Did you know that FPInnovations acquired a CHNS/O elemental analyzer in 2019?
This acquisition was a gamer changer for its researchers, allowing them to complete more analyses in less time, and adapt their research to the results sooner.
The elemental analyzer features two independent analytical systems that allow researchers to switch the analysis from the CHNS (carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen sulphur) to the O (oxygen) channel or vice versa, increasing the analysis throughput. This eliminates the downtime and cost of switching between modes. A total organic carbon (TOC) analysis kit was also added to the instrument to expand its analytical capabilities.
Researchers use the instrument to look at the CHNS/O content in a wide range of sample materials, such as biomass, lignin and cellulose nanocrystals (CNC).
“Results used to take a few weeks or even a month to receive from outside service providers because turnover time is highly dependant on their backlog,” says Carole Fraschini, a bioproducts researcher at FPInnovations. “Our results are now available as soon as the analysis is complete, which is helping us make critical decisions promptly, such as redirecting our research and testing different formulations.”
The instrument spares FPInnovations the recurring expense of outsourcing elemental analyses and generates quicker results.
Potential external clients are inquiring about switching their elemental analysis needs to FPInnovations, which has already been working with a client for some time. Genest foresees a greater demand for elemental analyses in the next few years and the company is well placed to meet the demand.
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