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October 16, 2012




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Spectroscopy Spotlight
Interview with Sergei Kazarian on FT-IR Imaging used as a Detection Technique with Microfabricated Microfluidic Devices
Spectroscopy recently spoke with Sergei Kazarian, professor of physical chemistry at Imperial College London (London, UK), about his research with FT-IR imaging. Prof. Kazarian is the coauthor of “Label-Free Chemical Detection in Microfabricated Devices Using FT-IR Spectroscopic Imaging” in the October 2012 issue of Spectroscopy. 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
Pharmaceutical Research Applications Featured at Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium
The 9th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium took place in Ulm, Germany on September 26 and 27 and featured the application possibilities of high-resolution Raman microscopy in pharmaceutical research as well as in materials, geological and life sciences. MORE »
Simplify Polymer Analysis
Obtain fast, accurate polymer data with ease
Whether you develop and manufacture new polymers, fabricate polymer components, or use polymers in your own products, Agilent has the perfect tools for you. View webinar, videos and application compendium and learn more about our comprehensive portfolio of polymer solutions.
Advantages of High-Brightness Lasers in Confocal Raman Spectroscopy
We compare the theoretical and experimental differences between high-brightness and low-brightness lasers as used in a dispersive confocal Raman microscope system. MORE »
Boosting the Productivity of Geological and Nutrient/Food analysis using ICP-OES
On Demand Webcast
Register Free at www.spectroscopyonline.com/ICP-OES.
Market Profile: Vibrational Spectroscopy and Biofuels Analysis
Demand for vibrational spectroscopy techniques in the oil and gas industry is quite strong and is seeing strong growth as a result of the development of biofuels. 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.
Sample Preparation - Free Micro ATR FT-IR Chemical Imaging of Polymers and Polymer Laminates
The micro attenuated total reflectance (ATR) chemical imaging of polymers, in particular polymer laminates, typically requires significant pressure to ensure good sample-to-ATR crystal contact. 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.
Application of Raman Polarization Selection Rules: Heterogeneous Solid State Structure
The orientation of a crystal can be determined from the phase shift of the experimental P/O micro-Raman diagram relative to that calculated for a particular crystal face. 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.
NIR Monitoring of a Hot-Melt Extrusion Process
Process analytical technology (PAT) and hot-melt extrusion (HME), commonplace in the food and polymer industries, are becoming increasingly deployed in the pharmaceutical industry. MORE »
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.
Interpreting Raman Spectra of Functionalized Polymers: Applying the Tricks of the Trade
The interpretation of Raman spectra is discussed for a series of functionalized celluloses. MORE »
Combined Spectroscopy Methods for General Analytical Services
On Demand Webcast
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Raman & UV-vis-NIR Microspectroscopy

The 20/20 PV™ features Raman microspectroscopy in addition to UV-visible-NIR transmission, reflectance and fluorescence spectra and imaging of microscopic samples. The 20/20 PV™ also offers surface mapping and film thickness too!
NIR for QA/QC Solutions

Thermo Scientific Antaris II FT-NIR analyzer delivers results in seconds in-, at- or on-line without the need for sample preparation, a solution for polymers, pharmaceuticals or food industries.
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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Upcoming Webcast
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.
Ultrafast Depth Profile Characterization of Thin and Thick Films
Thursday, October 25, 2012
1:00 PM EDT
Sputtering glow discharge (GD) sources combined with either optical emission or mass spectrometers are very interesting instruments for thin and thick films analysis of materials. They offer rapid depth profile capability of all elements, making them ideal for research and development of advanced coatings from the nanometer scale upward and for quality control in various industries. The 6th International GD day was held on September 21 in Paris. Researchers and practitioners from all over the world shared their work and results. This web seminar presents selected studies from the meeting.
Editors' Series: Speciation Analysis: A Critical Look at Methods Involving HPLC With ICP-MS Detection, With a Focus On Rice
Tuesday, November 6
2012 11:00 AM EST
Recent articles in the analytical chemistry literature illustrate the difficulties of making reliable measurements of the arsenic compounds in rice. Sample preparation is challenging, there is no agreement over the best chromatographic conditions, compound-dependent responses are evident, validation is difficult, if not impossible, and there is ambiguity over the severity of starch matrix effects. Suggestions will be made for how to develop a reliable method.
Upcoming Events
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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26 – 28 October
Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy
London, England
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28 October – 2 November
AVS 59th International Symposium & Exhibition
Tampa, FL
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11 – 16 November 2012
XIII Latin American Conference on the Applications of the Mossbauer Effect (LACAME 2012)
Medellin, Colombia
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11 – 16 November 2012
SPEC 2012 – Shedding New Light on Disease
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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12 – 15 November 2012
2012 Eastern Analytical Symposium and Exposition
Somerset, NJ
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13 November – 6 December 2012
Protein and Peptide Characterization with LC-MS
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14 – 15 November 2012
Nano-Molecular Analysis for Emerging Technologies V
Teddington, UK
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19 – 23 November 2012
Afrodata 2012, the 2nd African-European Conference on Chemometrics
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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3 – 4 December 2012
Chemometrics in Time-resolved and Imaging Spectroscopy (PICS 2012)
Lille, France
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10 – 11 December 2012
Mass Spectral Interpretation
Foster City, CA
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18 – 21 December 2012
6th International Conference on Sensing Technolopgy
Kolkata, India
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Question of the Week

What is your laboratory's primary application area for FT-IR imaging analysis?

A) Biomedical and life science
B) Forensic
C) Industrial
D) Pharmaceutical
E) Polymer
F) Geology

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Last Week's Results

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

Very Little
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