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Since attempts to blow up planes using liquid explosives, we have all been restricted in what we can take onboard when we fly. Raman spectroscopy is offering a solution. However, “Time-resolved Raman spectroscopy for non-invasive detection through non-transparent materials” by Ingeborg Iping Petterson and Freek Ariese argues that time-resolved Raman spectroscopy (TRRS) techniques provide better spatial selectivity than the major alternative, spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS). Applications for through-skin measurements and depth analysis in catalytic extrudates are also described.
Verisante Technology, Inc. has announced that a research study using its Core laser Raman spectroscopy system was named as one of the Canadian Cancer Society’s 10 research achievements for 2011.
FACSS has announced the winners of the 2012 ANACHEM and Charles Mann awards: Peter Griffiths and Don Pivonka.
The Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) has announced the winners of the 2011 FACSS Innovations Awards. The FACSS Innovation Awards showcase the newest and most creative science debuted orally at a FACSS-organised conference. Shortlisted finalists competed in front of expert panels at the 2011 FACSS conference in Reno, NV, USA (2–7 October 2011). The panel commended the high quality of entries and selected four equal awardees.
Counterfeiting is a major problem throughout the world and transmission Raman spectroscopy proves to be a very useful tool for fast and non-destructive detection of counterfeit pharmaceuticals.
Raman spectroscopy came under the spotlight at the Natural History Museum in London, when Renishaw held its 2011 ‘inside Raman’ seminar in the Museum’s Flett theatre on 26 and 27 September.
Part of managing diabetes involves piercing a finger several times daily to monitor blood sugar levels. Attempts have been made for decades to find a suitable spectroscopic method to replace this invasive procedure for monitoring glucose with a painless one. A number of spectroscopic techniques, including near infrared (NIR), have shown promise, but now instrumental developments in Raman spectroscopy may offer a solution.
Ninety-five delegates attended the 8th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium in Ulm, Germany, from 5 to 6 October organised by WITec. Featuring a global line-up of Raman Imaging experts, the symposium gave scientist the opportunity to see the newest applications and relevant instrument configurations.
The new Solas from API Technologies is a SERS substrate that offers improved sensitivity and reproducibility for Raman analysis. Its specially designed architecture is manufactured using advanced nano-fabrication methods and the advanced manufacturing techniques create the sensitivity and reproducibility (within batch and batch-to-batch) required for cutting-edge analytical tests. Applications include detecting trace evidence in forensic laboratory testing, environmental contaminants in water, melamine in milk, explosive residues and road-side drug detection. It can be used in multiple configurations and with many different Raman systems and a series of specifically designed bench-top readers for use with the substrate is also offered. Adapters are available for the most common hand-held and portable Raman systems.
A new solution for the analysis of trace evidence is now available from Elliot Scientific. The new Elixir microscope from Craic Technologies offers multiple analytical techniques in a single instrument for the forensic scientist. Users can conduct microspectroscopy, high-resolution imaging, Raman microspectroscopy and glass refractometry with one easy-to-use tool. The system integrates an advanced spectrophotometer with an optical microscope and easy-to-use software, which enables scientists to quickly analyse all manner of microscopic samples of trace evidence using high-sensitivity multiple analytical techniques.
Dr Fiona Lyng of Dublin Institute of Technology is this year’s winner of the Enterprise Ireland “One to Watch” award. Dr Lyng is developing a new system using Raman spectroscopy to diagnose cervical cancer together with her colleagues at the Radiation and Environmental Science Centre at the Focas Institute in DIT and collaborators at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital.
This article surveys developments in the applications of Raman spectroscopy and the design of probes for use in endoscopes for the detection of early cancers in the throat and stomach.
This second Product Focus is on Molecular Spectroscopy, and a number of companies have provided information on their key products, their applications and features.
Raman spectroscopy is to be used as one of the analytical techniques for the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission to identify the geological and biogeological spectral signatures that could herald the presence of extinct or extant life on Mars. The article looks at the benefits of Raman spectroscopy for this and the research on Earth to build knowledge of the spectra of organisms living in extreme conditions here.
Kaiser has announced the release of the RamanRXN 1000 Raman analyser which provides the fluorescence rejection of a FT-Raman spectrometer but with the ease of fibre-optic interfacing of a dispersive Raman analyser. While 785nm excitation remains the most universal wavelength range for petrochemical and pharmaceutical Raman applications, some applications such as early stage “dirty” crystallisation, biofuels, polyurethanes, heavy hydrocarbons and some colourants/pigments exhibit fluorescence too intense to allow the application to be addressed with 785 nm excitations. The RamanRXN 1000 provides an effective route for in situ monitoring of these applications, filling a niche where fluorescence cannot be overcome using 785 nm excitation. Raman measurements can be made on-line allowing users the potential to develop process control methodologies rather than end-product testing. The analyser is offered with either iC Raman 4.1 for reaction development and understanding or synTQ-Lite for process monitoring and control where compliance to 21 CFR Part 11 and interface to data historians are required.
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Laser Components has introduced the LuxxMaster Raman source, which is smaller and less expensive than previous models, for use in medical technology, industrial and military applications. Designed for OEM applications, the stabilised laser source is well suited for Raman spectroscopy and sensor applications. Using a volume Bragg grating, the 785 nm laser wavelength is stabilised across the entire operating temperature range from 0°C to 50°C. At the same time, the full width at half maximum is typically reduced to 0.08 nm. The noise level of the laser is < 0.25% RMS. A supply voltage of 5 V is required for operation. Other wavelengths, including 532 nm, are also available. The source can be connected to a 105 µm MM fibre, for example, from which a typical output power of 500 mW can be achieved. With the help of the USB interface, the source can be controlled using a PC.
The latest KnowItAll release from Bio-Rad Laboratories highlights a major addition to the AnalyzeIt spectral interpretation applications for IR, Raman and IR polymer compounds. With this release, users can now improve spectral interpretations by building a knowledgebase of functional groups and corresonding bands from their own data to use in conjuctioin with KnowItAll's built-in knowledgebase.
The Commander from McPherson is an f/4.8 triple spectrometer for the UV and wide wavelength range Raman applications. As a triple grating spectrometer, it has continuously tuneable wavelength positioning for work with tuneable lasers, to seek resonance or to work where filters are not available, deep in the UV. In the UV, it operates to the edge of the atmospheric transmission envelope at 185 nm thanks to a reflective optical system with master polished optics and UV-enhanced broadband coatings. For experiments that approach the oxygen absorption envelope, purge fittings are provided. A wide selection of diffraction gratings and cooled (–100°C) CCD detectors ensure sensitivity. Flexible user-controlled configuration of slit width, apertures and gratings control the system bandpass, rejection edge and spectral resolution as needed. The spectrograph stage, with imaging optics optimises flux and enables imaging across a large focal plane. The f/4.8 aperture ratio collects large solid angle and emission from weakly emitting samples and takes advantage of the smaller diffraction-limited spots occurring in the UV. A single stage bypass allows dedicated use of the spectrograph when required.
Nati Salvadó, Salvador Butí and Trinitat Pradell have used a number of techniques to investigate changes in pictorial techniques in Catalan paintings in the 15th century. The combination of different techniques is of particular value. The use of synchtrotron radiation as a light source is also an advantage.