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October 13, 2011

Featured Article
Spectrometers for Elemental Spectrochemical Analysis, Part IV: Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometers
In this tutorial, we discuss inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectrometers. The basic modules of spectrometer systems already have been discussed in Part I of this series (1). Here, we focus on the ICP excitation and sample introduction system. A discussion of some optical configurations used in ICP is included.
Identification and Characterization of Key Chemical Constituents
Rapidly characterize key constituents from the authentic H. gordonii, a slow growing plant from the family Asclepiadaceae, and learn about an easy generic workflow to authenticate dietary supplements that claim to contain H. gordonii. Obtain a list of key markers for H. gordonii using a Multi Variate Statistical Analysis workflow. Learn more.
Spectroscopy Spotlight
Improving Throughput with Existing Instrumentation
As laboratories look for ways to save time and money, some enterprising scientists have devised a way to do both in their work. Lance Heinle and Gary Jenkins, drug-development scientists at Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, Illinois), have created a high-throughput LC–MS-MS system using instrumentation already in place in their laboratory.
Low cost elemental analysis by EDXRF
Low cost elemental analysis by EDXRF spectroscopy just got better with the introduction of the new ultra-compact Rigaku NEX QC benchtop analyzer. This analytical tool delivers rapid quantitative determination of sodium (11Na) to uranium (92U) in solids, liquids and powders. Specifically designed for routine quality control applications, it features an intuitive "icon-driven" touch screen interface for easy operation and a built-in printer for convenience. Read More...
Featured News
USP Awards $150K in Fellowships
In recognition of research focused on the detection of counterfeit and adulterated medicines and improved dissolution techniques, the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) (Rockville, MD), has awarded $150,000 in research funds under its 2011-2012 Fellowship program.
IFPAC-2012: Global Solutions for Process Understanding and Control-January 22-25, 2012 - Baltimore, Maryland
IFPAC-2012 continues to attract international representation with speakers from International and U.S. Regulatory Agencies, NIST, NIPTE, CPAC, MIT, Duquesne, Rutgers and numerous Chemical/Petrochemical and Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical corporations. For over 25 years, IFPAC has brought together industry, academia and government to discuss trends in technology, standards, and controls. IFPAC is the essential meeting place for the latest developments in Process Analysis & Control, PAT and QbD...
View Article...www.ifpacpat.org
Waters Honors University of Minnesota's Joseph Dalluge and Department of Chemistry Mass Spectrometry Laboratory with Center of Innovation Recognition
Waters honored the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory under the direction of Joseph Dalluge for his research in diagnostic marker assay development relevant to cystic fibrosis and other diseases.
Featured Products
Do you need Sample Reduction down to 4-5µm?
The McCrone Micronising mill is widely acknowledged to be one of the most effective means of reducing sample material down to sub-micron sizes suitable for XRD, XRF, Infra-Red spectroscopy and Atomic Absorption Analysis. What makes it so effective is the unique grinding action of the cylinders producing both liner grinding and planar shearing.
For further information please visit www.mccrone.co.uk
The World's Most Popular Miniature Spectrometer
The world’s most popular family of miniature spectrometers – the USB2000+ and USB4000 from Ocean Optics – is now better than ever! We’ve added great features such as enhanced triggering and electronics to these remarkably versatile, dependable and robust spectrometers.
NEW Optima 8x00 ICP-OES Spectrometers
PerkinElmer’s new Optima™ 8x00 ICP-OES spectrometers deliver breakthrough performance through a series of cutting-edge technologies that optimize sample introduction, enhance plasma stability, simplify method development and reduce argon consumption by 50%.
See the Optima 8x00 at work – watch the video
NEW, Fast CVAA Mercury Analyzer
PThe Hydra IIAA is the latest in a family of mercury analyzers from Teledyne Leeman Labs.  Designed as a lab workhorse for cold vapor atomic absorption the instrument includes the unique ability to be converted to atomic fluorescence or direct analysis as your application needs change.
www.teledyneleemanlabs.com/ products/mercury/hydraiiaa/index.asp
Question of the Week

How much do time- and money-saving systems or methods matter in your lab?

A) Cost is the primary factor
B) Time savings is the primary factor
C) Both are important considerations
D) Neither cost nor time savings are factors, only the quality of the results obtained

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Last Month's Results

What possible FT-IR innovation interests you the most?

Increased use of hyphenated techniques and IR microscopy
Greater sensitivity
Increased adoption of handheld instrumentation outside the laboratory
Faster sampling
Streamlining the process for the user
Upcoming Events
30 October – 2 November
17th Microoptics Conference (MOC'11)
Sendai, Japan
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31 October– 1 November
22nd International Light Scattering Colloquium
Santa Barbara, CA
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13 – 19 November
11th International Conference on Laser Ablation (COLA 2011)
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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14 – 16 November
Eastern Analytical Symposium
Somerset, NJ
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14 – 18, January 2012
MSACL 2012 – Mass Spectrometry: Applications to the Clinical Lab
San Diego, CA
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22-25 January 2012
IFPAC®-2010, The Twenty-Sixth International Forum and Exhibition
Baltimore, MD
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