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2021/S 112-292835
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Aarhus Universitet


Stoe & Cie GmbH

STOE Single Crystal X-Ray Diffractometer

Aarhus Universitet

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1) Name and addresses
Official name: Aarhus Universitet
National registration number: 31119103
Postal address: Nordre Ringgade 1
Town: Aarhus C
NUTS code: DK Danmark
Postal code: 8000
Country: Denmark
Contact person: Kathrine Lynggaard
E-mail: kly@au.dk
Telephone: +45 93509037
Internet address(es):
Main address: https://www.au.dk/
I.4) Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5) Main activity

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement
II.1.1) Title:

STOE Single Crystal X-Ray Diffractometer

Reference number: 2021-0249158
II.1.2) Main CPV code
38000000 Laboratory, optical and precision equipments (excl. glasses)
II.1.3) Type of contract
II.1.4) Short description:

Aarhus University intends to buy a STOE Single Crystal X-Ray Diffractometer (SCXRD) for advanced research purposes. The SCXRD instrument will be employed to measure extremely accurate single crystal X-ray diffraction data, up to the highest attainable resolutions. It is of particular importance that the instrument can accommodate various special sample environments while still delivering the highest quality data currently attainable.

II.1.6) Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 495 000.00 EUR
II.2) Description
II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
33000000 Medical equipments, pharmaceuticals and personal care products
II.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS code: DK Danmark
NUTS code: DK04 Midtjylland
II.2.4) Description of the procurement:

The Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University is an internationally recognized leader in advanced high-resolution X-ray diffraction data collection and analysis. Much of the research has relied on work performed at large synchrotron facilities in order to obtain the best possible data. At these facilities we have focused on both high resolution crystallography for electron densities, development of special sample environments for in-situ or operando characterization, and development of new data collection and data treatment strategies. As part of an ongoing effort to extend this work to also include lab based instrumentation, we intend to purchase a single crystal diffractometer specifically optimized to accommodate and develop special sample environments and perform measurements in high temperature gas flows. The diffractometer will be used for collecting data on both single crystals, polycrystalline materials, and mixtures of different chemicals under various experimental conditions.

The instrument must include a high-intensity X-ray source, high quality X-ray optics, a range of sample environments and holder, and an extremely high quality detector. The X-ray source must be able to deliver high flux for both long wavelength (Cu Kα) and short wavelength (Mo Kα) to accommodate samples with various unit cell sizes and various elemental composition, i.e. both light and heavy elements. Even with a bright and tunable source, the diffracted signals may be weak or contain a mixture of weak and strong signals. To obtain high quality data, we thus require a detector capable of reliably measuring even very weak signals. To also reduce errors from scaling frames and reduce measurement time for time-resolved experiments, we require a detector with high dynamic range to accurately measure both weak and strong signals in a single image. Lastly, to benchmark and further develop our own data treatment strategies, we require the detector to be noise free to minimize the background signal and to accurately follow normal counting statistics to enable accurate and trustworthy treatment of errors in our own data treatment routines. These requirements are only fulfilled by direct photon counting pixel detectors that do not use a phosphor to convert X-rays to visible light.

The required sample environments are normal single crystal goniometer heads, high temperature inert gas stream up to 800 oC, cold inert gas stream down to 80 K, and an XYZ-stage capable of supporting a load of 750 g. The goniometer head will be used for mounting single crystals or small sample containers and similar, and must be compatible with both the hot and cold gas streams. This will be used for high resolution studies of phase transitions, crystallization mechanisms, reactions and similar temperature dependent effects. Of particular importance are high resolution studies of order-disorder transitions and high temperature alloys at high temperature without the need and associated uncertainties with quenching the high temperature phase. The XYZ stage will be used for mounting sample environments such as solid heaters, gas delivery systems, pressure vessels etc. We have developed several such devices for use at synchrotrons, and they weigh from a few hundred grams to several kilograms for the largest devices. To be able to compare lab-based diffraction results to those from synchrotrons, we must be able to mount these devices with minimal modification, and always maintain the parts immediately surrounding the sample intact. We thus require an XYZ stage capable of supporting at least 750 g.

II.2.5) Award criteria
II.2.11) Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14) Additional information

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description
IV.1.1) Type of procedure
Negotiated procedure without prior publication
  • The works, supplies or services can be provided only by a particular economic operator for the following reason:
    • absence of competition for technical reasons

After an exhaustive market analysis we conclude that only one manufacturer can deliver the combination of the essential high-intensity sources, direct photon counting pixel detectors, hot and cold gas streams, and an XYZ stage capable of supporting heavy sample environments. The only system capable of this can be obtained from STOE.

IV.1.3) Information about framework agreement
IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2) Administrative information

Section V: Award of contract/concession

V.2) Award of contract/concession
V.2.1) Date of contract award decision:
V.2.2) Information about tenders
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor/concessionaire
Official name: Stoe & Cie GmbH
Town: Darmstadt
NUTS code: DE Deutschland
Country: Germany
The contractor/concessionaire will be an SME: no
V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot/concession (excluding VAT)
Total value of the contract/lot/concession: 445 000.00 EUR
V.2.5) Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3) Additional information:
VI.4) Procedures for review
VI.4.1) Review body
Official name: Klagenævnet for udbud
Postal address: Toldboden 2
Town: Viborg
Postal code: 8800
Country: Denmark
E-mail: klfu@naevneneshus.dk
Telephone: +45 72405708
Internet address: https://erhvervsstyrelsen.dk/klagenaevnet-for-udbud
VI.4.3) Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Please contact Aarhus University, if you have a comment about this notice — udbud@au.dk

Following the notification, a standstill period of 10 calendar days will be held in accordance to paragraph 3 of Act No 593 of 2 June 2016 on the Danish Act on the Complaints Board for public Procurement. This implies that the Contracting Authority cannot sign the Contract with the winning Tenderer before the standstill period has expired.

In case of complaints about tenders or decisions, e.g. award of contracts covered by Section II or III in the Danish Public Procurement Act must be submitted to the Complaints Board for Public Procurement (Klagenævnet for Udbud) within 45 calendar days from the day after the contractor published a notice in the Official Journal on the conclusion of a contract. At the latest concurrently with submission of an appeal to the Complaints Board for Public Procurement, the complainant must inform the Contracting Authority of the alleged infringement, and whether the appeal is to be referred to the board.

VI.4.4) Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
Official name: Konkurrence- og Forbrugerstyrelsen
Postal address: Carl Jacobsens Vej 35
Town: Valby
Postal code: 2500
Country: Denmark
E-mail: kfst@kfst.dk
Telephone: +45 41715000
Internet address: www.kfst.dk
VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice:

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