In this issue: More EIGER2 R 500K detector applications, S6 JAGUAR trace analysis of pet coke and coal, mercury concentrations in oil & gas piping with the S1 TITAN, QUANTAX WDS differentiates lead phases on battery cathodes, HART PLUS scanning on SKYSCAN 1273 and 2214, recaps of SC-XRD meetings MIT Symposium, DGK and HäKo 2019.


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May 2019, Issue 48

Celebrating the Periodic Table's 150th Anniversary

Furthering our celebration of the "International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements" (IYPT2019), we bring you five more fun facts* about the periodic table (continued from February 2019 issue of FIRST Newsletter):  


6.  Fond of card games, Dmitry Mendeleev wrote the weight for each element on a separate index card and sorted them as in solitaire. Elements with similar properties formed a “suit” that he placed in columns ordered by ascending atomic weight.


7.  Now he had a new Periodic Law (“Elements arranged according to the value of their atomic weights present a clear periodicity of properties”) that described one pattern for all 63 elements.


8.  Where Mendeleev’s table had blank spaces, he correctly predicted the weights and chemical behaviors of some missing elements—gallium, scandium, and germanium.


9.  But when argon was discovered in 1894, it didn’t fit into any of Mendeleev’s columns, so he denied its existence—as he did for helium, neon, krypton, xenon, and radon.


10.  In 1902 he acknowledged he had not anticipated the existence of these overlooked, incredibly unreactive elements—the noble gases—which now constitute the entire eighth group of the table.


*Adapted from Discover Magazine, Nov 2011


Party on, Periodic Table fans, and enjoy this quarter's issue of FIRST Newsletter.


In This Issue

Applications of the EIGER2 R 500K X-ray Detector to Texture Analysis, Pharmaceuticals and X-Ray Reflectometry

Can't get enough of Bruker's new EIGER2 R 500K hybrid photon-counting X-ray detector for X-ray diffractometry? Here are three new Application Notes for the materials minded. Read more: 


DGK Meeting 2019 in Leipzig

Photon counting is more accurate in the space domain than in the time domain. Find out why in this summary of the German Crystallographic Society (DGK) Meeting held in Leipzig in March. Bruker's exhibitions included the new PHOTON III detector series, IμS DIAMOND microfocus source, and APEX3 software suite with IDEAL add-on.

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Analysis of Natural and Processed Food Samples

The M4 TORNADO Micro-XRF spectrometer has great potential for detecting food contaminants, such as metal shavings, wood splinters or plastic pieces. This lab report describes the analysis of different potato samples – from a raw potato to the packaged potato chip product – considering contamination, patterns of nutrients, and distribution of salt and flavoring.

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May 16th Webinar: Industrial Quality Control with XRF Made Compact, Performant and Easy


Monitoring elemental concentrations is critical for ensuring optimal product performance and minimal cost-of-operation. This is especially true for engine oils, refractories in high-temperature processes, and metal alloys for advanced machinery. In this webinar, learn the many benefits that the S6 JAGUAR benchtop WDXRF analyzer brings to industrial quality control. 

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Bruker/MIT Symposium 2019

"Quantum Crystallography" just sounds cool, and the 2019 Bruker/MIT Symposium in February explored this cool field of single crystal X-ray diffraction in detail. Hosted by Peter Müller of MIT, this year's Symposium brought together experts in instrumentation, data collection and charge-density structure refinement, as well as researchers and students interested in applying these innovative methods.
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Handheld XRF Screening of Mercury Contamination in Oil and Gas Processing Equipment, Vessels and Storage Tanks

Mercury occurs naturally in crude oil at concentrations varying from low parts per billion to low parts per million. It tends to build up in processing equipment, vessels, and storage tanks over time, requiring costly decontamination measures. Bruker's handheld S1 TITAN XRF offers a quick, inexpensive way to determine mercury levels in oil and gas piping and containers.
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HäKo 2019 Meeting in Kiel

The 54th German Hemdsärmelkolloquium ("sleeveless shirt colloquium"), otherwise known as HäKo, was held March 7 to 9 this year at the University of Kiel on the Baltic Sea. Organizers Wolfgang Bensch and Christian Näther brought together top chemists in the field of solid state and materials research, ensuring a quality program by limiting each presentation to just ten minutes. Bruker's own single crystal diffraction Application Scientist, Tobias Stuerzer, gave a talk on PHOTON III detector development.
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May 16th Webinar: Explore Micro-XRF in the Geosciences


Micro-XRF is an analytical technique that uses small-spot X-rays to map relative elemental abundance and concentration on a micron scale. Geologists have been applying Micro-XRF for many years to answer research questions in fields as varied as mineralogy, planetary science, sedimentology, and paleontology. This webinar will provide an overview of Micro-XRF applications and inspire you on ways Micro-XRF can solve your toughest analytical challenges

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High Spectral Resolution Analysis of Lead-Acid Batteries

This application note presents the results of Wavelength Dispersive Spectrometry (WDS) analyses of a lead-acid battery cathode with Bruker's QUANTAX WDS system on a FEG-SEM. X-ray mapping times of only 15 minutes revealed areas on the PbO2 cathode where PbSO4 precipitation had occurred, demonstrating the ability of the WD spectrometer to distinguish S Kα from Pb Mα and differentiate between lead phases.
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S6 JAGUAR – Trace Element Analysis in Coke, Coal and Carbon Products for Energy, Steel Plants and Aluminum by WDXRF

Coal and pet coke are used in energy generation and metal production plants, but impurities in the materials can interfere with electrolytic processes. Wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WDXRF) is recommended in international standards (ISO 12980, ASTM D 6376-10 and YS/T 63.16) for the trace analysis of such impurities. Our S6 JAGUAR WDXRF instrument is ideal for the job. This lab report demonstrates why.
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High Aspect Ratio Tomography PLUS (HART PLUS)

High Aspect Ratio Tomography PLUS (HART PLUS) on Bruker SKYSCAN 1273 and SKYSCAN 2214 micro-CT systems ensures optimum scan conditions at every rotation angle using a scanning strategy with continuously variable angular steps. Planar objects, including those with high aspect ratio, are scanned three to four times faster than with a standard scan strategy at the same resolution. Details of HART PLUS can be found in Method Note 123.
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Must-See Bruker TV

SKYSCANTM 2214 product overview: 3D X-ray Microscopy at the Nanoscale

Image of the Month

SKYSCANTM 1273 benchtop 3D volume rendered image of an aluminum casted water pump body for a car engine showing color-coded sizes of voids. Enlarged image: 3072 x 3072 x 1448 pixels, 53 µm isotropic resolution.
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X-ray Tube Summer Sale

20% off a Cu or Mo ceramic sealed X-ray tube when you buy before July 31, 2019

Summer doesn’t last forever, and neither do X-ray tubes. Maybe your XRD or SC-XRD instrument’s X-ray tube is already three or four years old, or you’ve noticed a slight intensity decrease lately. Act now to take advantage of some special pricing on spare or replacement ceramic sealed X-ray tubes. Buy a Cu or Mo ceramic sealed X-ray tube by July 31, 2019 and get 20% off of list price!

Combine this offer with a service call to have your new X-ray tube installed, and add a planned maintenance visit too. Bruker is extending a 10% discount on all labor associated with tube maintenance and installation. New tube warranty is six months from time of delivery. 

Juice up your XRD or SC-XRD instrument this summer with 20% savings on a new X-ray tube, plus 10% savings on any tube installation or maintenance visit by a Bruker Service Engineer. 

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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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Events & Tradeshows

22 May 2019
PEFTEC 2019 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands - International Conference on Petroleum, Refining and Environmental Technologies


27 May 2019
E-MRS Spring 2019 - Nice, France - European Materials Research Society


28 May 2019
TOPAS Users Meeting - Yokohama, Japan - TOPAS software training


02 Jun 2019
ISMSC 2019 - Lecce, Italy - International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry


05 Jun 2019
Freiberger Universitätsforum BHT 2019 - Freiberg, Germany - Colloquia on Sustainable Processes for Innovative Material Design


16 Jun 2019
rich School of Crystallography 2019 - Zürich, Switzerland - Small-molecule single-crystal X-ray structure determination


19 Jun 2019
DRC Mining Week - Lubumbashi, Congo - Mining Expo and Conference


21 Jun 2019
Markovnikov Congress on Organic Chemistry 2019 - Moscow, Russia 


24 Jun 2019
Protein Science Society of Japan - Kobe, Japan


25 Jun 2019
GIFA 2019 - Düsseldorf, Germany - Trade fair for foundry technology


26 Jun 2019
Chemspec Europe 2019 - Basel, Switzerland - International Exhibition for Fine and Specialty Chemicals


01 Jul 2019
Euroclay 2019 - Paris, France - Joint meeting of European Clay Groups Association (ECGA), Clay Minerals Society (CMS) & Mediterranean Clay Meeting (MCM)


02 Jul 2019
International Meeting on Crystal Chemistry, X-ray Diffraction and Spectroscopy of Minerals - Apatity, Russia


22 Jul 2019
Iron Ore 2019 - Perth, Australia - Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)


22 Jul 2019
ICTMS 2019 - Cairns, Australia - International Conference on Tomography of Materials & Structures


22 Jul 2019
URTeC 2019 - Denver, Colorado, USA - Unconventional Resources Technology Conference


23 Jul 2019
AMCT 2019 - Kangar, Perlis, Malaysia - Conference on Advanced Materials Characterization Technique


18 Aug 2019
ECM 2019 - Vienna, Austria - European Crystallographic Meeting


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