In this article we learn of a new definition for “bath salts”, and how modern mass spectrometry instrumentation can provide rapid and quantitation of these “designer” drugs.
Thiabendazole (TBZ) is a chemical fungicide and parasiticide used to prevent mould, blight and other diseases resulting from long transportation and storage, largely used as an ingredient in waxes applied to the skins of citrus fruits. The authors describe their work using near infrared-surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and conventional Ag nanoparticles, which showed that TBZ was found both on organic fruit and at levels higher than regulations allow.
Single-walled carbon nanotubes and graphene are the subjects of great interest at present. The Tip-enhanced Raman mapping (TERM) technique is most useful for their study and can even find defects in a single sheet of graphene or a single nanotube with a spatial resolution of ~35 nm.
Both the size and chemical composition of airborne particles have an effect on human health. Whilst the effects of size have been much studied, many of the toxic chemicals in particles are at very low concentration and have been less studied. Monitoring their composition and concentration over time helps to determine their source. Synchrotron radiation-induced XRF spectrometry proves to be a good tool for this purpose.
Most of us are increasingly aware of the dangers of the modern diet and realise that salt intake should be kept low. It turns out that bread is a major contributor to our salt intake. However, without it, the bread is not particularly palatable. One trick is to distribute the salt unevenly throughout the bread, but the salt then needs to be encapsulated to prevent it dissolving. This article describes the use of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy to monitor this distribution and help develop methods to reduce the salt content of bread whilst maintaining the taste.
- Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy identifies fraudulent uses of fuels
- Nuclear magnetic resonance-based approach to fruit characterisation: the case studies of kiwifruits and peaches
- Qualitative and quantitative assessment of acetylated wood using infrared spectroscopic methods and multivariate data analysis
- Pyrolysis, spectroscopy and extraterrestrial organic matter
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