The February 2019 Edition of The Bridge, the Materials Science Newsletter from Rigaku, Is Online

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Issue 68 of The Bridge newsletter from Rigaku focuses on materials science and is now available from the company’s website

The latest edition of The Bridge, the materials science newsletter from Rigaku Corporation featuring current news and analysis techniques related to X-ray based materials science, is online.

The latest edition of The Bridge, the materials science newsletter from Rigaku Corporation featuring current news and analysis techniques related to X-ray based materials science, is online. The February 2019 issue, available on the company’s global website, includes articles, scientific papers and news reports.

The featured article this month covers the development of innovative organic semiconductors driven by state-of-art analytical instruments. Organic electronics based on organic semiconductors as an active layer have been extensively researched for next-generation electronic devices with the goal of further development for more practical applications.

Application reports for X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) and wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WDXRF) are also featured. This month’s featured XRD technical note discusses high-throughput processing of 2D XRD images in the direct observation of melting and crystallization of fresh cream.

The WDXRF application note shows analysis by SQX, a semi-quantitative analysis program, of trace amounts of titanium and vanadium in a polymer using the "fixed angle measurement" function. An EDXRF application is also presented, demonstrating the measurement of manganese in gasoline and aviation fuel without the need to use an internal standard.

The book review for the month features Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count? by Douglas W. Jones and Barbara Simons. The book examines the popular vote tradition in American electoral history and the automation of the voting process, making certain repeating patterns of election controversy clear.

A collection of the latest news stories from around the world covering materials analysis is also presented, including a report about the adaptation by Japanese physicists of sensitive muon detectors designed for particle physics experiments to monitor the inside of active volcanoes in a technique known as muon transmission imaging or muography.

Another story reveals the discovery by a research group in Japan of a method for developing stronger, longer-lasting materials using a strategy inspired by the process responsible for muscle growth.

“Recent Scientific Papers of Interest” - a monthly compilation of material analysis papers appearing in recently released journals and publications - features 24 recently published papers on research relating to materials science.

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About Rigaku

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 general-purpose analytical instrumentation and the life sciences. With hundreds of major innovations to their credit, Rigaku companies are world leaders in X-ray spectrometry, diffraction, and optics, as well as small molecule and protein crystallography and semiconductor metrology. Today, Rigaku employs over 1,400 people in the manufacturing and support of its analytical equipment, which is used in more than 90 countries around the world supporting research, development, and quality assurance activities. Throughout the world, Rigaku continuously promotes partnerships, dialog, and innovation within the global scientific and industrial communities.

For further information, contact:

Michael Nelson
Global Marketing Coordinator
Rigaku Corporation

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