22 August / September 2016 Research in the Fast Lane

Shimadzu is calling young scientists from all over Europe to participate in the ‘lab4you’ student program in 2016. Up-and-coming talents can apply for laboratory bench space for their own research. The ‘lab4you’ program with its free lab space

was first launched in 2015. The quality of applications was so high that Shimadzu spontaneously provided lab space for two students rather than one. “In terms of metrology, the ‘lab4you’ student program has opened up new horizons for me. I was able to use instruments in Shimadzu’s Laboratory World that brought my research results to the next level,” said lab4you participant Carola Schultz after her time spent at Shimadzu.

Shimadzu’s cutting-edge ‘Laboratory World’ located in its European headquarters in Duisburg, Germany, offers everything that a researcher could wish for: the entire band- width of analytical instrumentation – from chromatography, photometry and spectrom etry up to materials testing machines. “State-of-the-art high-tech analytical instrumen- tation on over 1,500 m2

will greatly benefit young scientists

in their research” according to Björn-Thoralf Erxleben, Manager Marketing Europe, Analytical Business Unit. “For example chromatography and mass spectrometry with their significant progress in recent years have their own specific areas within the Laboratory World. Shimadzu plays a leading role in these technologies,” Erxleben continued.

In 2015, the jury awarded the sought-after laboratory spaces to two scientists, one from Germany and one from Poland: Carola Schultz, doctoral candidate at the MEET Battery Research Center (University of Muenster, Germany) investigating electrolytes of organic lithium ion batteries (LiB) using HPLC-MS/MS; Katarzyna Brama, doctoral candidate at the Technical University of Warsaw, Poland, investigating metal complexes and bioligands in tomato and garden cress extracts by means of HPLC with fluorescence detection.

The application procedure is straightforward. Interested students can apply in English language by submitting a short abstract of their research via by 31st October 2016. Laboratory space will be available for the duration of the research project. A prerequisite for participation in ‘lab4you’ is the completion of a scientific degree, an interesting topic of research and previous knowledge of the preferred analytical discipline. Master students, doctoral students and post-docs from all scientific disciplines in which instrumental analysis plays a role can apply. The winner will be selected by an internal jury and will subsequently be notified in writing.

Shimadzu offers a selection of advertising materials to interested universities that can be readily handed out to potential participants.

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Collaboration to Offer High Purity Chiral Reagents Announced

Chiral Technologies, Inc, part of Daicel Corporation, have announced they will begin selling Daicel’s chiral reagents in the US and Europe exclusively through Strem Chemicals, Inc.

Daicel Corporation will launch a series of chiral reagents that include chiral ligands, chiral auxiliaries, and chiral starting materials. Due to Daicel’s proprietary knowledge for chiral separation and analysis, these chiral reagents are guaranteed to be greater than or equal to 99% e.e.

“Chiral Technologies is proud to work with Strem Chemicals on this worldwide launch as they are the leader in sales and distribution of chiral reagents and chiral catalysts. Strem brings their world-class distribution system and knowledge of the chiral materials field to this collaboration,” stated Joseph Barendt, PhD, Chiral Technologies’ Chief Operating Officer.

Ephraim Honig, PhD, M.B.A., Chief Operating Officer of Strem Chemicals stated, “Partnering with Chiral Technologies allows us to offer an expanded range of high purity and high quality chiral products from a world leader which should help our customers solve their synthesis challenges more efficiently.

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Grace HPLC Brands Acquired by Hichrom - Original Grace Columns Still Available

Hichrom is pleased to announce that we have acquired the worldwide exclusive rights to manufacture and sell the Vydac, Alltima, Alltima HP, Prevail, Apollo, Allsep, Apex and Genesis analytical HPLC column ranges from Grace. All columns are manufactured to identical protocols and to the same exacting specifications previously used by Grace/Alltech. Part numbers also remain unaffected by this acquisition.

Based in the UK, Hichrom is a leading European manufacturer and distributor of UHPLC and HPLC columns, consumables and media, with manufacturing facilities accredited to both ISO9001 (Quality) and ISO14001 (Environmental) standards.

Hichrom has an unrivalled reputation for excellent technical support, outstanding quality, competitively priced products and fast delivery. We specialise in the development, manufacture and supply of a wide range of high quality HPLC and UHPLC columns for the complete range of applications from capillary, microbore, rapid analysis and LC-MS to preparative-scale dimensions. We also offer chromatography training, technical and applications support, a column screening and batch reservation service and a custom packing facility. Our products are available throughout the world via our international network of distributors.

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