HORIBA Scientific Launches a New Enhanced Version of Raman ParticleFinder™ Software

20 December 2016

HORIBA Scientific, global leader in Raman spectroscopy for over 50 years, is proud to announce the launch of their new enhanced ParticleFinderTM module for the LabSpec 6 Spectroscopy Suite. This new version was developed as part of collaborations with R.J. Lee (Monroeville, PA) to support their research on particle and trace compound analysis and with the TZW: Technologiezentrum Wasser (Karlsruhe, Germany) to support their research on microplastics in water.

In combination with the full range of HORIBA Raman microscopes, this new version of ParticleFinderTM brings a new level of automation and ease of use for particle analysts who require the unique chemical characterization tools that Raman can offer. It is ideally suited for locating and identifying any particulate matter where automated molecular analysis is key, including pharmaceutical materials, trace forensic evidence, geological rock/mineral particles, and contaminants trapped on filters. The improved simple work-flow inspired interface for the ParticleFinderTM module leads the analysts through the process of locating particles, generating size/shape statistics, selecting candidate particles based on size/shape parameters, and finally acquiring Raman spectra.

Among the enhanced functionalities, the particle classification brings now the full capabilities of the LabSpec 6 Spectroscopy Suite to your particle analysis. The use of LabSpec’s univariate and multivariate features as well as KnowItAll® database allows users to easily classify each particle according to its spectral fingerprint. The chemical ID of your particles is easily visualized in the processed image with a color code versus the Raman ID. Raman acquisition on a targeted particle now offers 3 types of spectra including single spectrum at the center of the particle, average spectrum and full mapping enhancing the flexibility of your particle analysis.

ParticleFinderTM offers a user-friendly tool for automated location, size and shape characterization, and Raman analysis of thousands of particles of micrometer-size in seconds. Key functionalities within this optional module include automated particle location and analysis in seconds, easy particle selection according to the statistical results, compositional analysis with unprecedented Raman accuracy, and customizable report displaying location, size, shape and Raman spectral fingerprint.

“We wanted ParticleFinderTM to have the full characterization of our particle, from a morphological side but also from a chemical side”, said Dr. Florian R. Storck, TZW: Technologiezentrum Wasser and active member of the Global Water Research Coalition (GWRC), and comments, “This new version of ParticleFinderTM really offers a huge improvement over the previous version and helps us making our research easier”. Jason S. Lupoi, Ph. D, Consulting Scientist/Analytical Chemist, R.J. Lee Group, comments “R.J. Lee Group has been collaborating with HORIBA on ParticleFinderTM, and as a new user at R.J. Lee Group and ParticleFinderTM, I've been highly impressed at the elegant functionality that's been enabling us to statistically characterize the conformation of particles down to just a few microns, plus simultaneously obtain chemical content and structure from the Raman data."

Accurate, flexible and quick particle analysis is performed with ParticleFinderTM to provide deeper insights in drug formulations for size and shape of active and excipients and polymorphism studies, chemical composition of mineral samples, chemical ID of a foreign contaminant, micro-plastics in water, trace evidence and more.

LabSpec 6 and the new ParticleFinderTM module are currently available. Contact your local HORIBA Scientific office for further information, upgrade details and demonstrations.

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