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June 19, 2012
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New Podcast Series: The 2012 FACSS-SciX Awards
Bioprocess Monitoring with Ultrasound-Enhanced ATR Mid-IR Spectroscopy
Bernhard Lendl and Cosima Koch of the Vienna University of Technology have developed a new method for on-line monitoring of fermentations using mid-infrared spectroscopy. MORE »
Simplify Polymer QA/QC with Agilent FTIR Solutions
Whether you develop and manufacture new polymers, fabricate polymer components, or use polymers in your own products, Agilent FTIR spectrometers are the perfect tools for QA/QC analysis. Our new, ultra-compact Cary 630 FTIR provides rapid processing of polymer samples in the lab, while the handheld 4100 ExoScan FTIR offers a revolutionary solution for true non-destructive analysis of polymer samples of any size and shape, wherever they are situated.
Featured News
First Experiment at the ALBA Synchrotron
The first of seven beamlines at the ALBA synchrotron light facility (Catalonia, Spain) has been put to work.
Dramatically Reduce Your Dilution Time and Errors
SPEX CertiPrep now offers a full line of Claritas PPT® Grade 1 PPM ICP-MS Standards. 1 PPM concentrations allow the chemist to perform a one-step dilution to PPB levels, saving time and decreasing dilution errors. Made using only the highest grade acids, water, and starting materials, you can ensure you are receiving an exceptionally pure, premium grade product. Click to view our extensive product offering
Featured Products
Easily do more
Thermo Scientific Nicolet iS50 FT-IR allows users to move from one experiment to another with a single button. Integrated techniques are coupled with automated data analysis to extract information simply and consistently. http://www.thermoscientific.com/is50webinars
UV-Vis & Raman Microspectroscopy
The 20/20 PV™ Microspectrophotometer: UV-visible-NIR absorbance, reflectance, fluorescence and now Raman spectroscopy of micron-scale samples…all in one, easy-to-use instrument from CRAIC Technologies! Visit www.microspectra.com today to learn more!
Three Wavelengths Confocal Raman Microscope
BaySpec NomadicTM, a dispersive confocal Raman microscope, integrates three lasers 532, 785 and 1064nm in one compact module. The system feature high sensitivity and high spectral resolution, and fully automated operation. This multi-wavelength system offers the best solution for many demanding applications in cell biology, forensic, material science, and food analysis, especially when 1064 Raman is often required overcoming fluorescence background. www.bayspec.com
Handheld Raman
Enwave Optronics introduces the NEW ASSUPx Handheld Raman Analyzer for raw material verification. Most materials are measured and evaluated within 15 seconds. It is an ideal choice for pharmaceutical, industrial chemicals and applications requiring high speed, reliable Raman analysis.
Enwave Optronics, Inc.
LUMOS – Stand Alone FT-IR Microscope with Full Automation
LUMOS is a stand-alone FT-IR microscope with full automation. It is designed to combine best performance for visible inspection and infrared spectral analysis with highest user comfort. Due to the motorization of all moveable components inside the LUMOS, the system provides its high degree of automation. The intuitive software of the LUMOS guides the operator step by step through the process of data acquisition. The user interface presents only those options which may be applied next.

Due to its motorized ATR crystal all IR measurements, even those in ATR mode, are performed automated with the LUMOS. Although the LUMOS is designed to be operated by non-experts for routine applications, its exceptional sensitivity makes it also very suitable for high demanding applications. http://www.brukeroptics.com/lumos.html
Avantes launches completely new Catalog!
Featuring our latest innovations for spectrometers, light sources and accessories. Including the first truly flexible miniature spectrometer with replaceable slit.
Over 200 pages with the latest spectroscopy solutions make it easy to find the right configuration for your spectroscopy needs. www.avantes.com
World's First Smart Spectrometer
The Exemplar™ is the first miniature spectrometer to include an embedded processor to allow for effortless on-board data processing, including averaging, smoothing, and automatic dark subtraction. http://www.bwtek.com/product/ spectrometer/exemplar.html
Two PCB mount components simplify complete laser diode control. The WLD3343 Laser Diode Driver supplies up to 3 A output current. The WTC3243 Temperature Controller drives up to 2.2 A and can stabilize to 0.0009°C. Laser diode and thermoelectric safety circuits are integrated, including current ramp with delay, and current limits. Call 406-587-4910 or visit www.teamWavelength.com/spc7
Upcoming Events
1–5 July 2012
Euromar 2012
Dublin, Ireland
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15–18 July 2012
Science at FELs
Hamburg, Germany
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29 July – 2 August 2012
August Microscopy & Microanalysis 2012 Meeting (M&M 2012)
Phoenix, AZ
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5–10 August 2012
Gordon Research Conference on Vibrational Spectroscopy
Biddeford, ME
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6–10 August 2012
61st Annual Denver X-ray Conference
Denver, CO
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12–16 August 2012
2012 SPIE Optics & Photonics
San Diego, CA
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12 – 17 August 2012
23rd International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy
Bangalore, India
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Upcoming Webcast
Possibilities and Limitations of ICP Spectroscopy for Trace Analysis
Thursday, June 28, 2012
2:00 PM EDT
Inductively coupled plasma spectrometry comprises atomic emission (ICP-AES) and mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) techniques. Whereas the former appears to be more robust, the latter shows excellent limits of detection that may be close to the parts-per-trillion or parts-per-quadrillion level. However, matrix effects are an important issue in both cases. In ICP-AES, nonspectral interferences can arise from the sample introduction system and, thus, the mass of analyte and solvent reaching the plasma are a function of the sample composition. The plasma itself can also be considered as a source of these unwanted effects. In fact, the matrix can lead to degradation in the thermal characteristics of the plasma. In the case of ICP-MS, the sources of matrix effects are the same as in optical emission, but the MS interface is also very active as an origin of interferences. The so-called "space charge effects" and the spectral interferences seriously degrade the accuracy of the determination. All these phenomena, as well as possible remedies, will be discussed in the present seminar.