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Unlocking Material Characterization with Pyrolysis-GC-MS: Key Takeaways from Our Recent Webinar

In the world of material characterization and deformulation, staying ahead of the curve is essential for scientific professionals. That's why we recently co-hosted a webinar with Frontier Lab ( that delved deep into the world of " Thermal Desorption and Pyrolysis-GC-MS for Deformulation and Material Characterization." In this blog, we'll highlight three key takeaways from the webinar, providing you with insights into the revolutionary technology known as "py-GC-MS," or "pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.”

Mass Spectrometry Systems for Thermal Analysis and Pyrolysis-GC-MS

JEOL GC-MS systems that can be coupled to pyrolysis. GC-MS (Q1600), GC-MS/MS (TQ4000), and GC-TOF (GC-Alpha).
Figure 1. JEOL GC-MS systems that can be coupled to pyrolysis. GC-MS (Q1600), GC-MS/MS (TQ4000), and GC-TOF (GC-Alpha).
These mass spectrometers offer a diverse set of features and capabilities, making them adaptable to a wide array of applications. Whether you're looking for a cost-effective workhorse or a high-resolution instrument with accurate mass measurements, these systems cover it all. Their performance and versatility empower scientists in the field of material characterization and deformulation to perform quantitative and qualitative analyses.

The Micro-Furnace Py-GC-MS Configuration

In the world of analytical chemistry, precision and accuracy are paramount. The micro-furnace pyrolysis-GC-MS system configuration, as detailed in the webinar, sets a new standard for analytical accuracy. This system connects the Frontier Lab micro-furnace (Figure 2) directly to your GC injection port, ensuring there is no transfer line or cross-contamination. This allows the pyrolyzates to be directly deposited onto your GC column.
Frontier Lab Multi-Shot pyrolyzer (EGA / PY-3030D)
Figure 2. The Frontier Lab Multi-Shot pyrolyzer (EGA / PY-3030D).
The innovation of this system goes beyond just accuracy. It allows for the analysis of solid, semi-solid, and liquid samples without the need for solvent dissolution, simplifying and expediting the process. This is further enhanced through automation with the Auto-Shot Sampler, improving efficiency and making material analysis more accessible.

Data Analysis Software for Pyrolysis-GC-MS Applications

To make sense of the complex data generated by these analyses, the webinar also introduced Frontier Lab’s F-Search software, a mass spectral software engine that aids in identifying additives and polymers. This software offers four unique libraries for evolved gas analysis (EGA) MS, additive MS, pyrolyzate MS, and polymers, enabling users to create in-house data. It not only identifies compounds but also offers insight into the source of origin for pyrolyzates, greatly enhancing the power of material characterization.
Meanwhile, msFineAnalysis AI, available exclusively on JEOL’s AccuTOF GC-Alpha, excels in qualitative analysis, especially when dealing with unknown compounds. This software enables predictive structural analysis for substances not present in databases, making it invaluable for handling complete unknowns. By using both soft ionization and electron ionization data, the software correlates information to ensure comprehensive analysis.

Access the Recorded Pyrolysis-GC-MS Webinar

The “Thermal Desorption and Pyrolysis-GC-MS for Deformulation and Material Characterization" webinar provided comprehensive insight into this cutting-edge technology that is revolutionizing material characterization. The key takeaways are clear: Frontier Lab’s micro-furnace configuration paired with JEOL’s GC-MS systems offer unprecedented accuracy and flexibility in material analysis.
But don’t take our word for it, watch the full recorded webinar below:

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How metal 3D printing factors into aerospace design

How metal 3D printing factors into aerospace design

The aerospace industry, characterized by its relentless pursuit of innovation and efficiency, has embraced 3D metal printing as a transformative technology. This article delves into the technical aspects of how 3D metal printing is revolutionizing aerospace design.

Lightweight Structures and Fuel Efficiency

One of the biggest concerns in aeronautic design is weight. Every gram counts when calculating fuel consumption, range, and payload capacity. 3D metal printing, with its ability to produce intricate geometries, offers a solution to this challenge. By optimizing the design of components, such as using lattice structures, engineers can achieve significant weight reductions without compromising strength. This not only translates to reduced fuel consumption but also extends the operational range of aircraft.

Customization and Unique Component Production

Aircraft engineering often demands components that are tailored for specific applications. Traditional manufacturing methods can be restrictive, both in terms of design freedom and economic viability for low-volume production. 3D metal printing, however, excels in this domain. It allows for the rapid prototyping and production of bespoke parts, ensuring that the unique requirements of aerospace applications are met with precision.

Waste Minimization and Cost Efficiency

Traditional subtractive manufacturing methods, such as milling, generate significant waste. According to the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Program, aerospace manufacturing can manage as much as 73.7 million pounds of waste in a single year. Waste streams are complex and originate from many different sources. However, estimations suggest that 30—50% of materials in aircraft production are scrapped as a direct result of how they are manufactured.

In contrast, 3D metal printing is an additive process, building components layer by layer, using only the material necessary. This reduces waste and translates to cost savings, especially when using expensive aerospace-grade alloys. It also opens avenues for material recycling. Powders can be recovered from the bed and reused accordingly. Experts highlight the part and production flexibility of AM as major waste reduction aspects of the technology. Yet the benefits are truly myriad. 3D printers require less ancillary equipment which translates to tangible energy savings. This also reduces the geographical burden of needing to transport parts from complex facilities further afield. It can also reduce inventory waste by its inherent made-to-order approach.

Enhanced Performance through Advanced Materials

The aerospace sector demands materials that can withstand extreme conditions, from high temperatures to corrosive environments. 3D metal printing can be utilized to manufacture parts from a range of metal alloys, including titanium, aluminum, stainless steel, and cobalt-chromium, as well as superalloys which can be critical in jet engine components. These materials, known for their high strength-to-weight ratios and resistance to corrosion, are ideal for aerospace applications.  

Software Integration and Component Optimization

Modern aircraft design is increasingly turning to computational tools for in-depth simulation and analysis. One of the most transformative advancements in this realm is 3D metal printing. This technology not only integrates seamlessly with computational tools but also offers unique advantages specific to the 3D printing process. For instance, engineers can employ topology optimization, a technique that refines the material layout within a given design space, ensuring the component is as lightweight as possible while retaining its strength and functionality. Furthermore, 3D printing allows for the consolidation of multiple smaller components into a single, more efficient part. A notable example of this is the GE leap nozzle, where several parts were merged into one intricately designed component, resulting in significant weight and cost savings. Through such iterative design and simulation, aircraft components can be meticulously optimized for strength, durability, and efficiency.

Challenges and the Path Forward

While 3D metal printing offers numerous advantages, challenges remain. Certification and qualification of printed components are paramount in the aerospace industry, given the critical nature of many parts. Efforts are ongoing to standardize testing and validation procedures, ensuring that printed components meet the rigorous standards of aerospace applications.
At JEOL, we recognize the transformative potential of 3D metal printing in aerospace design. We are committed to pushing the boundaries of this technology, ensuring that the aerospace industry has the tools it needs to soar to new heights.

Our JAM-5200EBM is a cutting-edge electron beam powder bed fusion process used for metal additive manufacturing (AM) machine.

1. Efficiency and Clean Production: The JAM-5200EBM is designed to produce parts efficiently and cleanly, which is crucial for aerospace applications where precision and cleanliness are paramount.
2. Lightweight Components: The machine specializes in creating lighter manufactured parts by enabling engineers to design and 3D print parts that would be impossible to manufacture with traditional manufacturing methods. Given the aerospace industry's emphasis on weight reduction for fuel efficiency and performance, this capability is highly valuable.

Increased Output and Reduced Development Time: The JAM-5200EBM has a rapid and accurate electron beam that enables manufacturers to produce parts rapidly. Faster production times lead to shorter design cycles, which reduces the time needed for manufacturers to develop parts. Explore the vast possibilities of 3D metal printing in aerospace with the JAM-5200EBM.

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Can Metal 3D Printing Be Truly Sustainable?

Can Metal 3D Printing Be Truly Sustainable?

The manufacturing world is undergoing a paradigm shift with the advent of metal 3D printing. As industries strive to adopt sustainable manufacturing practices, the question arises: Can metal 3D printing align with these eco-friendly aspirations? The answer lies in understanding the intricacies of the process, its advantages, and innovative techniques like powder reclamation.

Metal 3D Printing: A Sustainable Revolution

Metal 3D printing offers many benefits that can make manufacturing more sustainable. The ability to fabricate complex geometries means that lightweight parts can be produced, reducing material consumption and waste. By eliminating certain prefabrication processes, such as molding, and post-fabrication stages, like machining, metal 3D printing can offer significant economic advantages. Fewer manufacturing steps translate to less material and energy consumption, further bolstering its eco-friendly credentials.

Moreover, the personalization capabilities of 3D printing technology can lead to reduced waste and heightened efficiency. By using only the required amount of feedstock, 3D printing embodies the potential of zero-waste sustainable design strategies. However, it is important not to overstate the technology's capacity for maximizing feedstock use. It would be untrue to suggest that contemporary additive manufacturing is a zero-waste solution.

Powder Reclamation: The Key to Sustainability

One of the most promising techniques in the realm of metal 3D printing sustainability is powder reclamation. In powder bed fusion, a significant amount of powder remains unused post-printing. Instead of discarding this excess, it can be collected and reused, minimizing material wastage.

However, the process isn't as simple as merely collecting and reusing. The quality of the reclaimed powder is paramount. Factors such as particle size distribution, chemical composition, and potential contamination are pivotal in determining its reusability. Proper monitoring and quality checks ensure the reclaimed powder meets the stringent specifications for subsequent 3D printing tasks.

Challenges and Considerations

While metal 3D printing holds immense potential for sustainable manufacturing, it's essential to view it holistically. Post-processing operations, are required to finalize the dimensions and properties of metal printed parts. The part's design, size, material, and the volume of parts produced are all variables that influence the sustainability quotient.

At Jeol, we believe in the transformative power of metal 3D printing. Its potential to revolutionize the manufacturing landscape while adhering to sustainable practices is undeniable. However, achieving true sustainability requires a comprehensive understanding of the entire process, from printing to post-processing. As we continue to innovate and refine our techniques, we invite the scientific community to explore our additive manufacturing solutions. Discover how we're shaping the future of sustainable manufacturing. Together, let's forge a greener future.

Empowering Research with the JEOL ROYALPROBE HFX

Unveiling the Future of NMR: Empowering Research with the JEOL ROYALPROBE HFX

The JEOL ROYALPROBE HFX represents the culmination of cutting-edge engineering and innovation, merging the capabilities of the ROYALPROBE and TFH probes to create a versatile and high-performance solution. This innovative merge empowers researchers with the flexibility to perform routine experiments seamlessly, including 1H{19F,X}, 19F{1H,X}, 13C{1H,19F}, and X{1H,19F} experiments.

To provide further insight into this technology, we’ve crafted the ROYALPROBE HFX Digital Guide. In addition to application notes and example data, with this guide you’ll discover:
  • Comprehend the Mechanics of ROYALPROBE HFX: The fusion of ROYAL and TFH probes gives birth to the ROYALPROBE HFX. Gain a deep insight into the intricacies of the ROYALPROBE HFX, including its integration of dual tune modes and AutoTune extension.
  • Recognize the Versatility of the Probe: Discover how the ROYALPROBE HFX's exceptional performance metrics and adaptability transcend traditional boundaries, enabling a wide range of multi-nuclei experiments.
  • Explore Real-world Applications: Witness the probe's capabilities in real-world scenarios, from spectral assignments to complex hybrid decoupling effects, and understand how it enhances research across various domains.
This technology is the result of innovative engineering that empowers researchers with the flexibility to perform routine experiments seamlessly, opening doors to a myriad of possibilities. Download the guide and explore a new realm of possibilities with the JEOL ROYALPROBE HFX:

Explore the Future of Petrochemical Analysis with Our Updated Brochure

Explore the Future of Petrochemical Analysis with Our Updated Brochure

In the realm of scientific inquiry, staying ahead of the curve is essential for breakthroughs. Our newly updated brochure, "JMS-T2000GC AccuTOF™ GC-Alpha Petroleum and Petrochemical Solutions," serves as your compass to navigate the intricate world of petrochemical analysis. Tailored for seasoned researchers and emerging scientists alike, this comprehensive resource delves into specific analytical techniques for applying mass spectrometry to petrochemical analysis.

Introduction to Petrochemical Exploration:

The brochure kicks off with an exploration of the world of petrochemical analysis, highlighting its importance in diverse industries. Whether you're seeking to understand hydrocarbon structures or decode complex mixtures, this section sets the stage for a profound learning journey.

The Power of Soft Ionization Techniques:

Delve into the heart of soft ionization techniques like Field Ionization (FI) and Field Desorption (FD). Discover how these techniques create minimal fragmentation, allowing scientists to generate molecular ions for comprehensive insights. This section unveils how these techniques revolutionize the study of hydrocarbon composition.

Mapping Complexities: Group-Type Analysis without GC Separation:

Uncover the ingenious technique that sidesteps the need for GC separation while providing in-depth group-type analysis. Dive into how the AccuTOF™ GC-Alpha's high mass resolution and soft ionization capabilities simplify the process, unveiling a wealth of insights without the complexities of chromatography.

One-Dimensional and Two-Dimensional GC Techniques:

Explore a spectrum of GC conditions, from ultra-high separation with long columns to fast separation with short ones. This section also introduces the revolutionary Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography (GCxGC) technique, showcasing its unparalleled capacity for detailed hydrocarbon analysis.

Mastering Complexities: Crude Oil Analysis:

Unravel the intricate world of crude oil analysis through various ionization methods. Discover how these methods allow scientists to extract comprehensive group-type information and unveil structural insights. This section guides you through the process of gaining multifaceted insights from this complex mixture.

Unlocking Insights: msRepeatFinder and msFineAnalysis AI:

Learn about the power of data visualization and automated peak detection with msRepeatFinder and msFineAnalysis AI. This section showcases how these tools amplify your ability to analyze highly complex hydrocarbon mixtures, offering deeper insights with ease.

Discover the Guide

In your pursuit of analytical excellence and uncharted knowledge, our brochure "JMS-T2000GC AccuTOF™ GC-Alpha Petroleum and Petrochemical Solutions" is your compass, guiding you through the complexities of petrochemical analysis.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Quantum Dots

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2023 for discovery and development of quantum dots

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2023 was just awarded to three renowned scientists for the development of quantum dots - nanoparticles so small that their properties are determined by quantum phenomena - or their size instead of the number of electrons in the element. Quantum dots are now used to illuminate televisions and computer screens, LED lamps, and help guide surgeons in removal of tumor tissue.
One of these scientists, Lou Brus, from Bell Laboratories, authored a 1984 paper* on the subject showing that quantum dots could be made with the desired size and structure. One of his collaborators was J. Murray Gibson, now Professor of Mechanical Engineering at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Professor Gibson shared with us that his role was “the high-resolution electron microscopy which verified the size, shape, crystallography and composition of the dots and so led to the conclusion about their important optical properties being due to quantum-confined bandgaps. It was clearly a significant milestone in the development of quantum dots and is referenced in the Nobel citation. The work was done on my JEOL JEM200CX at Bell Laboratories in 1983.”
* Size effects in the excited electronic states of small colloidal CdS crystallites; R. Rosetti, J.L. Ellison, J.M. Gibson, and L.E. Brus, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol.80, pp 4464-4469, 1984.

Explore the Future of Petrochemical Analysis with Our Updated Brochure

Explore the Future of Petrochemical Analysis with Our Updated Brochure

In the ever-evolving landscape of scientific discovery, staying at the forefront of analytical techniques is paramount. Our newly updated brochure, "JMS-T2000GC AccuTOF™ GC-Alpha Petroleum and Petrochemical Solutions," is your gateway to unlocking the future of petrochemical analysis using mass spectrometry. Designed to cater to both seasoned researchers and emerging scientists, this comprehensive resource introduces you to the groundbreaking capabilities of the JMS-T2000GC AccuTOF™ GC-Alpha for petroleum and energy scientists.
With its high-resolution, time-of-flight mass spectrometry technology, the JMS-T2000GC AccuTOF™ GC-Alpha brings precision to the forefront of petrochemical analysis. Hydrocarbon complexities offer richer data with soft ionization techniques like Field Ionization (FI) and Field Desorption (FD), generating molecular ions with minimal fragmentation. These techniques open avenues for comprehensive insights into hydrocarbon structure and composition.
What sets the AccuTOF™ GC-Alpha apart is its adaptability. From group-type analysis without GC separation to one-dimensional and two-dimensional GC techniques, this mass spectrometer caters to a spectrum of research needs. The revolutionary Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography (GCxGC) technique allows unprecedented separation, enabling detailed hydrocarbon analysis like never before.
In the realm of biomarker and molecular analysis, the AccuTOF™ GC-Alpha shines with its accuracy. It eliminates fragment ion interferences, enhancing the identification of biomarkers and complex components with precision. The brochure dives into the intricacies of crude oil analysis, offering insights into different mass spec ionization methods for comprehensive group-type analysis and structural insights.
The brochure also introduces msRepeatFinder and msFineAnalysis AI tools, showcasing the power of data visualization and automated deconvolution peak detection powered by artificial intelligence. From soft ionization mass spectra to one-dimensional GC-EI/FI analysis, the AccuTOF™ GC-Alpha empowers you to unravel complexities with confidence.

ACS Fall 2023 In Review

ACS Fall 2023 In Review

JEOL joined a host of scientists flocking to the Bay Area August 13 – 17, 2023 to attend ACS Fall 2023: Harnessing the Power of Data. Each year, the American Chemical Society hosts two major conferences for chemists around the country, as well as smaller regional events.
This year, ACS Fall attracted more than 15,000 attendees from more than 80 countries around the globe. Scientists from academic institutions, government agencies, and the manufacturing sector were represented largely by people traveling within the US but also from Korea, China, the UK, and Canada.
JEOL maintained a presence in booth 637 with representatives from our mass spectrometry and electron optics product groups.

Division of Analytical Chemistry Presentation:

To demonstrate the effectiveness of msFineAnalysis iQ, a sample mixture containing 256 pesticides was measured by GC-QMS.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of msFineAnalysis iQ, a sample mixture containing 256 pesticides was measured by GC-QMS. To test the peak deconvolution feature, a low-pressure GC column was used, which reduces GC time by using the vacuum of the MS and a large diameter GC column at a minor sacrifice to separation efficiency. For SI measurements, chemical ionization, photoionization, and low-energy EI were tested. Over 60% of the pesticides were identified correctly by matching library spectra, RI, isotope ratios, and molecular ions. Approximately 20 percent of the pesticides were observed but could not be identified automatically due to almost complete coelution. Twenty percent of the compounds were not observed, even though their presence was confirmed by TQ-MS.

Division of Energy and Fuels Presentation:

Then, on Monday afternoon, Principal Scientist Dr. Robert “Chip” Cody presented “Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography (GCxGC) Coupled with Soft Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry for Petroleum Type Analysis and biomarker identification.”
Although traditional electron ionization (EI) provides mass spectra that can be searched against databases, there are limitations. Molecular ions are not observed for many compounds. In addition, isotope peaks for fragment ions can interfere with the two-dimensional selected ion chromatograms for biomarker families such as hopanes and cholestanes. Soft ionization techniques, like FI, PI, and CI, however, can fill the gap.
GCxGC/FIMS Selected Ion Current Chromatogram for 20 Isomers of Cholestane in a Crude Oil
Through his research, Dr. Cody demonstrated the advantages of each of these ionization techniques using the AccuTOF™ GC-Alpha. Field ionization produces primarily molecular ions with little or no fragmentation. Photoionization produces molecular ions for most compound classes with some fragmentation that can aid in the identification of biomarker families and the structural analysis of branched hydrocarbons. Chemical ionization is more sensitive than either FI or PI, but molecular weight identification can be complicated by fragments and adducts. 
When analyzing energy and fuels, field ionization is particularly useful because it produces molecular ions with little or no fragmentation. This greatly simplifies the task of identifying compound classes in the GCxGC-MS chromatograms, and it eliminates artifacts in the chromatograms for petroleum biomarkers.

Stay Connected:

To continue the conversation with JEOL, you can explore our mass spectrometry solutions on our website, or contact your local sales representative.
We’ll be at ACS Spring 2024 “The Many Flavors of Chemistry” in New, Orleans, so stop by if you see us!

Unlock the Power of Multi Frequency Drive System (MFDS): Your Gateway to Advanced NMR Experiments

Unlock the Power of Multi Frequency Drive System (MFDS): Your Gateway to Advanced NMR Experiments

Are you ready to take your NMR experiments to new heights? Imagine performing multi-resonance measurements without the need for expensive equipment or complex setups. Introducing the Multi Frequency Drive System (MFDS) by JEOL – a groundbreaking innovation that will revolutionize your spectroscopy research.

What is MFDS?

The Multi Frequency Drive System (MFDS) is a cutting-edge technology integrated into JEOL's ECZL NMR console. With MFDS, you can unlock the potential of multi-nuclei experiments without the burden of costly channel expansions and installation space. Traditionally, performing triple-resonance measurements required irradiation of multiple nuclei with different frequencies, resulting in the need for additional oscillators and power amplifiers. But with MFDS, that's all in the past. You can now run multi-nuclei pulse trains on a single physical RF channel, simplifying your NMR configuration and making complex experiments more accessible than ever before.

What Will You Learn?

By downloading our MFDS Digital Guide, you'll gain valuable insights into the capabilities and applications of this groundbreaking technology. Here's a sneak peek of what awaits you:

1. Mastering Multi-Resonance Experiments

Discover the step-by-step process of performing multi-resonance experiments using MFDS. We'll walk you through the setup, configuration, and data acquisition, so you can start conducting advanced NMR experiments with confidence.

2. Cost-Effective Solutions

Find out how MFDS can save you time and money. With its ability to perform triple-resonance measurements on a two-channel spectrometer, you won't need to invest in costly expansions. Optimize your resources and achieve remarkable results without breaking the bank.

3. Expanding NMR Capabilities

Unlock a world of possibilities with MFDS. Perform experiments involving various nuclei, such as HFX, HCN, and HCX probes, on a standard two-channel spectrometer. Empower your lab to tackle diverse research projects with ease.

How to Download the MFDS Digital Guide?

Getting your hands on the MFDS Digital Guide is simple. Just click the download button below, and you'll gain immediate access to a wealth of knowledge that will propel your research forward.
Don't wait any longer - take your NMR experiments to new heights with the Multi Frequency Drive System. Download the MFDS Digital Guide now and embark on a journey of discovery and innovation. Experience the future of spectroscopy with JEOL's cutting-edge technology.

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