MILFORD, Mass., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Waters Corporation (WAT:NYSE) announced today that its ACQUITY® QDa™ Detector was ranked among the top innovations of 2013 by The Analytical Scientist magazine. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110707/NE31586LOGO ) Introduced on October 7, 2013, the ACQUITY QDa Detector is a small, easy-to-use and affordable mass detector that brings high-quality mass spectral information to chromatographic separations. Mass spectral information greatly enhances chemical compound identification, something that is very important to laboratories doing method development, sample profiling, chemical synthesis and purification. The ACQUITY QDa Detector gives analytical chemists the freedom to get mass spectral information on their own, for all their samples - just like photodiode array data – at the push of a button. "On behalf of all Waters employees, I want to thank The Analytical Scientist magazine for recognizing the new ACQUITY QDa Detector with a 2013 Innovation of the Year Award," said Art Caputo, President, Waters Division. "The development of the ACQUITY QDa Detector is the realization of a vision that started 20 years ago when we foresaw a day when chromatography and mass spectrometry technologies could be blended together to give every analytical scientist access to mass spectral data regardless of their previous experience with mass spectrometry." According to the magazine's web site, TheAnalytical Scientist award winners "enhance sample preparation, separation, identification, quantification, analysis, or a combination of these, and will contribute to progress in basic science and analysis that helps make our world safer and our diagnosis of disease more effective." Winning products were nominated by readers of the magazine and selected by a panel of expert judges. For more information on the Waters ACQUITY QDa Detector and its applications for the pharmaceutical, chemical materials and food and beverage industries go to: www.waters.com/separate. About The Analytical ScientistThe ability to separate, identify and quantify the chemical components of materials— analytical chemistry—has an enormous impact on our lives; on the food we eat, our environment, energy supply, and the medicines we take. The Analytical Scientist integrates all aspects of the topic, from advances in science and technology to first-hand accounts from the labs that test athlete's samples; and from progress in business and policy to advice for career development and job satisfaction. The Analytical Scientist launched in January 2013. It encompasses a print magazine, a global website optimized for tablets and smart phones, and an iPad app. The Analytical Scientist can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. www.theanalyticalscientist.comAbout Waters Corporation (www.waters.com)Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) creates business advantages for laboratory-dependent organizations by delivering practical and sustainable innovation to enable significant advancements in such areas as healthcare delivery, environmental management, food safety, and water quality worldwide. Pioneering a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratory information management, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis, Waters' technology breakthroughs and laboratory solutions provide an enduring platform for customer success.