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April 15, 2014





The 2014 FACSS-SciX Interview Series
Seeing Things That Have Never Been Observed Before: Pushing the Limits of Mass Spectrometry
David E. Clemmer, the Robert & Marjorie Mann Chair and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and the 2014 Anachem Award winner has done extensive research to develop and improve ion trapping techniques and ion mobility spectrometry–mass spectrometry (IMS–MS) instruments to analyze biomolecular mixtures and structures. Spectroscopy recently spoke with Clemmer about this work. 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.
Featured Articles
Advancements in Molecular Spectroscopy: Instrumentation and Applications
Recently, the field of molecular spectroscopy has expanded into new and exciting biological, medical, and sensing applications. This expansion resulted from both improvements in existing instrumentation and the development of new techniques in the fields of Raman, fluorescence, and infrared spectroscopy. Of particular interest, is how these techniques have moved beyond previous limitations, such as the diffraction limit of light or direct imaging through difficult media like plastic or bone. MORE »
Raise Your Expectations: Learn How the New Agilent 7900 ICP-MS Redefines ICP-MS Performance
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LIBS Basics, Part II: Hardware
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 of the maturing of the technology. This installment of LIBS Basics discusses the choices for LIBS hardware in detail, particularly lasers and spectrometers, and illustrates the trade-offs between cost, size, and performance. MORE »
RamanFest, an international event, is being held in Boston, Massachusetts, on Thursday, June 12th, and Friday, June 13th. The annual two-day conference is being held by HORIBA Scientific, in conjunction with Harvard University.
  • Discussions on the current state of advanced applied Raman spectroscopy.
  • Accompanying poster sessions showing the latest capabilities of Raman spectroscopy.
  • 16 world-renowned leaders from academia and industry.
For more information:www.ramanfest.org
Overview of High-Efficiency Transmission Gratings for Molecular Spectroscopy
This article provides a basic overview of the capabilities of transmission gratings optimized for molecular spectroscopy. These gratings offer near 100%, polarization-insensitive efficiency over a broad wavelength range and are ideal for applications such as Raman spectroscopy where the available light intensity from the sample is very low. 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_1
Simultaneous Measurement of Chlorophyll and Water Content in Navel Orange Leaves Based on Hyperspectral Imaging
Chlorophyll and leaf water content are important nutritional indicators of the Gannan navel orange tree. Hyperspectral imaging was used to simultaneously estimate chlorophyll and water content of Gannan navel orange leaves. MORE »
Innovative Leaps in FTIR Technology – Introducing the Next Generation of Handheld FTIR for Non–Destructive Materials Analysis
Live Webinar:
On Demand Webcast
Register Free at: www.spectroscopyonline.com/Innovative_2
Development of an Ultrasensitive LC–MS–MS Method for Determination of 5-Fluorouracil in Mouse Plasma
Here, we report a new solid-phase extraction (SPE) method for 5-FU analysis by LC–MS–MS. This process is the first report utilizing strong anion-exchange SPE cartridges to separate 5-FU from the matrix. MORE »
Featured Products
The Thermo ScientificÔ picoSpinÔ 45 NMR spectrometer is the first compact, bench-top NMR spectrometer to deliver robust and affordable performance without special facilities. Provides easy sampling and resolution of 100 parts per billion.www.thermoscientific.com/picoSpin
3D Confocal Raman Imaging
The unique optical design of the ultrasensitive and modular WITec alpha300 Raman microscope allows for diffraction-limited and ultrafast 3D Raman imaging to be performed with one and the same instrument configuration routinely and simultaneously.Learn more
New AvaSpec-HS2048XL at Analytica!
For high sensitivity applications where thermoelectric cooling is not an acceptable option, the AvaSpec-HS2048XL is an exceptional new instrument offering. Featuring Avantes’ HS optical bench which has superior throughput, and a back-thinned CCD detector with 2048 pixels measuring 14x500 microns. We are showing our latest innovations at booth A2.236! .Learn more
Micro X-ray fluorescence analyzer
The AtlasTM Micro-XRF spectrometer (µXRF) from IXRF Systems introduces a new world of x-ray mapping and automation. The AtlasTMboasts the largest chamber volume and SDD detection area (150mm2) as well as the smallest spot size (10µ) available on the market. Additionally, the AtlasTM is complimented by a comprehensive software suite including multi-point analysis, unattended automation, in-depth feature/image analysis, unprecedented mapping and reporting, and much more. Models may be operated under air or vacuum as well as Helium flush for liquids and light element analysis. IXRF Systems, Austin, TX;www.ixrfsystems.com/atlas
New spectrometer delivers exceptional stray light performance with high sensitivity
The Maya LSL spectrometer was designed for fast and accurate measurements. From quality control in LED sorting to process monitoring in digital displays and graphic arts, the Maya LSL delivers unrivaled precision and accuracy.www.oceanoptics.com/mayalsl
Mini Rugged NIR Spectrometer
StellarNet’s newest NIR spectrometer, the DWARF-Star, is small, robust, and equipped with high performance InGaAs detector array for the 900-1700nm wavelength range and achieves resolving resolutions to 1.25nm.Learn more
New Webcasts
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>>
Complete Inorganic Elemental Speciation Analysis Solutions for Food Safety
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
8:00 AM PDT/ 11:00 AM EDT/ 4:00 PM BST/ 5:00 PM CEST
The food safety industries have significantly increased their interest in understanding an element’s various chemical forms due to pending legislative pressures. This webcast will provide insight into the latest developments in speciation technology and offer proof data for a wide variety of applications, including arsenic species in apple juice and rice syrup and iodine species in milk. Sign Up Now>>
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