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inXitu was a company based in Mountain View, California, which developed portable X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis instruments. The company name was a combination of the terms in situ and X-ray, portraying the company's dedication to developing X-ray instruments that could be easily transported to the original site of the material being analyzed.

IndustryX-ray instrumentation
FatePurchased by Olympus
Founded2007 (2007)
Defunct2012 (2012)
Key people
  • Bradley Boyer (President, CEO)
  • Philippe Sarrazin (CTO)
  • Carmen Cerrelli (CFO)
  • Robert J. Espinosa (Chairman)
ProductsXRD/XRF portable instruments

Company historyEdit

The basis for inXitu began in 2003 when Philippe Sarrazin worked with NASA to file a patent on techniques used to develop the CheMin instrument for the Mars Curiosity rover.[1] Sarrazin left NASA to form inXitu Research, which received two Small Business Innovation Research grants from Ames Research Center in 2004 to continue work on CheMin.[1] inXitu Research merged with Microwave Power Technology (MPT) in 2007 and incorporated as inXitu, Inc.[2] MPT's research and development in high vacuum systems was meshed with inXitu's experience with XRD equipment, and in early 2008 the company released Terra, a commercial field-portable XRD/XRF instrument.[2] Bradley Boyer joined the company as President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2008.[2][3] inXitu formed a partnership with Innov-X in December 2008, in which inXitu would manufacture XRD equipment for sale under the Innov-X brand name.[4]

Also in 2008, inXitu worked with the Getty Conservation Institute to develop X-Duetto, a portable and non-destructive XRD/XRF device used for the analysis of works of art.[5][6] It was commercially released as Duetto in mid 2009.[7][8] The company released the BTX instrument in mid 2009, which is a desktop XRD/XRF device developed from Terra;[6][9] the second generation BTX-II was released in early 2010.[10]

inXitu was purchased by Olympus in November 2011.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c "Mineral Analyzer Shakes Answers Out of Soil and Rocks". NASA Spinoff / Technology Transfer Program. NASA. 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "inXitu Story". Kromatek. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Bradley Boyer". Linkedin. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Innov-X Systems & InXitu announce strategic alliance" (Press release). Olympus. 18 December 2008.
  5. ^ Chiari, Giacomo; Sarrazin, Philippe (2008). Portable Non-invasive XRD/XRF Instrument: A New Way of Looking at Objects Surface (PDF). 9th International Conference on NDT of Art. 25–30 May 2008. Jerusalem, Israel.
  6. ^ a b Wilkinson, Matt (26 February 2010). "Beyond terra firma". Chemistry World. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  7. ^ "inXitu introduces Duetto, a non-invasive, portable, XRD/XRF instrument for art conservation analysis" (Press release). PRLog. 29 May 2009.
  8. ^ Sarrazin, P.; Chiari, G.; Gailhanou, M. (2008). A Portable Non-invasive XRD-XRF Instrument for the Study of Art Objects (PDF). 52nd Denver X-ray Conference. 4–8 August 2008. Denver, Colorado.
  9. ^ "inXitu Introduces "BTX" a New Concept in X-Ray Diffraction Analysis" (Press release). 15 May 2009.
  10. ^ "inXitu Introduces "BTX-II" the Next Generation in X-ray Diffraction Analysis" (Press release). 5 February 2010.