Tony Davies Column

The Tony Davies Column alternates between chemometrics and data handling and standards, as well as a wide range of EU and other initiatives across the whole of spectroscopy.

Tony-DaviesTony (A.N.) Davies has been a columnist for Spectroscopy Europe since its inception. Together with Tony (A.M.C.) Davies he has produced the “Tony Davies” column until Tony’s retirement in 2014. Tony (A.N.) is Lead Scientist with AkzoNobel RD&I Expert Capability Group in Measurement and Analytical Science in Deventer, The Netherlands and is Professor of Analytical Science at the University of South Wales in the UK.

 

How standard are your standards?

Tony Davies and Robert Lancashire ask “How standard are your standards?”. They describe a number of the organisations working with standards that affect the spectroscopy field. It looks as if free access to these may be the only way to ensure their longevity.

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What is the collective noun for solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers?

TD_28-6_F1-sTony Davies and Steven Brown explore the solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy facilities at the University of Warwick, UK.

Read more: What is the collective noun for solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers?

   

Updating IUPAC spectroscopy recommendations and data standards

TD_28-5-sInternational standards need to keep pace with the innovation in analytical equipment and practices. For example, many of the advances in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy reported in this journal in recent years have yet to find themselves mirrored by updates in the respective Recommendations of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), nor in the many and varied proprietary recommended reporting formats of the different peer-reviewed primary scientific journals. Not that every innovation needs to be “standardised”: with the speed of many developments it is important to find the right balance between reacting to real movements in a field and enshrining a short-lived fad in a IUPAC Recommendation.

Read more: Updating IUPAC spectroscopy recommendations and data standards

   

Gerry Downey: an authentic spectroscopist

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Tony Davies has interviewed Gerard (Gerry) Downey who has just retired from the Irish National Agriculture and Food Research Institute, Teagasc. Gerry will be known to many of you, particularly those who work in the fields of chemometrics, NIR spectroscopy and food & ag. I must have known Gerry for over 25 years and currently work closely with him on the publication of NIR news, so I am particularly delighted that Tony has chosen to highlight his career.

Read more: Gerry Downey: an authentic spectroscopist

   

Central spectroscopic data systems: why are chromatographers so much better equipped?

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In the Tony Davies Column, Tony is getting jealous of chromatographers in “Central spectroscopic data systems: why are chromatographers so much better equipped?”. Replicating the power of chromatography data systems for spectroscopic data is not that easy.

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