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Spectroscopy Solutions is the global portal for fundamentals, best practice and troubleshooting information for users of spectroscopic and related techniques. Featuring articles, applications, webinars, workshops and other resources, Spectroscopy Solutions is the industry's 'go to' information resource.



Applying ICP-MS to Speciation and Quantitative Analysis of Arsenic in Foodstuffs and Beverages

Presenters: Dr Antonio Signes-Pastor (Queens University Belfast, UK) & Simon Nelms (Thermo Fisher Scientific, UK)

In collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific


In this webinar, the latest developments in arsenic speciation using IC-ICP-MS will be discussed together with an overview of total arsenic analysis using ICP-MS for a selection of food and beverage samples.


Implementation of the ICH Q3D Guideline on Elemental Impurities in the Pharmaceutical Drug Development Processes

Presenters: Gautier Decock (Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing) and Gregory Lecornet (Agilent Technologies)
In collaboration with Agilent Technologies


During this webinar you will get an overview of the elemental impurity risk assessment procedures as laid out under ICH Q3D. The webinar will furthermore provide you with guiding principles on how to establish a control strategy for elemental impurities across the drug development process. Finally guidance on how to establish acceptable intake levels for elemental impurities not covered under ICH Q3D will be discussed.


Simplify Your Environmental Analysis of Heavy Metals in Contaminated Soil using ICP-OES and ICP-MS

Presenter: Ross Ashdown (M.App.Sci, Agilent Technologies, USA)

In collaboration with Agilent Technologies


Accurate quantitation of metals in soil is extremely important for human health as well as there being economic implications for primary industries such as agriculture and construction. Due to the complex nature of many soil samples, and the comprehensive procedural requirements when following regulated methods such as US EPA methods, it is important that the instrumentation used for the analysis supports simple set-up, method development and routine operation, to enable the user to quickly obtain accurate quantitative results for the full range of target analytes present.


Spice Up Your Life with MS: Workflows for High Throughput Pesticide Analysis by MS/MS in Challenging Matrices such as Spices and Tobacco

Presenter:  Dr Kaushik Banerjee, National Research Centre for Grapes (NRCG), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Pune, India.

In collaboration with Shimadzu


This exclusive Shimadzu Food Safety Webinar will provide an in-depth know-how about the various mass spectrometry (MS/MS) workflows that are needed to conduct high throughput pesticide analysis in challenging matrices. You will learn about the latest state-of-the-art technologies that mass spec leaders are using globally to deal with pesticide analysis in difficult matrices such as spices and tobacco.


Elemental Analysis in Infant Formula, Nutritional Products, and Raw Ingredients by ICP-MS

Presenter: Lawrence Pacquette (Abbott Nutrition, Columbus, Ohio, USA)

In collaboration with Agilent Technologies


In this webinar, Dr Lawrence Pacquette will present how Agilent ICP-MS instruments (7500cx, 7700x and 7900) have not only provided the required sensitivity for ultra-trace elemental analysis, but have also improved the efficiency of Abbott Nutrition’s laboratories for routine testing and helped in producing AOAC Stakeholder Panel on Infant Formula and Adult Nutritionals (SPIFAN) recognized analytical methods for elemental analysis.


Evolution of Air Monitoring Methods for Indoor Air Quality Investigations

Presenter: Heidi Hayes (Eurofins Air Toxics, Inc., USA)
In collaboration with Agilent Technologies


This presentation discusses standard air methods using specially-treated canisters and sorbent-based samplers and approaches to modify sampling and analytical methods to meet the demands of indoor air quality investigations. Recent developments regarding sorbent-based passive samplers for long-term integrated indoor air measurements will be presented, as well as current research on the use of thermal desorption coupled with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry to measure indoor air semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs). Complementary investigative techniques to identify pollutant sources in the indoor air environment using thermal extraction of building materials in a micro-chamber are described.



UV-vis Spectrophotometric Analysis of Water, Food, and Beverages

Presenters: Carolin Klein, Rick Blankemeier and Abebe Belay Gemta
Sponsor: Merck KGaA


Separation Science,  in collaboration with Merck KGaA, has developed an online eSeminar focusing on the use and application of UV-vis spectrophotometry for the analysis of water, food, and beverages. This on-demand event provides scientists with updates on the latest issues faced by individuals working in these challenging analytical fields. This unique event brings together a selection of technology experts and provides an interactive learning environment and online resource.


2nd Spectroscopy Solutions eConference (On-demand)

Spectroscopy Solutions is pleased to present the on-demand version of the 2nd Spectroscopy Solutions eConference building on topics discussed at the previous event and introducing some new ones. This online event focuses on key disciplines within atomic and molecular spectroscopy and also incorporates an element of mass spectrometry providing attendees with an exclusive learning opportunity from eminent thought leaders and key educators in these techniques.

1st Spectroscopy Solutions eConference (On-demand)

Sponsors : Agilent, Bruker, PerkinElmer

Spectroscopy Solutions 2014  eConference is now available on-demand. This online event focuses on key disciplines within atomic and molecular spectroscopy providing attendees with an exclusive learning opportunity from eminent thought leaders and key educators in these techniques.

This event will focus on a combination of fundamentals, best practice and method development, complementing a series of application talks divided into sections focusing on food, environmental, pharmaceutical and clinical research. 

Mass Spectrometry On Demand

Sponsors : AB SCIEX, Agilent, Bruker, JEOL,, Peak Scientific, Scientific Resources, Shimadzu, Supelco, Waters

Mass Spectrometry is a world-class international conference covering fundamentals, best practice and applications in mass spectrometry and mass spectrometry coupled techniques. The 2013 conference took place in Singapore, offering delegates the chance to learn from some of the world's top experts in the use of mass spectrometry and related techniques. The conference is now available as an on-demand online event providing access to this knowledge base to a wider global audience. On this site you'll find links to presentations given in Singapore which you can listen to on-demand from your own laboratory or office. Learn about the importance of the sample molecule when determining the correct method; discover how to successfully hyphenate chromatographic systems; and what are the pros and cons of the various MS interfaces? Discover how to interpret and understand the data you generate, and understand how MS can be applied to various analytical challenges across market sectors and industries.


US Army Research Laboratory combines Raman spectroscopy and AFM to characterise electrochemical energy storage materials

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Maryland, USA, is studying electrochemical energy storage materials with a hybrid instrument consisting of a Renishaw inVia confocal Raman microscope and a Bruker Dimension Icon atomic force microscope (AFM).


New release of Bio-Rad's KnowItAll® Spectroscopy Software

Bio-Rad has recently announced a new release of its KnowItAll® spectroscopy software. One of the key enhancements of the new release is “Optimized Corrections,” a breakthrough patent-pending technology that performs a computationally complex set of corrections on all query and reference spectra in a search to find the optimal match between the query and each reference spectrum. Multiple corrections are applied automatically to compensate for differences between spectra caused by the variability of different instruments and accessories and other factors including human error.


Raman Spectroscopy to Study Various Childhood Diseases

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University use a Renishaw inVia confocal Raman microscope in the study of various diseases, with a major focus on childhood diseases. 


Conference Review: 12th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium

At first glance cement, cancer cells, interstellar dust, two-dimensional materials, billion-year-old microfossils, emulsions and the Kramers-Heisenberg-Dirac formula appear to have little if anything in common. Yet they were all among the topics discussed by some 50 biologists, physicists, pharmaceutical researchers and chemists within the context of Raman Imaging. For the twelfth time WITec, the German manufacturer of Raman imaging systems, had invited scientists from all over the world to an interdisciplinary symposium in Ulm (Germany) at the end of September.


Renishaw Aids Museum Conservation

Renishaw’s inVia confocal Raman microscope system is being used in conservation activities at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Rigaku Raman Technologies Receives ISO Certification

Rigaku Raman Technologies, a manufacturer of handheld and portable Raman spectrometers, is delighted to announce that they have achieved ISO 9001:2008, certified by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) for its new manufacturing facility.


2015 WITec Paper Award Winners Announced

The winners of this year's WITec Paper Awards have been announced. This annual award honours the three leading papers that feature results acquired using a WITec instrument. Scientists from all over the world submitted more than 80 publications between January and December 2014 and a jury made their selection based on the impact of the scientific results and the originality of the applied techniques.


NMR Solutions

NMR Solutions # 4: Protein-Detected NMR-Based Methods

NMR-based screening is a powerful experimental technique that can be exploited by employing either ligand- or receptor-based methods [V. Roldós, F.J. Cañada and J. Jiménez-Barbero,  Chembiochem ., 12, 990-1005 (2011)]. We have already described several protocols operating from the ligand’s perspective (see previous  NMR Solutions ). Now, we will illustrate the typical scheme employed when analysing binding from the protein’s point-of-view.


NMR Solutions #3: The Diffusion Ordered Spectroscopy Technique (DOSY)

The Diffusion Ordered Spectroscopy technique (DOSY) can also be applied to monitor molecular interactions. DOSY is a versatile NMR technique that provides a semiquantitative estimation of the translational diffusion coefficient (D) of a given molecule or mixture of molecules.


NMR Solutions #2: Analysing Protein-Ligand Interactions - Part 2

In this article, we continue addressing the analysis of ligand-protein interactions by NMR. Now, we will focus on one of the key experiments that monitor the recognition process from the ligand’s viewpoint: 'The Saturation Transfer Difference' method. 


Syft Technologies, offers an on-demand webinar covering selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS), a technology that provides a significant advance in trace gas and headspace analysis. The presentation examines how application of SIFT-MS can deliver competitive advantage in the contract laboratory because of high sample throughput and its ability to analyse chromatographically challenging species. It also demonstrates how direct gas analysis opens new research and on-line monitoring opportunities.


Raman Solutions

Raman Solutions #4: Validation of Quantitative Raman Methods

This article is the second of a three part series on quantitative prediction using Raman spectroscopy.


Raman Solutions #3: Quantitative Prediction Using Raman Spectroscopy

This article is the first of a three part series on quantitative prediction using Raman spectroscopy.  


Raman Solutions #2: Raman Spectrometer Technology at Pittcon

For the second article of this series of articles on Raman spectroscopy I will review some of the latest in Raman technology that was on display at Pittcon in March in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pittcon is short for Pittsburgh Conference, which is the largest laboratory equipment trade show in North America. This year Pittcon had nearly 10,000 attendees and a large exhibition of the latest in spectroscopy technology. Raman has become one of the most important technologies at Pittcon. The large number of vendors with Raman spectrometers of different sizes and price points was overwhelming.


Raman Solutions #1: The Raman Effect

The Indian physicist, CV Raman, received the Nobel Prize for his discovery of Raman scattering. Raman found that when monochromatic light from a Hg lamp passed through a solid or liquid sample, such as benzene, a small amount of light was scattered in all directions but at a frequency lower (longer wavelength) than the incident light frequency.