Miniature benchtop XRD/XRF instrument

Fenix is a miniature benchtop X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) instrument for fast and easy characterization of powdered samples. The technology at the base of Fenix derives from CheMin, the XRD/XRF instrument deployed on Mars in the NASA Curiosity rover. Fenix brings unprecedented miniaturization and ruggedness to the analytical instrument market.

For routine analyses, Fenix offers unique advantages over conventional XRD instruments:

  • compactness
  • ease of transport
  • low power
  • user friendliness

Fenix is equally at home in a conventional laboratory, an integrated mobile laboratory, or in the field.

Key features


Fenix uses technology deployed on Mars in the NASA Curiosity rover and showcases improvements developed for future space flight missions.


At only 45 cm deep x 18 cm wide, and 10 kg, Fenix is the smallest benchtop XRD instrument... in the universe!

x-ray SOURCE

A robust ceramic/metal X-ray tube is powered by an internal HVPS and new proprietary control electronics.


A state-of-the-art deep-cooling sealed vacuum X-ray CCD detector improves speed and energy resolution while reducing power.


Fenix can be provided with a sample spinner or a sample vibrator demonstrated for over a decade on Mars and the Earth.


Fenix is very simple to use thanks to its easy sample preparation and loading, and its minimalist hardware interface.

intuitive software

Fenix new software offers advanced controls and data processing with an intuitive, dynamic and user-friendly graphic interface.

Low power

Requiring a mere 45W in operation, Fenix can run all day using the optional battery power station.


Starting Summer of 2023.