March 2, 2020 -- Waters has introduced three new analytical products that support the development of next-generation, high-performance materials at Pittcon 2020 in Chicago. They include the Discovery X3 differential scanning calorimeter, Discovery Hybrid rheometers, and the TAM IV Micro XL isothermal microcalorimeter.
The Discovery X3 calorimeter provides three times greater throughput than other standard differential scanning calorimeters. The data quality and sensitivity of the instrument allows researchers to compare various formulations or competitive materials side by side under the exact same test conditions, according to the company.
The new trio of Discovery hybrid rheometers are five times more sensitive than previous versions. Scientists can measure weaker intermolecular structures, lower viscosities, and obtain results on smaller volumes of low viscosity or weakly structured fluids than previously possible -- a critical consideration when working with scarce or novel materials, according to the vendor. The products also allow for unique dynamic mechanical analysis, including samples in dynamic tension, bending, or compression mode, which allows for dynamic characterization. Researchers can get both dynamic mechanical and rheological measurements from a single instrument.
The TAM IV Micro XL is a powerful isothermal microcalorimeter specifically designed to give researchers a better understanding of battery discharging and charging dynamics, including the precise mechanisms of "parasitic reactions" that shorten battery life. This submicrowatt calorimeter allows researchers to develop safer, more efficient batteries for medical devices, consumer electronics, automobiles, aircraft, and spacecraft, Waters said.