07/21/2006

GHE - German Healthcare Export Group e.V.

Thermo launches innovative instrument for materials characterisation

K-Alpha (photo: Thermo)
CHICAGO/LANGENSELBOLD. German Healthcare Export Group-member Thermo Electron Corporation launches an innovative instrument for materials characterisation: K-Alpha. It will be showcased for the first time at Microscopy and Microanalysis 2006 in Chicago, Illinois, from July 30 to August 3.

Utilizing the fast growing technique of X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), K-Alpha can quantitatively determine the surface chemical composition of the top few nanometers of solid materials. Insulators, semiconductors and metals can all be analyzed in a user-friendly, reliable and automated fashion.

This new system is specifically targeted for high-throughput sample analysis and incorporates data processing algorithms offering full automation from acquisition to data interpretation and reporting.

Furthermore, the electron optics deliver high sensitivity, permitting insight into the most complex surface chemistries in both traditional materials and emerging biotech, nanotech and pharmaceutical industries. K-Alpha's small spot capability, combined with its high sensitivity, enables rapid, chemical-state image acquisition. An integral ion source provides a high-resolution depth profiling capability, thus facilitating 3-dimensional analysis.

The compact footprint and built-in system calibration features deliver a level of robustness and a low cost of ownership.

For more information about Thermo’s novel K-Alpha XPS instrument, please visit booth Nr. 1516 at Microscopy and Microanalysis 2006 in Chicago. Alternatively, please call +1 800-532-4752, e-mail analyze@thermo.com or visit surface analyses.

Also spot on the GHE's website for further information.