Understanding food on the microscale – a free webinar

Technicians skilled in developing, characterizing and testing food and its processability, and with an understanding of rheology, will be interested in the complimentary webinar being offered by Thermo Scientific on November 13, 2012.

Combining rheology with other analytical techniques allows for a better understanding of the flow and behaviour of food products. The combined results can correlate specific macroscopic flow and application phenomena with micro/molecular structure. These methods can be used for:

– time and temperature dependent behaviour, gelatinization, gelification, cross-linking, crystallization, melting and freezing

– particle size and particle size distribution

– aggregation and disaggregation, thixotropy

– correlation with microstructure via in-situ microscopy

– mouth feeling, spreadability and processability


Date and time:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 11 a.m. EDT




1 hour

Thermo Scientific provides material characterization solutions that analyze and measure viscosity, elasticity, processability and temperature-related mechanical changes of plastics, food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and coatings, chemical or petrochemical products, plus a wide variety of liquids or solids.

Please visit the Thermo Scientific website to register.

Introducing the New Environmental Scanner for the Cypher™ AFM – the Highest Resolution Fast Scanning AFM

Imagine an AFM that routinely images the DNA double helix (top image) and atomic point defects (bottom) – in any environment.

We invite you to Booth 510 at the MRS Fall Meeting for an exclusive preview of the new Environmental Scanner for Cypher.

The Cypher Environmental Scanner is a modular and customizable platform with sample temperature control in a wide spectrum of environments. The Environmental Scanner is designed around a sealed cell which can sustain moderate positive pressures and uses chemically inert materials, such as fused silica and FFKM, to provide a controlled environment while maintaining accurate and distortion free imaging.

Cypher offers the widest range of scanning environments:

  • Buffers, solvents, inert gases, strong acids/bases
  • Liquid/gas perfusion
  • Continuous liquid flow
  • Temperature control from 0°C to 250°C
  • Optional electrical feedthroughs

If your experiments require a glove box, Cypher can also be operated in this configuration.

MFP-3D™ AFM – High Resolution,
Closed-loop Precision, and Flexibility

We’ll also be featuring the MFP-3D, the most versatile AFM platform with numerous environmental accessories and advanced scanning modes. The MFP-3D can be configured as:

Both the MFP-3D and Cypher AFMs scan with all standard AFM imaging modes (tapping, contact, MFM, phase, etc.), and numerous exclusive imaging modes:


LYON, FRANCE – JUNE 21-26, 2015

Calorimetry and thermal analysis methods, alone or linked to other techniques, will be described and applied to the characterization of catalysts, oxides, metals, supports, adsorbents, polymers, composites, food, pharmaceuticals, mesoporous solids, ionic liquids, phase change materials, heat storage materials, hydrogen storage materials. Examples will be given in various domains: catalytic reactions, air and wastewater treatment, clean and renewable energies, refining of hydrocarbons, green chemistry, hydrogen production and storage, CO2 capture, interseasonal heat storage, food chemistry, polymers…

Multi-imaging platforms in microscopy

Flexibility can be the key to addressing a wide range of microscopy applications in many different fields of research. Structural, chemical and mechanical characteristics of materials can all be imaged and analyzed with an instrument that combines Confocal Raman Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). With an integrated platform, chemical information from Raman analysis can be directly linked to structural and mechanical data derived from AFM imaging, simultaneously, on the same spot on the sample.

Our partners at WITec offer a full line of near-field optical microscopy (NSOM), Confocal Raman Imaging and AFM instruments for materials research and nanotechnology. Their modular design allows for an integrated imaging platform that combines these techniques; providing high-resolution chemical and structural analysis on the same sample area at the same time using only one instrument.

Recently, WITec introduced the StrobeLock add-on that can be integrated with their entire Raman, AFM and SNOM lines of microscopes. This add-on provides another dimension to the WITec platform; fluorescence lifetime imaging.

“This exceptional development significantly extends the capabilities for the WITec microscope series and opens a new field of application for a more comprehensive sample characterization,” said Dr. Joachim Koenen, WITec co-founder and Managing Director, in a news release.

StrobeLock is a pulsed excitation laser system combined with a Time-Correlated Single-Photon Counting (TCSPC) detector.

Being able to switch between time-resolved and conventional mode means a microscope user can conveniently choose their preferred measurement technique. And that makes these instruments much more flexible.

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Making high performance affordable

Atomic force microscopes (AFM) offer atomic-scale resolution for imaging applications in life sciences and materials research.

But AFM’s often come with a very expensive price tag – which can make it a challenge for scientists to afford this technology in these days of shrinking research budgets.

Earlier this month, our partners at Asylum Research introduced a high performance solution that expands the reach of atomic force microscopes to researchers with limited budgets for imaging instrumentation. This new AFM eliminates some of the more advanced accessories and features of the high-end models without sacrificing core performance.

“This is in stark contrast to some competitors who have taken old technology and repackaged it as entry-level AFMs with lower performance,” says Ben Ohler, AFM Business Manager, in an Asylum Research news release. “(This model) is based on the technology-leading MFP-3D AFM, known for closed-loop precision, high-resolution imaging, and low-noise force measurements.”

This model – the MFP-3D Origin – is great news for the AFM research community. It offers far more than just the basic scan modes that you’d expect in a more affordable model and it includes many advanced modes such as nanolithography, Dual AC Mode and piezoresponse force microscopy.

Like the higher-performance model it’s based on, it can be used for a variety of applications in material science, physics, data storage and semiconductors, polymers, chemistry, biomaterials and bioscience. The MFP-3D can be used for single molecule mechanical experiments on DNA, protein unfolding and polymer elasticity, as well as force measurements on biomaterials and polymers.

Until now, purchasing a lower cost AFM meant sacrificing resolution, scan speed, or the availability of sophisticated imaging modes. With the advent of the Origin from Asylum Research, a limited budget does not translate into limited research.

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SRC Blog: Seeking Unparalleled Levels of Support

While we’re always looking to partner with new principals and suppliers who allow us to bring innovative and exclusive products to our customers, we’re particularly interested in working with principals and suppliers who go the extra mile for their customers.

Those that do, offer an unparalleled level of support to their customers – in other words, to you, our customers. This is a measure in the confidence they have in their products. And by partnering with them, we can solidly stand behind the state-of-the-art instruments we sell for use in today’s modern research facilities.

One of these principals is Asylum Research, the technology leader in atomic force and scanning probe microscopy (AFM/SPM) for both materials and bioscience applications. Atomic force microscopy is a technique for analyzing the surface of a rigid material all the way down to the atom level and scanning probe microscopy provides images of surfaces using a physical probe to scan specimens. Both forms of microscopy involve precise measurement and calculation and the absolute certainty that the instruments being used perform exactly as expected.

As such, Asylum Research offers a five-year warranty on every one of its instruments. This type of warranty commitment is unique in the industry. And this kind of commitment keeps us at SRC on the cutting edge of high resolution imaging technology, backed by a guarantee that if an innovative technology doesn’t work exactly as it should, it will be made right for you.