Maxis II Q-TOF

Nov 16, 2014

Bruker this week introduced its Maxis II Q-TOF mass spec, which, the company said, is the new flagship in its TOF mass spec line.

The instrument offers 80,000 resolution at UPLC acquisition speeds as well as a high mass option for intact protein work such as biopharma characterization and electron transfer dissociation capability.

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