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February 11, 2014





The 2014 FACSS-SciX Interview Series
Putting a Spectrometer on a Cell Phone
Will your next cell phone include a spectrometer? In this interview, Alexander Scheeline talks about what is involved in creating such a device, and his work toward that end. This interview is part of Spectroscopy's 2014 interview series with the winners of awards that are presented at the SciX conference. MORE »
Raise Your Expectations
Introducing the new Agilent 7900 ICP-MS. The world's bestselling 7700 quadrupole ICP-MS just got 10 times better.Read more.
Featured News
Raman Spectroscopy to be Used for European Mission to Mars
Madrid-based National Institute for Aerospace Technology, a public research organization specializing in aerospace research and technology development, will contribute to the ExoMars mission to Mars in 2018, with an instrument that uses Raman spectroscopy. The mission is led by the European Space Agency with contributions from Russia. Its objectives are detecting possible evidence of past or present life on Mars, and to garner insights into the history of water on the planet. MORE »
Change is in the Air
Agilent introduces the next generation 4200 MP-AES that runs on air. Lead the way with safe, cost effective elemental analysis suited to an even wider range of sample types and applications.Experience the most powerful ICP-MS ever.
Advancing the Use of NIR Spectroscopy in Combination with Clinical MRI
Engineers from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth (Hanover, New Hampshire) and radiologists are developing new approaches for an emerging technique in diagnostic imaging for breast cancer–MRI with near –infrared spectroscopy (IIRS) as reported in the February issue of the journal Academic Radiology. Combined MRI–NIRS may benefit women whose mammograms showed an abnormality and require further testing to rule out cancer. MORE »
Increase Accuracy of FT-IR Analysis
DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPER demonstrating the inconsistency in background levels of water and CO2 for an unpurged, sealed, and desiccated FT-IR spectrometer as compared to a sealed and desiccated FT-IR spectrometer with the sample compartment purged. The purge enhances instrument reliability by reducing the need for maintenance and increases the accuracy of analysis by eliminating inconsistencies in background levels of CO2 and water.
Eighth International Conference on LIBS to be held in Beijing, China
The Eighth International Conference on Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS 2014) will be held at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) from September 8-12, 2014. The conference is organized by the Chinese LIBS community, hosted by the Department of Thermal Engineering at Tsinghua University and supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. MORE »
Editors' Series: Understanding the Underlying Mechanisms of ICP-OES and ICP-MS
On Demand Webcast
Register here: www.spectroscopyonline.com/underlying
Featured Articles
Is There an App for That?
Highlights of apps for spectroscopy, from the editors. This month's featured app is the IR Spec Check, which allows chemists and students to quickly analyze absorbance peaks from an infrared spectroscopy graph. MORE »
Make the switch from Flame AAS to the Next Generation MP-AES Technology – Achieve safer, more cost effective elemental analysis for a wider range of applications
Live Webcast: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:00 am PST / 11:00 am EST/ 4:00 pm GMT/ 5:00 pm CET
Register here: www.spectroscopyonline.com/nextgeneration
Transformative Mass Spectrometry
Chronologies sequence significant developments in mass spectrometry (MS), although there is always some imprecision in determining the "proper" date for the conceptualization or adoption of an idea. Because hindsight offers a better focus, significant advances and the publications that describe them are sometimes more easily recognized years after they first appear. MORE »
Raise Your Expectations: Learn How the New Agilent 7900 ICP-MS Redefines ICP-MS Performance
Event Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:00pm UK / 11:00am EST / 8:00am PST
Register here: www.spectroscopyonline.com/performance
LIBS Basics, Part I: Measurement Physics and Implementation
Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is an emerging analytical method that has been the focus of substantial research over the last 25 years. The recent emergence of commercially available LIBS systems from major manufacturers is a sign that the technology is maturing. MORE »
Featured Products
New EDXRF for Elemental Analysis
Measure sodium (Na) through uranium (U) in solids, liquids, powders and alloys. New Rigaku NEX QC+ has SDD technology for unsurpassed elemental resolving power and superior light element performance.www.rigaku.com/products/xrf/nexqc-plus
Time to reduce tough samples fast!
The McCrone Micronising Mill solves problematic preparation of solid samples for XRD or XRF spectroscopic analysis.
The McCrone mill :
  • Minimises sample damage and contamination
  • Ensures narrow range, reproducible, particle size
  • Has a 30 minute timer
  • Offers a choice of grinding elements
  • Grinds wet or dry
  • Is suitable for Carbides, Nitrides, Borides, Cement, Clay, Shale, Mica etc
For further information, pleaseclick here
ChemReveal LIBS Desktop Elemental Analyzer
The ChemReveal LIBS Desktop Analyzer offers rapid elemental analysis of solid materials. Based on advanced Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, the ChemReveal system is designed to analyze light elements (H, He, Li, Be...Mg, Al, etc.) and heavy metals simultaneously to determine bulk and trace element compositions.www.tsi.com/Chemlogix
Teledyne Leeman Labs Newly Released Prodigy7 ICP-OES
Teledyne Leeman Lab's Prodigy7 combines the latest solid-state detector technology with an advanced high-dispersion Echellespectrometer. It delivers reliable performance at an affordable price, with superb resolution and detection limits.Learn more
WEBINAR: The Effects of Mercury in Our Environment
As a global pollutant, mercury and has an impact on rain, wind, soil and water bodies, ultimately impacting human health by the consumption of agriculture, including fish and poultry. Join Milestone on February 13th for an in-depth webinar review on the impact of mercury in the environment and tips and techniques for analyzing environmental samples on a direct mercury analyzer.Click here to register
New Webcast
Advancing Elemental Determinations in Food and Geological Samples with Next Generation MP-AES Technology
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
11:00 AM EST/ 4:00 PM GMT/ 5:00 PM CET
Reliable and robust, easy to use, and cost effective – these are the reasons that flame AA has remained as a technology of choice in these application areas. In recent years, the expansion in use of MP-AES as a replacement for flame AA highlights the evolving needs of the modern laboratory, with an even greater emphasis on cost effective elemental analysis, and the ability to measure lower levels of the target elements with less sample preparation and improved safety. Join us to hear Shane Elliott, Marketing Manager of Atomic Spectroscopy, discuss next-generation MP-AES technology and how to ensure your laboratory meets its financial and sample throughput requirements. Sign Up Now>>
Preparing your Laboratory for Advanced Environmental Analysis
Thursday, February 20, 2014
8:00 AM PST/ 11:00 AM EST/ 4:00 PM GMT
This webinar will provide you with key insights into advanced sample handling techniques that offer enhanced capabilities for the analysis of challenging samples and environmental compartments using ICP-MS. Our speakers will discuss implementation and performance of several progressive technologies to extend the capabilities of ICP-MS for environmental monitoring applications. Sign Up Now>>
Raise Your Expectations; Learn How the New Agilent 7900 ICP-MS Redefines ICP-MS Performance
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
11:00 AM EST/ 4:00 PM GMT/ 5:00 PM CET
Metals labs that use ICP-MS have always had to accept the limitations — limited tolerance to high dissolved solids, and a dynamic range that can't reach the major elements. No longer! With the new Agilent 7900 ICP-MS, very high total dissolved samples matrices (e.g., 25% NaCl brine) can be measured routinely, and major elements at % concentration levels can be quantified in the same run as ppt-level traces. Learn how Agilent redefines ICP-MS performance. Sign Up Now>>
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