In this issue:  Launch of the new S2 PUMA Series 2, C and S determination in cement with G4 ICARUS Series 2, getting the most from your SC-XRD instrument during COVID-19 lockdown, EIGER2 R 500K upgrades for D8 ADVANCE and D8 DISCOVER, lubricating oils by ASTM D6481 with S2 POLAR, pharmaceutical structure solution from powder diffraction data, quality control of limestone with S6 JAGUAR, G4 ICARUS Series 2 determination of C and S in limestone and dolomite, Bruker-MIT Symposium 2020 report, and flat-field corrections in micro-CT scan setups.


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Innovation with Integrity



X-ray & Elemental Analysis

April 2020, Issue 52

Challenging and Exciting Times

Over the past few weeks, the COVID-19 outbreak has, for most of us, all over the world, tremendously changed our daily life. Like many of you, most of us at Bruker are working from home, and we have all had to adapt to new ways of running the business while combining work hours with the need and pleasure of caring for our families, as day care facilities and schools are closed. Interestingly, our Applications group is seeing an increased number of support requests as our users now take the opportunity to work remotely on more challenging data sets, which didn’t give an answer in a first standard approach. We want to invite you to share some of these challenges with us or join us to learn how to address them. Below, you will find a detailed invitation to our Virtual Events and Bruker Training Office Hours.


Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction (SC-XRD) is already playing an important role in the determination of the 3D-structure of the coronavirus, parts of it, and to understand how the virus interacts with human cells. Knowledge of the virus structure is required in the search for drugs, in as short a time span as possible, to efficiently treat the COVID-19 disease. Because of that important role of SC-XRD, for many of our users in SC-XRD and for structural biologists working directly in the field of COVID-19 research, life got even more busy than it usually is.


Consequently, bulletin boards and social media are full of latest research results and theoretical studies. Today, many synchrotrons are offering short-notice access to beam time for research projects related to COVID-19, while at the same time reducing access for other investigations. In general, at least on COVID-19 it looks like the world is getting closer to an answer and information is more freely shared than ever.


We wish all of you and your families good health and success in getting through these challenging and exciting times. We are ready to support you wherever possible to make our partnership in science even stronger.


In This Issue

Announcing the New S2 PUMA Series 2 
Benchtop X-ray Elemental Analyzer

Our new S2 PUMATM Series 2 with HighSenseTM technology is the high-end Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) spectrometer for elemental analysis. The S2 PUMA Series 2 lets you measure everything faster:

  • Enhanced Speed: Up to three times shorter measurements for higher throughput
  • Enhanced Flexibility: Additional configurations and new software features to fulfill all analytical needs and requirements
  • Enhanced Usability: Next generation software for smooth, time-efficient, and intuitive operation
Join us for a live product launch webinar on April 29th to learn about the S2 PUMA Series 2 and its wide range of applications, including cement, steel, mining, petrochemicals, food and feed, and pharma.
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G4 ICARUS Series 2: Fast and Reliable Carbon and Sulfur Determination in Cement

Cement is a hydraulic binder and the main ingredient of many basic building materials, such as concrete and mortar. Quality and process control require fast, accurate analysis of the elemental and phase composition. Combustion analysis is an easy and fast method to control the limestone and gypsum/anhydrite addition in cements by measuring carbon and sulfur. This lab report shows the simplicity, speed and reliability of carbon and sulfur determination by the G4 ICARUS Series 2 using a high-frequency (HF) induction furnace.
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Getting the Most from SC-XRD During the COVID-19 Lockdown

With many X-ray labs in lockdown and synchrotron beamtime operations suspended, we look at how you can continue to get the most from your single crystal X-ray diffraction (SC-XRD) instrument during the COVID-19 lockdown period and beyond. 
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EIGER2 R 500K for D8 Family


We're pleased to announce the in-field EIGER2 R 500K upgrade package available for Bruker's D8 ADVANCE and D8 DISCOVER.

The EIGER2 R 500K is a multi-mode (0D/1D/2D) detector designed specifically for laboratory instruments by Dectris Ltd. Intensive collaboration during development has resulted in an exceptional level of hardware and software integration in Bruker diffractometers.

Take advantage of these key benefits of the EIGER2 R 500K in your D8 ADVANCE and D8 DISCOVER:

  • Seamless integration of 0D, 1D and 2D detection in step, continuous and advanced scanning modes
  • Ergonomic, alignment-free detector rotation to optimize γ or 2Θ angular coverage
  • Panoramic, tool-free diffracted beam optics using the complete detector field of view
  • Continuously variable detector positioning to balance angular coverage and resolution 

Please contact your local sales representative for more information.

S2 POLAR: ASTM D6481 Determination of P, S, Ca, and Zn in Lubricating Oils

Additives in lubricating oils are used to optimize engine performance and lifetime. Analytical accuracy and precision ensure high product quality in combination with low production cost. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) is the analytical method of choice due to its ease of use and sample preparation. The S2 POLAR EDXRF analyzer is perfectly designed to master even challenging lubricating oil applications. The S2 POLAR performs multi-element oil analysis fully norm-compliant according to ASTM D6481-14. This allows tight quality control in base oil production, blending facilities or additive dosing stations.
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Structure Solution from X-ray Powder Diffraction Data for Pharmaceutical Samples – a Walk-Through Example Using a Rigid Body for the Molecular Structure


This application note describes how to collect and interpret good quality powder diffraction data for a pharmaceutical sample. It provides a guideline for data collection as well as structural modelling using DIFFRAC.TOPAS software.The process is described step by step for a small molecule compound, from data collection to the various steps of data processing. The compound Allantoin was chosen as an example where the molecular structure is already known and can be entered as a “rigid body”. Structure Determination from Powder Data (SDPD) in this case proved surprisingly straightforward.
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Expertise in Elemental Analysis – Spark-OES and Combustion/Fusion Analyzers


This flyer provides an overview of Bruker's family of optical emission spectrometers (Spark OES) and CS/ONH combustion/fusion analyzers.
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Bruker/MIT Symposium 2020 Report


"Porous Materials" was the motto of the 2020 Bruker/MIT Symposium held in Cambridge, MA, USA in February. Hosted by Peter Müller of MIT and sponsored by Bruker AXS, this year's Symposium brought together 100 of the greatest minds in X-ray crystallography to discuss advances in instrumentation, methods, and research findings related to supramolecular structures of solids with pores or cavities, including metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).
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Coplanar and Non-Coplanar Diffraction


Grazing incidence diffraction (GID) techniques are powerful methods for exploring coatings with thicknesses ranging from µm’s to nm’s. By setting the incident angle at a low value and holding it while moving the detector in either the coplanar or non-coplanar direction, the penetration depth can be carefully controlled, allowing investigations of depth-dependent effects.
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XRM Global Application Facilities Expansion

We've expanded our application and service facilities for X-ray Microscopy (XRM) in four locations across the globe, including Madison, Wisconsin, USA. This expansion, and local teams of dedicated application scientists, supports both new and existing customers with instrument demonstrations, sample analyses, training and application support. We look forward to working with you!
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S6 JAGUAR Quality Control of Limestone: Precision, Accuracy and Reliability with Compact Benchtop WDXRF

Limestone is one of the most important industrial commodities 
with numerous applications ranging from steel production to construction, pharmaceuticals and food. Quality control of limestone is crucial to ensuring that the final product meets market specific standards. This makes precise, accurate, and reliable monitoring of compositional changes a critical prerequisite for cost-efficient limestone production. The grade of high-purity limestone, and thus the value of the final product, depends on elements such as Fe, Mg, Mn, and Na. This lab report demonstrates the excellent analytical performance of the compact WDXRF spectrometer S6 JAGUAR for quality control of limestone and similar materials.
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G4 ICARUS Series 2: Fast and Reliable Carbon and Sulfur Determination in Limestone, Dolomite and Lime


Limestone and dolomite are sedimentary rocks with a tremendous variety of applications in a wide variety of fields. Limestone is used as construction raw material, aggregate, fluxing agent, acid neutralizing agent, and an animal feed filler. When calcined, burnt lime (CaO) is created, which is more effective in acid-neutralization and as a construc-tion material. Dolomite is harder than limestone, making it a superior construction material. Quality and process control require the fast and accurate analysis of the elemental composition in these raw materials. This lab report shows the simplicity, speed and reliability of carbon and sulfur determination by the G4 ICARUS Series 2 using a high-frequency (HF) induction furnace.
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XRM: The Why, When and How of Flat-Field Corrections

This Method Note 129 covers a routine task in micro-CT scan setup: flat-field corrections. Flat-field corrections are background corrections that are a necessity for good quality, reproducible scans. Corrections ensure that the background of any scan is always represented in the same grayscale level, normalize the pixel response variation of the X-ray detector (or camera), and minimize certain artefacts associated with the detector response. Flat-field corrections consist of two images: a bright-field image acquired when the X-ray source is on and no object is in the field of view, and a dark-field image, acquired with the X-ray source off. The way to update flat-fields differs depending on which system you have.
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Must-See Bruker TV

SKYSCAN 2214 Nano-XRM - With a unique combination of a powerful source, submicron resolution and large field of view, the 2214 offers a 3-D view into the world around us.

Image of the Month

This XRM image was acquired from a small piece of cotton fabric found in a late 14th to early 15th century burial site belonging to a 20-30 year old woman in northern Finland. The fabric was preserved on a silver belt ring. During that time, cotton was a rare import product from Asia. The fabric was scanned with a SKYSCAN 2214 with a voxel size of 0.7 µm
Courtesy of Mikko Finnilä (faculty of medicine) and Sana Lipkin (archeology) of the University of Oulu, Finland.
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Bruker Training Office Hours

Open to existing users of Bruker 
X-ray DiffractionX-ray Microscopy
X-ray FluorescenceCS/ONH Analysis, Optical Emission Spectrometryand Single Crystal
X-ray Diffraction
 instruments, Bruker Training Office Hours are free, 1-hour, online, live, interactive, weekly Applications Training sessions, offered in three different time zones and multiple languages. These sessions will not be recorded or offered on-demand. Each series will be extended with new topics based on your feedback and suggestions. Sign up once for a series and attend as many of its live weekly sessions as you like. We'll send you an attendance reminder before each session starts. Drop in for a few minutes or stay the hour, learn new methods during the brief training presentation, chat with your fellow attendees, bring your questions, and discuss your applications with our experts.
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Virtual Events for X-ray Diffraction and Elemental Analysis

There has never been a better time to learn something new.

You've come to the right place. In these times of tradeshow cancellations, social distancing and working from home, Bruker AXS is committed to keeping you up to date on the latest in our solutions and applications. This webpage will serve as your resource for all of our upcoming X-ray Diffraction, Microscopy, and Elemental Analysis digital events, including webinars, online trainings, and virtual meetings.
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Bruker Merged Reality Support Desk

To provide you with uninterrupted support of your Bruker AXS equipment during the COVID-19 crisis, we are extending our online support capabilities to include a merged reality solution called Help Lightning. This tool allows us to provide a virtual engineer and remote support to any site requiring a service visit, but is restricting onsite access.
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Pre-owned Systems Available

Bruker offers pre-owned and demo systems for an attractive price. All systems are completely refurbished and come with a one-year warranty. Currently available: three benchtop XRF S2 RANGERs and three benchtop XRF S2 PUMAs.
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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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Upcoming Webinars

21 Apr 2020
Geochemical visualization in the geologist's toolkit: using micro-XRF and automated minerology in the mineral exploration workflow


22 Apr 2020
Rapid on-site trace element analysis of wastewater, sewage and industrial effluents


22 Apr 2020
Soluciones Innovadoras en XRF y XRD de Bruker para los desafíos actuales en Producción del Cemento


23 Apr 2020
Optimizing Your Refinery Processes with Elemental Analysis


23 Apr 2020
Soluções Inovadoras Bruker em XRF e XRD para o Controle de Qualidade e Processo de Cimento


28 Apr 2020
Novas soluções XRF Bruker para Aplicações Industriais e Acadêmicas


29 Apr 2020
S2 PUMA Series 2 Launch: Find Out What's New in XRF!


29 Apr 2020
Soluciones innovadoras de Bruker en difracción de rayos X (XRD) para el control de calidad y de procesos en la industria farmac


30 Apr 2020
Large area SEM mapping using the Rapid Stage and its benefits for EDS, WDS and micro-XRF analysis


30 Apr 2020
Soluções inovadoras Bruker em difração de raios X (XRD) para o controle de qualidade e de processos na indústria farmaceutica


30 Apr 2020
Nuevas soluciones de XRF Bruker para aplicaciones industriales y académicas


05 May 2020
Not Just for Experts: Pair Distribution Function Analysis in the Home Lab


05 May 2020 
Latest development in advanced 3D EBSD/EDS data processing with ESPRIT QUBE


06 May 2020
Art & Conservation Series Part I: New Horizons of micro-XRF in Art and Conservation


12 May 2020
Industrial Quality Control with the S6 JAGUAR


25 May 2020
Sorry we won't see you at EPDIC. Join our digital luncheon!

On-Demand Webinars

Element Mapping on the Nanoscale - TEM, STEM and T-SEM EDS Quantification at its Best


Compositional analysis of archaeological ceramics by Handheld XRF


High-Speed Mapping Using Micro-XRF on SEM

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