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February 11, 2011

Spectroscopy Spotlight
X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry: Ready for the Classroom
Charles Wu, Senior Research Scientist and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) Course Coordinator at the University of Western Ontario, discusses some of his experiences with XRF and his upcoming sessions at Pittcon 2011.
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Pike Technologies
New PIKE Technologies catalog with accessories for FT-IR, NIR and UV-Vis spectrometers will be released in March. The catalog will include reflectance (ATR, specular/diffuse), and transmission products compatible with all spectrometers.www.piketech.com
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Question of the Month

Do you think X-Ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry techniques should be taught at the college level?

A) Yes, the technique should be taught early on.

B) No, you can learn the techniques in the field.

C) Maybe in some courses.

Click Here to Vote

Last Week’s Results

Do you think terahertz techniques will ever have practical application in your work?

Yes, in the next 5 years
Yes, in the next 6-10 years
Maybe, but not until at least 10 years from now

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Upcoming Events
13–18 March 2011
Pittcon 2011
Atlanta, GA
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241st ACS National Meeting & Exposition
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