Rigaku Introduces the World's First Benchtop Small Molecule Crystallography System: SCXmini™

Rigaku Introduces the World's First Benchtop Small Molecule Crystallography System: SCXmini™

The Woodlands, TX — August 24, 2005. Rigaku today announced the introduction of the world's first benchtop small molecule crystallography diffraction system, the SCXmini, at the 20th Congress of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr 2005) in Florence, Italy. The SCXmini represents a new paradigm in small molecule crystallography: affordable, reliable, easy-to-use, low cost-of-ownership access for routine automated structure determination. Specifically engineered by the world's leading analytical X-ray instrumentation vendor to provide colleges, universities, and industry with access to definitive molecular structure determination, the SCXmini system allows single crystal diffraction to become a routine laboratory method and teaching tool in the same way that NMR and FT-IR did more than a decade ago.

In addition to routine structure determination by non-crystallographers in industry, the SCXmini was developed to address two clear-cut needs within the higher education environment. First was to offer an affordable, low maintenance, low cost-of-ownership crystallography system for teaching. The SCXmini was designed for undergraduate labs at major universities as well as for science departments at predominantly undergraduate institutions. Second, was the need within research departments to expand X-ray structure determination capability beyond the realm of professional crystallographers. Inorganic and organometallic graduate students as well as postdocs can now obtain definitive structures on an instrument that they can easily operate themselves.

This newest member of Rigaku's small molecule line of integrated solutions was designed to offer outstanding performance, in a small package and at a fraction of the price and cost-of-ownership of a conventional single crystal X-ray diffraction system. It features the combination of the new advanced Mercury 2 CCD detector with a simplified goniometer, a sealed-tube X-ray source, and automated software to makes the SCXmini perfect for either routine structure determination by non-crystallographer researchers or as a teaching tool.

Rigaku—Leading With Innovation

Since its inception in Japan in 1951, Rigaku has been at the forefront of analytical and industrial instrumentation technology. Rigaku and its subsidiaries form a global group focused on life sciences and general purpose analytical instrumentation. With hundreds of major innovations to their credit, Rigaku companies are world leaders in the fields of small molecule and protein crystallography, X-ray spectrometry and diffraction, X-ray optics, as well as semiconductor metrology. Rigaku employs over 1,100 people in the manufacture and support of its analytical equipment. Its products are in use in more than 70 countries—supporting research, development, and quality assurance activities. Throughout the world, Rigaku continuously promotes partnerships, dialog, and innovation within the global scientific and industrial community.

For further information, contact:

Joseph D. Ferrara, Ph.D.
VP Product Marketing and CSO
Rigaku Americas Corporation
Tel: (281) 362-2300
eMail: Joseph D. Ferrara