In this issue: First-ever structure determination of nano-sized porphyrin crystals, porosity monitoring of metal powders and 3D-printed parts, elemental analysis for quality control of food and feed, XRPD measurement of crystallinity in pharmaceutical blends, Bruker-Met partnership brings ELIO µXRF to art conservation research, and high-throughput microCT imaging with automated sample changers.


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X-ray Diffraction & Elemental Analysis


Innovation with Integrity




October 2018, Issue 45

5 Innovations Instrumental to Your Success

You haven't heard from us in a while... We've been busy developing some exciting, new analytical instruments! In case you missed the news releases, here is a recap of Bruker's five new product launches for X-ray and Elemental Analysis since May:

  • S2 POLAR High-Performance, Multi-Element Benchtop EDXRF Analyzer for the Petrochemical Industry
  • G4 ICARUS Series 2 Combustion Analyzer for High-Sensitivity Carbon and Sulfur Analysis
  • SKYSCAN 2214 Ultra-High Resolution Nano-CT for Materials Science
  • S6 JAGUAR Benchtop WDXRF System for Elemental Analysis in Industry and Academia
  • TRACER 5g Handheld XRF Spectrometer for Improved Light Element Sensitivity

Contact us
 soon for details, a brochure, demo, quote, or to have samples run on one or more of these new additions to our Bruker product family!

In This Issue

Three-dimensional Structures of Supermolecular Materials Provide Insight into Their Function


The D8 VENTURE with METALJET once more has proven its excellence for the investigation of the smallest, most challenging samples with this new case study. Binary ionic porphyrins notoriously form nano-sized crystals, making it nearly impossible to determine their crystal structure. This class of porphyrins is of particular interest because of their potential application in optoelectronic devices. Using the D8 VENTURE with METALJET, the molecular organization of a binary ionic porphyrin solid was determined for the first time.
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From Farm to Table: S2 PUMA for the Elemental Analysis of Food and Feed


Food quality is a global concern and requires stringent monitoring all along the supply chain. EDXRF is a proven elemental analysis technique that's widely applied to make sure norms are followed and consumers are kept safe. The S2 PUMA EDXRF analyzer was designed to deliver accurate elemental concentrations for food and feed applications. Enabling detection of elemental nutrients, additives, toxins, and contaminants, the S2 PUMA is invaluable at any stage of food production processes. 
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Test Methods for Additive Manufacturing (AM) – New Analytical Possibilities for Characterization and Monitoring from Powder to Final Product


Increasingly used in metal part production, additive manufacturing (AM) or "3D printing" is the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer. A key aim of AM is to build parts without porosity. Monitoring of non-metallic elements that form gas inclusions during the 3D printing process is therefore very important. This technical poster gives an overview of the determination of C, S, O, N, H and Ar in various metal powders and final products using G4 ICARUS HF, G8 GALILEO IGF, and G8 GALILEO ONH combustion gas analysis instruments.
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Download Flyer: Elemental Analysis & Metrology for Powder Metallurgy – Analytical Solutions for Modern Production Processes


X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD) in Pharma: Amorphous Content Determination and Degree of Crystallinity


Amorphous phases are often used in the pharmaceutical industry – in active ingredients, binders, and bulking aids, for example. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) is the premier analytical technique for measuring degree of crystallinity due to its nondestructive nature and speed in data collection. In this report, a D8 ADVANCE was used to characterize a crystalline phase of acetominophen blended with varying amounts of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC). Excellent linearity is achieved for blends across the compositional gradient and detection of the crystalline phase is possible as low as 0.2 wt%.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Expands its Laboratory Capabilities with Bruker's Newest Addition to the Art Conservator's Mobile Lab


The NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art and Bruker announced a 10-year partnership to advance analytical technologies in the field of cultural heritage science. This partnership builds upon a long history of collaboration which has yielded considerable progress, including use of the Bruker Art Conservator's Mobile Laboratory, which incorporates handheld XRF, handheld Raman and portable FT-IR analyzers. The Met's most recent purchase is an ELIO portable µXRF, a compact energy-dispersive portable XRF spectrometer that will bring new capabilities to conservation research.
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Automated and High-Throughput MicroCT Imaging


Push-button operation of our SKYSCAN microCT imaging systems allows running a pre-programmed sequence of scanning, reconstruction, and data visualization. Several systems can be automated even more, however, through the use of an automated sample changer that loads a new sample to the scanner automatically once the previous scan has ended. This approach offers independent operation of the microCT scanner and high sample thoughput, all without an operator being present.
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Must-See Bruker TV

D2 PHASER video - The world's best benchtop diffractometer brings XRD to everyone, everywhere, and everything!

Image of the Month

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Volume rendered image of a human molar, with high magnification inset of the dentin showing dentin tubules in blue. Scanned with the SKYSCAN 2214 at 350-nm voxel size.

D8 VENTURE User Wins iPad

The lucky winner of our February 2018 SC-XRD customer satisfaction survey drawing for an iPad was Dr. Duane Choquesillo-Lazarte, Tenured Scientist at the Laboratorio de Estudios Cristalográficos (LEC), 
Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra (IACT), of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain. Duane uses a D8 VENTURE in his daily work studying the crystallography of a wide range of organic and metallo-organic compounds. One of his special interests is the use of gels as crystal growth media for small molecules. If only the iPad had an app for that!

SC-XRD Customer Satisfaction Survey

If you own Bruker equipment for single crystal structure analysis, we want to hear from you! Fill out our Customer Satisfaction Survey for a chance to win a new iPad. Drawings are held twice a year and winners are announced in FIRST Newsletter

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Customer Support

Training videos on XRD sample preparation are now available on To access them, simply log in to, go to the Training tab, filter by "My Equipment", type "specimen" in the search box, and then click the magnifying glass. Depending on the Bruker XRD equipment you own, you'll get results for up to 3 training videos specific to your instrument(s).

Events & Tradeshows


28 Oct 2018
ISTFA 2018 - Phoenix, AZ, USA - International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis


4 Nov 2018
GSA 2018 - Indianapolis, IN, USA - Geological Society of America


4 Nov 2018
AAPS PharmSci 360 - Washington, DC, USA - American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists


6 Nov 2018
FabTech 2018 - Atlanta, GA, USA - Metal Forming, Fabricating, Welding and Finishing Event


6 Nov 2018
Free Webinar - S2 POLAR Refinery Analyzer
Register for Session 1: 9:00 AM Berlin / 4:00 PM Singapore
Register for Session 2: 4:00 PM Berlin / 10:00 AM Boston


8 Nov 2018
Free Webinar - S2 POLAR Oil Analyzer
Register for Session 1: 9:00 AM Berlin / 4:00 PM Singapore
Register for Session 2: 4:00 PM Berlin / 10:00 AM Boston


13 Nov 2018
EuroTier 2018 - Hannover, Germany - International trade fair for livestock professionals worldwide


19 Nov 2018
Process Mineralogy '18 - Cape Town, South Africa - MEI Minerals Engineering International


25 Nov 2018
MRS Fall - Boston, MA, USA - Materials Research Society


2 Dec 2018
AsCA 2018, Crystal 32 - Aukland, New Zealand - Asian Crystallographic Association & Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ)


9 Dec 2018
MOF2018 - Aukland, New Zealand - 6th International Conference on Metal-Organic Frameworks and Open Framework Compounds


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