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March 18, 2014





The 2014 FACSS-SciX Interview Series
Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy: Fundamental Research and Practical Applications
Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) enhances the Raman signal using molecules adsorbed on rough metal surfaces. This interview with 2014 Charles Mann Award winner Richard P. Van Duyne of Northwestern University discusses his group's work with tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, single-molecule SERS, a SERS system for glucose analysis, and SERS as a method for analyzing colorants in artworks. MORE »
New Powerful Analysis Technology in Your Hands
The new Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR Spectrometer leads the next generation of FTIR technology for non-destructive materials analysis both in lab and out in the field. With an ergonomic design, interchangeable sampling interfaces and intuitive software, the 4300 FTIR allows for immediate, high-quality results for materials analyses anywhere.
Detecting Leaks from Carbon Sequestration Using LIBS and Raman Spectroscopy
Dustin McIntyre, of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, US Department of Energy in Morgantown, West Virginia, has been exploring the use of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) to measure subsurface gases, liquids, and solids at subsurface conditions. He recently shared with Spectroscopy a look at some of the work he’s been doing and his thoughts on ways in which his technique can be used. MORE »
HORIBA Scientific's Innovative Software Automates Particle Location and Chemical Characterization, and brings a new level of automation and ease of use for particle analysts
  • Locate particles, generate size/shape statistics, select particles based on size/shape parameters, and acquire Raman spectra for fast chemical identification.
  • Enhances the full analytical capabilities of HORIBA's Raman systems and LabSpec 6 software
  • Supports drug product formulation and analytic, bioanalytic, physical characterization and troubleshooting services
Featured News
B&W Tek in Distribution Agreement with VWR International, LLC
In a distribution agreement between B&W Tek, Inc. (Newark, Delaware), and VWR International, LLC (Radnor, Pennsylvania), B&W Tek’s Raman products will be promoted and sold in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. MORE »
The 2014 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting & Exhibit features many new and emerging areas of materials research as well as an exciting mix of well-established and popular topics. With a record-breaking 57 technical symposia, more than 5600 oral and poster presentations, over 145 international exhibitors, and many special events, the 2014 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit offers attendees a wide-range of knowledge-building opportunities.
Visit www.mrs.org/spring2014 to register.
Featured Articles
APP OF THE MONTH: X-ray Transitions Energies Mobile App
With a reverse look-up function, this app is designed to allow the user to specify a transition energy value in keV and will automatically determine and display the elements and ‘lines’ closest to this value. It reportedly allows the user to select an element and displays the X-ray transition energies for this element. MORE »
Editors’ Series: Understanding the Underlying Mechanisms of ICP-OES and ICP-MS
Live Webinar:
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Practical Group Theory and Raman Spectroscopy, Part II: Application of Polarization
Polarized Raman spectra are presented along with a discussion of the association of the symmetry species of the normal vibrational mode and the depolarization ratio of Raman scattering. We discuss those aspects of molecular symmetry and Raman polarization rules that can be applied with normal Raman instrumentation. 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
On Demand Webcast
Register Free at: www.spectroscopyonline.com/nextgeneration
Sulfur Determination in Fuels by ICP-OES and ICP-MS to Meet Increasingly Stricter Legislation Requirements
A critical review of the main developments in instrument technology, calibration, and sample preparation that have made it possible to determine low sulfur concentrations in fuels followed by a discussion of strategies to minimize spectral interferences related to sulfur determination by ICP-MS, such as collision–reaction cells, high-resolution mass analyzers, and the interference standard method. MORE »
Raise Your Expectations: Learn How the New Agilent 7900 ICP-MS Redefines ICP-MS Performance
On Demand Webcast
Register Free at: www.spectroscopyonline.com/performance
2014 Spectroscopy Salary Survey: Change is Afoot
Our annual salary survey takes a look at the employment markets faced by spectroscopists in 2014. The results are surprising. The average salary has decreased for the first time since 2008, with government and nationally funded laboratory employees experiencing the biggest drop in average salary. MORE »

Innovative Leaps in FTIR Technology – Introducing the Next Generation of Handheld FTIR for Non-Destructive Materials Analysis
Live Webinar:
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 9 am EDT/ 1 pm GMT/ 2 pm CET
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X-ray Diffraction and Fluorescence Spectroscopy Analysis of Sm3+ in Lithium Calcium Silicate
In this peer-reviewed article, Li2CaSiO4:Sm3+ reddish orange phosphors were synthesized by a solid-state reaction method and examined by spectroscopic methods. MORE »

Innovative Leaps in FTIR Technology – Introducing the Next Generation of Handheld FTIR for Non-Destructive Materials Analysis
Live Webinar:
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11 am PDT/ 1 pm CDT/ 2 pm EDT
Register Free at:www.spectroscopyonline.com/Innovative_2

Emerging Technology Trends in Atomic Spectroscopy Are Solving Real–World Application Problems
This article looks at recent developments in inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometry (ICP–MS), microwave-induced plasma–optical emission spectrometry (MIP-OES), X-ray spectroscopy, and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) by exemplifying the diverse range of sample types they are analyzing and the unique application problems they are being asked to solve. MORE »
Featured Products
PHOENIX II Benchtop Analyzer
Polarized ED-XRF is ideal for elemental analysis of liquids, solids, pastes, slurries and powders for measuring Al through U qualitatively and quantitatively. Unit is compact, low cost, simple to operate.www.ametekpi.com
Quickly create information-rich chemical images without expertise or a deep learning curve with the new Thermo Scientific™ DXR™xi Raman imaging microscope. The microscopy-first design uses image-centric operation and built-in spectroscopic profiling.Read more
Z What You're Missing!
LIBZ is an optical technique, not x-ray.  The measured light is in the UV, visible and NIR spectral region.  Therefore many more elements can be analyzed compared to portable XRF.  Elements hydrogen (H) to sodium (Na) may be measured by the Z, but cannot be measured by portable XRF.Read more
Quest ATR Accessory
The Quest ATR Accessory is a performance single-reflection ATR accessory from Specac designed for laboratory spectroscopic sample analysis in the mid- and far-infrared. With innovative optical design and durable monolithic diamond ATR crystal option, this sets the benchmark in performance and value for ATR spectroscopy.Read more
QE Pro Spectrometer -- High-sensitivity spectrometer for low light applications
The QE Pro is a high-sensitivity spectrometer with outstanding quantum efficiency and extremely low noise operation for low light applications such as fluorescence measurement and Raman analysis. Onboard buffering functions in QE Pro help to avoid the loss of spectra. This feature is especially useful for kinetics measurements and applications with short integration times.www.oceanoptics.com/qepro
Mobile X-ray fluorescence analyzer
The CompassTM energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer from IXRF Systems offers lab quality analysis in the field. Models may be equipped with a 12 position sample wheel for processing multiple samples, automated and unattended.  The CompassTM  may also utilize a 7-element secondary target system for superior background reduction and premium ppm-level detection.  Additional options include air or vacuum and Helium flush for liquids and light element analysis as well as multiple excitation spot sizes using a 60kV, 12W x-ray tube.  Units also include sample storage, battery and 12V power, as well as Windows 8 tablet operation with GPS capability. IXRF Systems, Austin, TX:www.ixrfsystems.com
New Webcasts
Innovative Leaps in FTIR Technology – Introducing the Next Generation of Handheld FTIR for Non-Destructive Materials Analysis
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
9:00 AM EDT / 1PM GMT/ 2PM CET
Introducing the next generation of Handheld FTIR. This innovative design provides users with a much more reliable and easier to use platform for their on the go FTIR analysis. Sign Up Now>>
Editors’ Series: Prospects and Pitfalls in Metabolomics: From Study Designs to Interpreting Data in Biomedical Applications
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
11:00 AM EST
In this web seminar, Professor Oliver Fiehn of UC Davis will explain the importance of different steps in the metabolomic workflow and how to avoid the most dramatic pitfalls along the way — from defining a suitable hypothesis to choosing the most suitable analytical platforms, to interpreting the data — and all the steps in between. Sign Up Now>>
Innovative Leaps in FTIR Technology – Introducing the Next Generation of Handheld FTIR for Non-Destructive Materials Analysis
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
11:00 AM PDT/ 12:00 PM CDT/ 2:00 PM EDT
Introducing the next generation of Handheld FTIR. This innovative design provides users with a much more reliable and easier to use platform for their on the go FTIR analysis. Sign Up Now>>
Increasing Laboratory Efficiency through a Harmonized Compliance Solution
Tuesday, March 27, 2014
8:00 AM PDT/ 11:00 AM EDT/ 3:00 Pm GMT/ 4:00 PM CET
The risks and costs of managing an analytical laboratory in a regulated industry are numerous. Join this webcast to learn best practices to remain in compliance and continuously increase your laboratory productivity. Sign Up Now>>
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