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June Newsletter

Community News

Mark your calendars. On July 22-27, 2018 the x-ray community will gather in Krakow, Poland for the 17th international conference on x-ray absorption fine structure. This event, hosted by the Polish Synchrotron Radiation Society, will showcase advancements in science and technology in physics, chemistry, and materials science.

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Instrument News

Many customers have asked whether benchtop XES capability can be expanded to lower energies. Consequently, easyXAFS is happy to announce the rollout of the BRIMSTONE, a tender x-ray spectrometer for the 2 – 5 keV energy range. This new product line is based on a new, compact approach to ultra-high resolution wavelength-dispersive spectroscopy. For example, analytical determination of the distribution of oxidation states of sulfur or phosphorus in catalysts, soils, and fossil fuels is now available on your benchtop with a small, simply-operated spectrometer.

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Analytical XAS

One important purpose of benchtop XAFS and XES is to enable truly ‘analytical XAS’. Routine, analytical applications frequently require lower technical capabilities that available at synchrotron light sources but much higher levels of routine, even daily, access than is the case for traditional synchrotron access. Consequently, XAS has played only a very limited role in mainstream analytical chemistry, even for problems in catalysis, environmental science, or electrical energy storage where synchrotron-based XAS regularly makes important scientific contributions. By the end of 2017, easyXAFS will have its full suite of products available on-site in Seattle for mail-in proprietary service and also for open academic collaborations aimed at developing the new sub-field of analytical XAFS and XES.  Please contact us (myxafs@easyxafs.com) with your ideas for how to expand modern XAS into industrial testing or process control, rapid feedback for new materials discovery, or environmental or product safety testing. We look forward to working with you.

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