In this issue: S6 JAGUAR on coke and coal, crystal sponge measured on D8 QUEST ECO, upgrades for bio-crystallography systems, S4 T-STAR trace element analysis of cell culture media, spectral resolution of QUANTAX WDS, BRAGG2D for sample preparation assessment, what's new in EVA V5, automatic ROI definition for micro-CT, alloy QA/QC with handheld XRF, and training course descriptions 2019.


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December 2018, Issue 46

Wishes for What Matters Most

There are many different traditions and customs for making wishes around the world. The Irish wish on four-leaf clovers, the Japanese if they catch a falling leaf, and Americans if they get the longer piece when pulling on a turkey wishbone. Many of us wish on a coin tossed in a fountain, candles on our birthday cake, on a fallen eyelash, on ladybugs, or the first star we see at night.


The holidays – from Thanksgiving and Hanukkah to Christmas, Kwanzaa and Chinese New Year – bring out the wishes in all of us. Our celebrations often involve a "wish tree" of sorts, a special tree where people gather to make offerings of notes, coins, ribbons or ornaments to nature in the hopes that their wish will come true. Wish trees let us step out of our busy lives, reconnect with what truly matters, and realize that we share similar hopes for ourselves and the world.


An informal survey of wish lists here at Bruker revealed the following:  a jet pack, a ban on single-use plastics, a flying car, a battery that powers your cell phone for a year, a research paper published in Nature or Science, room-temperature superconductors, an "iBod" (a capsule that peacefully transports your body through airports while you sleep) and, most of all, happy customers.


What's on your wish list this year? If you're hoping to analyze lumps of coal or cold hard steel, check out our new S6 JAGUAR, a benchtop WDXRF spectrometer that packs a lot of power into a small footprint. If you pine after performance and precision for petrochemical analyses, take a peek at our new S2 POLAR multi-element polarized EDXRF spectrometer.


Wishing you science joy, truth, justice, and peace in 2019!


In This Issue

S6 JAGUAR: Trace Element Analysis in Coke, Coal and Carbon Products for Energy, Steel Plants and Aluminum by WDXRF


This lab report describes the use of our new S6 JAGUAR WDXRF spectrometer in the analysis of minute amounts of impurities in coal, coke and carbonaceous materials according to standard test methods ISO 12980, ASTM D 6376-10 and YS/T 63.16. The S6 JAGUAR delivers exactly the right technology, performance and precision needed for the job.
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The D8 QUEST ECO for Crystal Sponge Investigations


Bachelor students at the University of Amsterdam applied the ingeneous "crystalline sponge method" – using a single crystal of a metal organic framework to host guest molecules – to determine the crystal structure of two analyte compounds. X-ray data were collected on a D8 QUEST ECO diffractometer with a PHOTON detector. Excellent data quality allowed the students to not only reproduce literature-reported structures, but to discover a new polymorph too.
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System Upgrades for Biological Crystallography
The latest software, brightest X-ray sources, and newest X-ray detectors – available for your existing system today 


Biopharmaceutical Production: Rapid Nutrient and Contaminant Analysis of Cell Culture Media by TXRF Spectroscopy


Cell culture media contain amino acids, vitamins, salts, carbohydrates, and nutrient and trace elements, such as P, Zn, Cu, Fe, Se and Mn. The composition of the medium must be kept constant in order to prevent cell death and to maximize the yield of the biophamaceutical product. This lab report describes the application, for the first time, of Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence (TXRF) spectroscopy – the S4 T-STAR – to the control of nutrient elements and identification of contaminants.
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QUANTAX WDS with XSense: A Powerful Tool for High Spectral Resolution Applications


For this application note, Bruker QUANTAX WDS and QUANTAX EDS systems, installed on an electron microscope, were used to highlight differences in energy resolution and demonstrate the advantages of WDS for qualitative and quantitative analysis. As illustrated with cubic zirconia, galena, molybdenite, and tungsten- and tantalum silicide samples, elemental peaks in WDS spectra can easily be identified and quantified, whereas in EDS spectra, peak overlaps cause serious analytical challenges.
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BRAGG2D: Two Dimensional Diffraction with the D2 PHASER


Wondering whether your prepared sample comes sufficiently close to the ideal powder condition for powder X-ray diffraction? BRAGG2D may be just what you need! BRAGG2D is a patent-pending technique utilizing parafocusing beam geometry with a new two dimensional data processing algorithm to illuminate a large specimen area with the full X-ray beam, resulting in rapid assessment of sample preparation. This application notes provides examples and details on how it works.
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DIFFRAC.EVA – What's New 2018?
Versions 4.3 and 5 come with numerous improvements and new functionality. Welcome to the next level in powder diffraction.


CT-analyser Plug-ins: ROI Shrink-Wrap and Primitive ROI

CT-analyser software on SKYSCAN microCT imaging systems has two plug-ins available for defining a region of interest (ROI) automatically. The ROI Shrink-Wrap plug-in generates an ROI by adapting to the shape of selected objects. The Primitive ROI plug-in creates a binary image for the ROI containing only a certain edge. These automatic ROI definition tools come in handy when the object geometry is complex and when objects touching the outside of the image cube need to be taken into account.
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Emerging Alloy QA/QC Applications with Bruker's Handheld XRF

Handheld XRF analyzers are used throughout industry for quality assurance, quality control, alloy identification, and failure analysis of incoming, in-use, and manufactured metals and alloys. This articles lists the primary advancements in Bruker's HHXRF that make these challenging applications possible. It also goes over five up-to-the-minute examples where HHXRF proves its mettle, including sintered metal powder and metal contaminants in food.
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Training Courses 2019
Visit our Training at Bruker AXS webpage and click on the product line of interest to check the class schedule, request a training quotation, or register for a class.


Applications Training Course Descriptions 


Maintenance/Service Training Course Descriptions

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Image of the Month

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Volume rendering of a marine sediment core in a 6.3-mm diameter plastic tube. The pore structure is clearly resolved, as well as interior and surface details of the foraminifera. Scanned with the SKYSCAN 2214 at 1.7-μm image pixel size.

Bruker Heralds a New Era in Micro-XRF with the

At Denver X-ray Conference 2018, Bruker introduced the M4 TORNADOPLUS, the world's first Micro-XRF spectrometer that enables the detection and analysis of the entire element range from carbon to americium. As the latest member of the proven, market leading family of M4 TORNADO Micro-XRF analyzers, the M4 TORNADO PLUS also offers additional unique features, such as an innovative aperture management system, an ultrahigh throughput pulse processor and a flexible quick-change sample stage.

Bruker Launches S2 POLAR, a Benchtop EDXRF Analyzer for Petrochemicals

In October at the Gulf Coast Conference in Texas, Bruker launched the S2 POLARTM, a new multi-element benchtop analyzer based on polarized energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF). With its optimized HighSense™ beam path and HighSense™ ULS detector, the S2 POLAR provides high sensitivity and excellent analytical precision, especially for applications in the petrochemical industry.
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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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2019 Bruker/MIT Symposium on Quantum Crystallography

Symposium: February 23, 2019
Workshop: February 22, 24, 2019

We invite you to the annual Bruker/MIT Symposium - a small but high-quality event hosted by MIT's Department of Chemistry and funded by Bruker AXS. The Motto of the 2019 Symposium will be "Quantum Crystallography" - the new name for experimental charge density. As always, participation is free of charge and participants for the workshop will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Events & Tradeshows

5 Dec 2018
On-Demand Webinar - M1 MISTRAL
Expanded Coating Analysis Performance for Electroless Ni Plating and Bath Analysis with Micro-XRF


9 Jan 2019
NSSM 2019 - Aarhus, Denmark - 15th Nordic (Meeting on) Scattering from Soft Matter, SAXS Workshop


18 Jan 2019
CE2C 2019 - Maharashtra, India - Conference on Energy and Environmental Challenges


23 Jan 2019
Annual Meeting of the Physical Society of Taiwan (TPS) - Hsinchu, Taiwan


25 Jan 2019
5th Annual Conference of the Bangladesh Crystallographic Association (BCA) - Dhaka, Bangladesh


4 Feb 2019
Mining Indaba 2019 - Cape Town, South Africa


10 Feb 2019
44th Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function - Lorne, Victoria, Australia


12 Feb 2019
Structure Assisted Discovery of Novel Therapeutics 2019 - Faridabad, India


13 Feb 2019
iCT 2019 - Padova, Italy - 9th International Conference on Industrial Computed Tomography


17 Feb 2019
CemTech MEA 2019 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Cement Technology Middle East & Africa Conference and Exhibition


24 Feb 2019
SME 2019 - Denver, Colorado, USA - Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Annual Conference and Expo


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