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October 9, 2012





Spectroscopy Spotlight
Using MC-ICP-MS in Object Determination of Provenance
Multicollector inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) combines an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) source, a double-focusing sector field mass spectrometer of Nier-Johnson geometry, and multiple collectors for the measurement of isotope ratios. Frank Vanhaecke, PhD, of the Department of Analytical Chemistry at Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium), has been using this technique for objective provenance determination in the context of archaeometry. He provided Spectroscopy with further insight into his work. MORE »
Convert to Hydrogen as a Carrier Gas
The global shortage of helium has caused prices to increase significantly. Many GC users  are considering switching to hydrogen as a carrier gas. Hydrogen provides many advantages over helium including, higher resolution, shorter run times, longer column life, and cost savings. Many instrument manufacturers now provide resources to make switching carrier gas easier.  This How To Guide will take you through the steps necessary to convert from helium to hydrogen as a carrier gas for Gas Chromatography. Read More.
Featured News
Watching Electrons Move at High Speed
New techniques developed by a team of researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Cambridge, Massachusetts) could help unlock the mysteries of exactly how electrons move and react in topological insulators–materials that hold promise for new kinds of electronic devices. The information could open up new possibilities for harnessing these electrons. MORE »
SPEX CertiPrep Now Offers USP 232 Standards
Developed in accordance with USP <232>- Elemental Impurities, SPEX CertiPrep is proud to offer this new addition to our Consumer Safety Compliance Standards line.  These standards can be used as a calibration or check standard to verify Oral Daily Dose PDE, Parenteral Component Limit or Parenteral Daily Dose PDE. For more information, please click here. http://www.spexcertiprep.com/searchinorganic.aspx?search=usp
FDA Releases Preliminary Data on Arsenic Levels in Rice and Rice Products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released preliminary data on arsenic levels in certain rice and rice products. The data are part of a larger FDA data collection and analysis about arsenic levels in rice and are based on the first set of approximately 200 samples of rice and rice products collected in the U.S. marketplace. MORE »
Agilent 720/725 ICP-OES.
The best of breed is now even faster, more agile.

Agilent set the standard for ICP-OES performance with our 700 Series, the world's most productive ICP-OES platform. And now, we've taken that industry-leading performance to a new level with faster run times, proven reliability and lower operating costs. View webinar and learn more.
Market Profile: Triple Quadrupole LC-MS in Clinical Analysis
Triple-quadrupole liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC–MS) is one of the most powerful quantitative analytical techniques available for clinical analyses, with recent improvements making it even more appealing to the clinical market. MORE »
Getting the Most From Your ICP-MS Instrument
Live Webcast: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 8:00 am PST, 11:00 am EST, 15:00 GMT
Register Free at http://www.spectroscopyonline.com/icpms-software.
FT-IR Search Algorithm – Assessing the Quality of a Match
The beginning of the age of Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy meant the availability of digital spectra and opened the possibility of using computers to compare a single spectrum against a reference database containing thousands of spectra, thereby allowing enormous efficiency gains in the comparison of unknown spectra to reference materials. Various algorithms can be used to create a hit quality index (HQI), which is a measure of how well the query spectrum compares against each reference spectrum. However, HQI does not tell the whole story and specifically does not tell us much about the quality of the match between query and reference spectra. MORE »
FTIR Microscopy: A Powerful Tool for Analytical Analysis
Live Webcast: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 11:00 am ED
Register Free at http://www.spectroscopyonline.com/FTIR.
Rapid Bacterial Diagnostics Via Surface-Enhanced Raman Microscopy
There is a continuing need to develop new techniques for rapid and specific identification of bacterial pathogens in human body fluids especially given the increasing prevalence of drug-resistant strains. Efforts to develop a surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)-based approach, which encompasses sample preparation, SERS substrates, portable Raman microscopy instrumentation, and novel identification software, are described. MORE »
Speciation Analysis: A Critical Look at Methods Involving HPLC With ICP-MS Detection, With a Focus On Rice
Live Webcast: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:00am EST/8:00am PST
Register Free at www.spectroscopyonline.com/speciationanalysis.
Featured Products
Benchtop WDXRF Elemental Analysis

Measure oxygen (O) through uranium (U) in solids, liquids, powders and alloys. Wavelength dispersive (WDXRF) technology for unsurpassed elemental resolving power and superior light element performance.
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The McCrone Micronising Mill solves problematic preparation of solid samples for XRD or XRF spectroscopic analysis.

The McCrone mill :
  • Minimises sample damage and contamination
  • Ensures narrow range, reproducible, particle size
  • Has a 30 minute timer
  • Offers a choice of grinding elements
  • Grinds wet or dry
  • Is suitable for Carbides, Nitrides, Borides, Cement, Clay, Shale, Mica etc.
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Microwave Sample Prep for Digestion

Milestone's ETHOS EZ closed-vessel microwave digestion system features sensor technology and touch screen controls with preloaded methods for a variety of sample types, making it the most advanced digestion system on the market.
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Ultrafast Depth Profile Characterization of Thin and Thick Films
Live Webcast: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm EDT
Register Free at http://www.spectroscopyonline.com/ultrafast.
Question of the Week

How much sample preparation typically do you perform before your ICP-MS analyses?

A) Extensive
B) Moderate
C) Very little
D) None at all

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Upcoming Webcast
Combined Spectroscopy Methods for General Analytical Services
Thursday, October 11, 2012
8:00 AM PDT; 11:00 AM EDT; 15:00 GMT
FT-IR spectroscopy is relied upon in analytical support and research laboratories for identification of a variety of unknown materials or characterization analysis. During this webinar, we will show you how you can combine multiple sampling and spectroscopic techniques in a single, easy to use, and compact platform. We will also show you how you can solve your challenges faster and more efficiently, with the trust and confidence you need on your most critical analysis tools.
Applications of Raman Spectroscopy in Biomedical Diagnostics
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
1:00 PM EDT
In recent years, Raman spectroscopy has gained widespread recognition in biomedical research as a principal diagnostic and screening tool. This presentation will begin with an overview of the uses of Raman in a variety of biomedical applications, and then discuss one of the most active research areas for Raman biospectroscopy: cancer detection, focusing on research at the University of Utah on the development of a surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)–based immunoassay array for pancreatic cancer marker screening.
Getting the Most From Your ICP-MS Instrument
Thursday, October 18, 2012
11:00 AM EDT
This complimentary webinar will demonstrate how new software for ICP-MS can improve laboratory performance by enabling simple operation and fast start up, full workflow solutions via seamless integration with different inlet systems, rapid evaluation of results from clear and flexible presentation of the analytical data, and reduced operational costs.
FTIR Microscopy: A Powerful Tool for Analytical Analysis
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
11:00 AM EDT
FTIR Microscopy is among the most powerful tools in the identification of unknown materials.  This can range from the examination of raw materials, failure analysis, or research and development. Each molecule has a unique infrared signature providing great specificity in the identification process. The distribution of these components in mixtures can also be determined by collecting infrared area images of the product in question. Examples will be shown that demonstrate the effectiveness of FTIR Microscopy for identification, quantification and distribution of materials on a microscopic level. These examples will be collected with a simple to use and fully automated FTIR microscope.
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Last Week's Results

Does your laboratory routinely use spectral interpretation software in combination with FT-IR analyses?

We use it occasionally.
Yes, we use it routinely.
No, we don't have a need for it.
We don't currently use it, but we might in the future