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August 21, 2012
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The 2012 FACSS-SciX Awards: The Podcast Series
Expanding the Frontiers of Raman in Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development
Don Pivonka, a senior principal chemist at Incyte Corporation and the winner of the 2012 Charles Mann Award for applied Raman spectroscopy, is known for his work studying structure-activity relationships. He sees excellent opportunities for expanding the use of Raman spectroscopy in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly through the collaboration of analytical, computational, and medicinal chemists. MORE »
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Featured News
The Search for Life on Other Planets: NASA's McKay to Present Keynote at SciX 2012
Chris McKay of the NASA Ames Laboratory will give the keynote presentation at the SciX 2012 conference with a talk titled, “The Search for Life on Other Worlds.” Aptly timed to follow the recent landing of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s “Curiosity” rover on Mars, McKay’s talk will present the latest information from the Mars mission. MORE »
Upcoming Webinars with solutions for today's Spectroscopist
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Streamline your Chemical Analysis lab with Next Generation FT-NIR

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Benefits of Implementing PAT at critical stages of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

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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://bwtek.com/products/exemplar/
Agility Raman Analyzer
AgilityTM delivers repeatable and sensitive results in a sleek battery-operated package weighing less than 10 lbs. High reliability (MIL STD 810 shock and vibration). Available in 532nm, 785nm or 1064nm. Read More
PIKE Long-Path Gas Cells
PIKE Technologies' long-path IR gas cells for analysis of air contaminants, pure gases and gas mixtures. Fixed path cells range from 2.4m to 20m, and the variable 1m to 16m. http://www.piketech.com/GS-Long-Path-Gas-Cells.html
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. http://www.enwaveopt.com/EZRaman-H.htm
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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
Moxteks' Miniature SIR Polarizers
ProFlux SIR series Infrared Polarizers provide unparalleled broadband performance. These polarizers utilize the unique qualities of silicon substrates with specially engineered anti-reflective coatings to achieve high performance. http://www.moxtek.com/optics-products/ir-polarizers.html
On Demand Webcast
Possibilities and Limitations of ICP Spectroscopy for Trace Analysis
Speaker: Jose-Luis Todolí, professor, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition, and Food Sciences, University of Alicante (Alicante, Spain)
This is a FREE streaming audio Webcast and does not require a phone line. If you have any questions regarding this Webcast, please contact Jamie Carpenter, jcarpenter@advanstar.com

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. Nonspectral interferences, unwanted effects from the plasma itself, degradation in the thermal characteristics of the plasma “space charge effect,” spectral interferences, and possible remedies, will be discussed.
Upcoming Events
27 – 30 August 2012
12th International Nutritional and Diagnostics Conference 2012 (INDC2012)
Prague, Czech Republic
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26 – 27 September 2012
Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium
Ulm, Germany
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15 – 19 October 2012
22nd Annual Quality Assurance Conference
Dallas, TX
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16 – 18 October 2012
Handheld XRF Workshop
Newtown Square, PA
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22 – 23 October 2012
23rd Annual International Light Scattering Colloquium (ILSC)
Santa Barbara, CA
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24 October 2012
Dynamic Light Scattering Focus Meeting
Santa Barbara, CA
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Question of the Week

Which area of collaboration do you think will garner the most success for expanding the use of Raman spectroscopy in the pharmaceutical industry? Click Here to Vote

Last Month's Results

What atomic spectroscopy (elemental analysis) application area is the main focus in your laboratory?

Geology (mining and minerals)
Food and beverage
Life Sciences