 150 kg and a requirement of only 0.5 kW of standard single-phase AC power, the benchtop SMART X2S can be installed easily in any academic or industrial chemistry laboratory.
Since its introduction at Pittcon 2008, Bruker AXS has equipped its demonstration laboratories in Madison, Wisconsin (USA) and Yokohama (Japan) with SMART X2S systems, and has performed numerous successful customer demonstrations.
Bruker AXS will also demonstrate a fully functional SMART X2S at IUCr 2008 (XXI Congress of International Union of Crystallography) in Osaka in late August 2008.