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December 7, 2011
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Spectroscopy Spotlight
X-ray Fluorescence: Simplified Instrument Operation Brings Opportunities in Industry, and a Need for Education
Industrial use of X-ray fluorescence (XRF) is on the rise, often involving workers who are not spectroscopists. This brings advantages, as well as a need for more XRF training. MORE »
Water Vapor and CO2 in FTIR sample chamber lead to additional peaks that obscure information. These can be eliminated by sealing sample chamber and purging with dry, CO2-free air/nitrogen. This air can be obtained from tanks and a desiccator, however, an in-house generator that ports purge gas directly to the FT-IR is safer, more reliable, more convenient... DOWNLOAD APPLICATION NOTE.
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Featured News
Sabine Becker Wins the 2012 Winter Conference Award in Plasma Spectrochemistry
J. Sabine Becker, the head of trace and ultratrace Analysis in the Central Division of Analytical Chemistry at the Research Center Juelich, in Juelich, Germany, has won the 2012 Winter Conference Award in Plasma Spectrochemistry, sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific (San Jose, California).
Build Your Own Thermo Scientific FT-IR Spectrometer
Use the Build Your Own FT-IR site to create the ideal FT-IR for your laboratory. We coupled high performance Thermo Scientific FT-IR spectroscopy with configuration options designed to handle almost any analytical challenge. Identify the type of material you analyze. Then construct an instrument with the right components and accessories for your requirements. www.buildyourownftir.com.
US Department of Energy Unveils New Microscope for Materials Science
A new class of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic microscope has been developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (Upton, New York) and will be used for advanced research on a wide range of technologically important materials systems.
SAY GOODBYE to flammable and expensive gases.
SAY HELLO to the NEW Agilent 4100 MP-AES.

The Agilent 4100 Microwave Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometer is the most significant advancement in atomic spectroscopy in decades. It runs entirely on air, which means your lab can perform unattended multi-element analyses while eliminating flammable and expensive gases. Watch this video to learn more about the Agilent 4100 MP-AES.
New Technique Dates Ancient Samples
Physicists in Italy have developed a new method, based on infrared laser spectroscopy, to carbon-date old samples that can be performed using portable and low-cost equipment. According to the researchers, their new idea could have other applications in biomedical procedures, environmental monitoring, fundamental physics, and explosives detection.
Is AA dead?
Are ICP/MIPS the future for QAQC analysis?

LIVE WEBCAST: Tuesday, November 29 2011, 11:00 AM EST.
Register Free at http://www.spectroscopyonline.com/AA.
Advanced X-ray Detector Brings Purported Rembrandt to Light
Researchers at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Upton, New York) used an advanced x-ray detector developed at NSLS to find compelling evidence that an unknown Rembrandt painting, titled “Old Man with a Beard,” was an authentic work done by the Dutch master.
The Twenty-Sixth International Forum and Exhibition Process Analysis & Control January 22-25, 2012
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
IFPAC-2012: Global Solutions for Process Understanding and Control

IFPAC provides an opportunity to exchange ideas and network through panel discussions, evening sessions, poster sessions, and the exhibition. Several sessions related to spectroscopic instrumentation, techniques, standards, case studies, and data management will be at IFPAC-2012; plus the Food Quality, Safety and Analysis Symposium. Interact with industries that have been using Process Analysis & Control for nearly 60 years! Program Now Available… View More Details. www.ifpacpat.org
Upcoming Webcasts
Introduction to and Instrumentation for Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
11:00 AM EST
This educational seminar will emphasize a) the fundamental principles by which the various components of ICP-MS devices function, b) the basic capabilities and limitations of ICP-MS, and c) how these principles influence the design of effective tactics for analytical applications. Specific topics discussed include: general analytical capabilities of ICP-MS, ICP as an anion source, ion extraction, transmission & focusing, mass analysis- quadrupole, magnetic sector , matrix effects, applications survey, removal of polyatomic ions – high resolution, desolvation, cool plasma, and collision cells.
Question of the Week

Do you use XRF for quality control or trace elemental analysis?

A) Yes, I use it for both
B) I use XRF for quality control only
C) I use XRF for trace elemental analysis only
D) I don't use XRF for either of these

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Last Month's Results

Which potential LIBS application would be the most interesting to you or your research group?

Process monitoring and quality control
First responders
Scrap metal identification and sorting
Biomedical (including dental–mineralized tissues, soft tissues, as well as pathogen–bacteria identification)
Treated and nontreated wood waste
Upcoming Events
11 – 15 December
International Symposium on Surface Science — Focusing on Nano-, Bio-, and Green Technologies (ISSS-6)
Tokyo, Japan
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8–14 January 2012
2012 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Tucson, AZ
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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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11–16 March 2012
IFPAC®-2010, The Twenty-Sixth International Forum and Exhibition
Orlando, FL
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28–30 March 2012
International Conference on Optics, Lasers, and Spectroscopy (ICOLS 2012)
Madrid, Spain
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28–31 March 2012
10th Biennial International Conference of the Infrared and Raman Users Group (IRUG10)
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16–20 April 2012
SPIE Photonics Europe
Brussels, Belgium
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26–30 CSC May 2012
95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition Calgary
Quebec, Canada
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5–10 August 2012
Vibrational Spectroscopy, University of New England Biddeford, ME
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6–10 August 2012
61st Annual Denver X-Ray Conference
Colorado Springs, CO
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