Chromatography instruments win at 2014 R&D 100 awards

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  • Published: Jul 21, 2014
  • Author: Jon Evans
  • Channels: Ion Chromatography / Detectors / Gas Chromatography / HPLC

Several chromatography instruments were winners at this year's R&D 100 awards. Run by R&D Magazine, the awards recognize the 100 most technologically significant products introduced onto the market over the past year.

Thermo Fisher Scientific won for its Dionex ERS 500, as well as for two other analytical instruments. The Dionex ERS 500 is the first electrolytically-regenerated, high-capacity membrane suppressor that eliminates the need for chemical reagents during ion chromatography, and is designed for use in the environmental, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical sectors.

Waters won for its CORTECS UPLC 1.6 micron columns, which feature a solid, impermeable silica core encased in a porous silica outer layer. According to Waters, these columns set a new standard in liquid chromatography column performance, allowing analytical scientists to produce greater amounts of information faster with every chromatographic separation.

Other winning instruments were developed by much smaller companies, as well as by a government research institute. US company Excellims won for its IA3100 high performance ion mobility spectrometer (IMS); specifically designed for use as an HPLC detector, the IA3100 IMS allows orthogonal separations that enhance the ability of HPLC to separate complex samples. Fellow US company INFICON won for its Micro GC Fusion, a compact, portable gas chromatograph instrument designed for the environmental analysis of gases such as natural gas, syngas and flue gas emissions.

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, US, won for its development of a portable, miniature thin layer chromatography system (TLC), which has been commercialized by the US company Field Forensics. Marketed under the name microTLC, the system is designed to detect and identify explosives, illicit drugs, insecticides, pesticides and other targets in samples taken from surfaces, liquids and solids, both in the laboratory and out in the field.

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