The Bruker AXS Smart Breeze X-ray crystallography system is an instrument that lives up to its name, says Bruker spokesperson Susan Byram. "This system is such a breeze that you don't have to be an expert to use it."

Bruker's new AutoStructure software puts a user-friendly interface on the standard SHELXTL crystallography software platform. The program automatically attempts to identify a crystal's chemical structure, comparing the identification against standards set by the International Union of Crystallography before delivering a verdict. In tests, the system identified uncomplicated structures (i.e., crystals that were neither cracked, split, nor otherwise unusually structurally complex) in minutes with a cumulative accuracy rate greater than 80%.

To bring crystallography to the masses, Bruker AXS, based in Madison, Wisc., has priced the Smart Breeze at less than $200,000, about one-third less expensive than the more sophisticated Bruker Kappa Apex II. That reduced price reflects a lower-end...

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