The accessory is designed to allow kinetic measurements nearly 1000 times faster than allowed by manual reagent mixing allowing lab researchers to measure reactions on a millisecond timescale giving access to previously hidden reaction mechanisms.
In physical chemistry, chemical kinetics or reaction kinetics study reaction rates in a chemical reaction. Analysing the influence of different reaction conditions on the reaction rate gives information about the reaction mechanism and the transition state of a chemical reaction.
Current techniques and regular cuvettes do not allow such preciseness, as the reactants physically cannot be mixed fast enough.
Thermo's Rapid Mixing accessory has recorded a dead time of 8ms meaning the combination of this with an acquisition rate of 50 points/sec ensures precise data collection.
In addition, electronic triggering identifies the start of a reaction enhancing the quality of the data and the accuracy of the rates measured.
The Rapid Mixing accessory includes an automated pneumatic drive mechanism, which provides an air-assisted, mechanical system to start the measurement, eliminating the possibilities of human error and allowing scientists to perform fast and precise mixing of reactants - critical when measuring high performance kinetics.
In addition, Thermo's accessory is equipped with a thermocouple to measure the temperature of liquid surrounding the reactants and benefits from a user-adjustable alarm.