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April 8, 2014





Spectroscopy Spotlight
2014 Spectroscopy Salary Survey
Our annual salary survey took a look at the employment markets faced by spectroscopists in 2014, and the results were 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 »
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. See class leading performance for every challenge.
Featured News
New Speakers Added to RamanFest International Conference
RamanFest, an international event held by Horiba Scientific (Edison, NJ) in conjunction with Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) has added Professor Mildred Dresselhaus, of MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts) to its growing list of world-renowned speakers. 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
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Gerstel and Spark Holland Enter Agreement
Spark Holland B.V. (VE Emmen, Netherlands) and Gerstel GmbH & Co. KG (Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany) have entered into an agreement based on Spark’s patented dried blood spot (DBS) technology. The agreement includes the use of Spark’s FTD technology and the Spark DBS autosampler, allowing Gerstel to develop and market fully integrated automated DBS systems. MORE »
Raise Your Expectations: Learn How the New Agilent 7900 ICP-MS Redefines ICP-MS Performance
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Teledyne Acquires Photon Machines, Inc.
Teledyne Instruments (Thousand Oaks, California), a subsidiary of Technologies Inc. (City of Industries, California) has acquired Photon Machines, Inc. (PMI). Headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, PMI is a designer and manufacturer of laser-based sample introduction equipment for laboratory instrumentation. MORE »
Innovative Leaps in FTIR Technology – Introducing the Next Generation of Handheld FTIR for Non–Destructive Materials Analysis
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Featured Articles
App of the Month: LearnLight Spectrometry
LearnLight is designed to allow users to compare any of five included spectral images and plot their visible light intensity, transmittance, and absorbance. The app reportedly teaches users about visible light, spectrometry, spectroscopy, and spectrophotometry. MORE »
Innovative Leaps in FTIR Technology – Introducing the Next Generation of Handheld FTIR for Non–Destructive Materials Analysis
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On Demand Webcast
Register Free at: www.spectroscopyonline.com/Innovative_2
Application of Mass Spectrometry to Support Verification and Characterization of Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals
Liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (LC–MS), with accurate-mass capability, is a powerful tool for investigating counterfeit pharmaceuticals because it allows the rapid assignment of the molecular weight and formula of each component, which can then be used to search the literature or internet for a potential match. This approach is frequently successful because counterfeiters often formulate their products from commonly available, relatively simple materials, rather than novel products. MORE »
Upcoming changes and Implementation timelines to USP-NF general chapters <231>, <232>, and <233> on elemental impurities
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 8:00am PDT/ 10:00am CDT/ 11:00am EDT
Register Free at: www.spectroscopyonline.com/USP_Elemental_Impurities
A New Outlook on Soft Ionization for GC–MS
Despite the advantages of soft ionization ion-source technologies for improving confidence in the identification of a range of challenging analytes, soft ionization remains a niche technique for gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS). This article discusses the reasons for this limitation as well as new developments that make lower-energy electron ionization possible without the disadvantages that have historically been associated with it. MORE »
An Enhanced Immunoaffinity Enrichment Method for Mass Spectrometry–Based Translational Proteomics
The MS immunoassay–SRM method combines liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry (LC–MS–MS) for target identification, a microscale immunoaffinity capture method for enrichment, and subsequent SRM analysis. Using the MS immunoassay–SRM workflow, a standard high-throughput method for developing targeted biomarker identification of proteins in human plasma and serum for clinical research was developed. MORE »
Comparison of Edible Oils by GCxGC–TOF–MS and GC–High Resolution TOF-MS for Determination of Food Fraud: A "Foodomics" Approach
Here, a method to characterize edible oils and edible oil mixtures through fingerprinting and the isolation of individual analyte differences is reported. Aroma and flavor analytes in extra virgin olive, olive, peanut, grapeseed, and vegetable oils were sampled with headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS–SPME). The samples were analyzed with complementary gas chromatography (GC) systems; two-dimensional GC paired with time-of-flight mass spectro-metry (GCxGC–TOF–MS) and one-dimensional GC coupled to high resolution TOF-MS. MORE »
Featured Products
On-line EDXRF process analyzer
Featuring advanced 3rd generation energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) technology, the Rigaku NEX OL represents the next evolution of process elemental analysis for liquid stream and fixed position web or coil applications. www.rigaku.com/products/process/nexol
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
New NexION® 350 ICP-MS
PerkinElmer’s NexION® 350 ICP-MS maximizes laboratory efficiency through a combination of unparalleled stability and speed. Plus, its world-class data acquisition rates (100,000 data points/sec) deliver true single particle ICP-MS, for complete sample characterization.Read more
The Flexible Raman System
The flexibility and class-leading performance of Renishaw's inVia microRaman system holds a unique position in the marketplace. It's available in multiple configurations, and is upgradable with a wide range of accessories.View Details.
Which Mercury Analyzer is Right for your Lab?
Milestone’s DMA-80 offers a range of solutions for fast, accurate, cost-effective direct mercury analysis from sub-ppb levels to hundreds of ppm in solids, liquids and gases without sample prep.  Use this guide to select which mercury analyzer is right for your application and detection needs.www.milestonesci.com/dma-guide
New Webcasts
High Resolution MS Screening and Quantitation Method for Contaminants in Dietary Supplements
Tuesday, April 10, 2014
8:00 AM PDT/ 11:00 AM EDT/ 4:00 PM BST/ 5:00 PM CEST
The use of herbal dietary supplements has significantly increased in recent decades. One of the main factors leading to this trend is that consumers assume the use of herbal dietary supplements to be a safe and natural alternative to traditional medical treatments. The major safety and authenticity issues related to herbal dietary supplements include the accidental or intentional presence of natural compounds with toxic effects, the presence of synthetic pharmaceuticals added as adulterants, and potential interaction of some natural components with prescription drugs. Recently, a number of poisonings by plant toxins from herbal dietary supplements have been reported. Learn from the FDA’s Lukas Vaclavik about the analysis of pharmaceutical and plant toxin contaminants in herbal dietary supplements. Sign Up Now>>
Editors' Series: Upcoming Changes and Implementation Timelines to USP–NF General Chapters 231, 232, and 233 on Elemental Impurities
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
8:00 AM PDT/ 11:00 AM EDT
Heavy metals tests have been available in the USP–NF for many years. The screening tests in <231> are non-element-specific limit tests. Sample preparation and instrumental technology available today (e.g., closed-vessel microwave digestion followed by atomic absorption spectroscopy and inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy with various modes of detection) permit the quantification of a broad range of elements at low levels with excellent precision and accuracy. USP has updated its heavy metals testing to procedures that are element specific and performance based. General Chapters <232> Elemental Impurities—Limits and <233> Elemental Impurities—Procedures have been official since February 1, 2013, and will have a delayed implementation date of December 1, 2015. Sign Up Now>>
Use Infrared and Raman Microscopy to Quickly and Accurately Characterize Polymer-Based Materials
Thursday, May 1, 2014
8:00 AM PDT/ 10:00 AM CDT/ 11:00 AM EDT
Infrared and Raman spectroscopy are ideal tools for characterizing unknown materials. The high degree of specificity of spectroscopic analysis makes it ideal for reverse engineering, quality control, defect analysis, and other applications. Infrared and Raman microanalysis is conducted when samples or areas of interest are smaller than approximately the width of a single hair fiber. In this web seminar, the spectroscopic microanalysis of polymer-based products will be discussed with emphasis on what level of detection can be achieved as well as what is entailed in performing the analysis. Sign Up Now>>
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