Thermo Fisher Scientific Enables Mixture Analysis with Nicolet iN10 MX FT-IR Imaging Microscope
Product News Aug 22, 2008
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has announced that its newly introduced Thermo Scientific Nicolet™ iN10™ MX infrared imaging microscope enables analysts to determine the identity and distribution of chemical species within complex structures and random mixtures on a microscopic scale.
Designed for ultra-fast data acquisition, the new Nicolet iN10 MX infrared imaging microscope provides the ability to perform analysis of materials ranging from forensic evidence to high-tech polymer composites.
Incorporating Thermo Scientific OMNIC™ Picta™ software, the Nicolet iN10 MX provides a completely new user experience; guiding the operator through the entire analytical process, from sample loading to final reporting, in a few mouse clicks.
The system’s integrated design features a combination of machine vision and spectral identification technology to greatly facilitate data acquisition and sample analysis.
The outstanding optical efficiency of the system allows chemical images to be generated from highly scattering samples, such as paper and solid dosage forms, making the Nicolet iN10 MX a tool for counterfeit detection.
The system can be equipped with up to three detectors for optimal data collection. A room temperature detector allows point-and-shoot analysis to be performed without liquid nitrogen.
In combination with a slide-on ATR sampling device, this detector makes the Nicolet iN10 MX as easy to use as a basic infrared spectrometer. For increased sensitivity and the ability to collect data from the smallest of samples, a single-element MCT is available.
An optional multi-element detector allows the microscope to collect large images with faster data collection speed, measuring five by five millimeter areas in five minutes. Additionally, the micro-ATR capability of the system enables images to be obtained at a spatial resolution of better than three microns.
Acceptance of infrared microscopy in regulated environments has been limited by its inability to be validated. The Nicolet iN10 MX can be validated in reflection, transmission and ATR sampling modes, thereby simplifying the instrument qualification process. This opens great opportunities for the application of infrared microscopy in highly regulated environments.