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Horiba has announced the construction of a new research facility and European headquarters on the campus of the École Polytechnique in Paris. The new centre will give Horiba access to a pool of innovative technologies, resources and personnel from nearby academic, government and commercial research centres. It is due to open in late 2011.  www.horiba.com/uk/scientific

ChemImage has been selected for $2 million of US defence funding for further development of the Eye-Safe Stand-Off Fusion Detection of chemical, biological, explosive and improvised explosive device threats. The system will combine multiple sensing technologies, including Raman and shortwave infrared chemical imaging.  www.chemimage.com

Newport Corporation has introduced a new coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering optimised supercontinuum generation fibre device, the SCG-800-CARS, which has been designed for use with 800 nm femtosecond lasers and contains 12 cm non-linear crystal fibre with zero dispersion points at ~775 nm and 945 nm.

Researchers at the University of St Andrews have developed a powerful technique that could allow earlier cancer detection. In a joint venture between the Schools of Physics & Astronomy and the Bute Medical School, the St Andrews researchers have advanced new technology that relies on Raman spectroscopy.

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The winners of the 2010 Pittcon Awards include a good number of spectroscopists, and names that will be familiar to readers.

Smiths Detection has received a $21.9 million order from the US Transportation Security Administration to supply its Raman spectroscopy-based portable liquid detection scanners to analyse the content of containers without opening them. www.­smithsdetection.com

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Bruker has announced the launch of its N8 Neos Santerra micro analysis system that combines Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy on a single optical microscope platform.

The judicious use of a state-of-the-art imaging method enables researchers to capture structural snapshots of complex molecules as they participate in chemical reactions, revealing the sequence of specific atomic motions that lead to chemical change. It’s thought the approach, described in Nature (doi: 10.1038/nature08527), can be used more widely to improve our understanding of important chemical transformations.

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Scientists at Queen’s University Belfast are developing a Raman spectroscopy-based sensor to detect chemical agents and illegal drugs which will help in the fight against the threat of terrorist attacks. Special gel pads will be used to “swipe” an individual or crime scene to gather a sample which is then analysed by the Raman instrument that can detect the presence of chemicals within seconds. This will allow better, faster decisions to be made in response to terrorist threats.

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Princeton Instruments has introduced an intensified CCD camera, the PI-Max 3. It is a fully integrated camera that provides a combination of frame rate, gating and low-noise capabilities for improved performance in applications such as fluorescence lifetime imaging measurements, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, pulsed Raman spectroscopy, nanotechnology studies and plasma diagnostics. Features include a built-in timing generator, the SuperSynchro, which makes setting up complex time-resolved imaging experiments easy, SyncMaster technology helps reduce lab clutter by eliminating the need for an external timing generator, it can be configured with either a 1024 × 1024-pixel interline transfer CCD or a 1024 × 246-pixel full-frame CCD and it also features photocathode cooling for ultra-low light or single-photon imaging as well as special readout modes for single-shot measurements and particle imaging velocimetry applications.

Princeton Instruments Acton Issue: 21/05 RSN: 112 More information via

ST Japan have added 2100 new Raman spectra to their existing collection and now offer more than 10,000 spectra, including polymers and additives, solvents, pharmaceuticals, packaging materials, forensics and minerals. All spectra have been taken from samples of high purity, contain extensive sample information and have been reviewed by trained spectroscopists. The databases are available in the common spectra format and can be used directly with the search software of the users instrument, enabling them to continue working in their usual software environment and improve search results.

S T Japan-Europe Issue: 21/05 RSN: 121 More information via
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Ahura Scientific has announced an upgrade to the language capabilities of its TruScan hand-held Raman spectrometer, designed for the pharmaceutical and consumer health industries. With the introduction of TruScan 1.3.0, the graphical user interface is accessible in German as are the user manuals and instrument administration tools.

Ahura Scientific Issue: 21/05 RSN: 120 More information via
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The new DSC-Raman system from PerkinElmer combines thermal analysis with Raman spectroscopy to provide greater insight into material changes at a molecular level. It combines the double furnace DSC 8500 with the RamanStation 400 spectrometer, enabling simultaneous analysis of chemical and structural information from the spectrometer and correlating it with the calorimetric data of the DSC. Tests using the hyphenated techniques have given greater insight into polymer crystallisation, drug–carrier interactions, curing and polymorphic changes.

Renishaw has enhanced the capabilities of its inVia microscope which now offers remote system diagnosis and control of key system functions such as laser wavelength change, rapid switching between viewing modes, automated system optimisation and validation, the ability to queue multiple measurements and measurement templates that enable non-expert users to apply identical experimental conditions continuously. The microscopes now offer complete automation, remote control, large area imaging and faster operation.

Renishaw Plc Issue: 21/05 RSN: 118 More information via

Dr Neil Lewis, Technical Director of Malvern Instruments, is to receive the Anachem Award of the Detroit Section of the American Chemical Society at this year’s FACSS in October.

{rokbox title=|WITec's new HQ|}images/stories/news/witecbuilding.jpg{/rokbox}WITec has moved to its new headquarters building in Ulm, which has customised production facilities, seminar rooms and office space on four floors covering more than 1900 m2. www.witec.de
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Iain A. Larmour, Jennifer P.E.D. Gray and Steven E.J. BellInnovative Molecular Materials Group, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, BT9 5AG, UK

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Interest in Raman spectroscopy as an analytical technique that can be applied in a wide variety of fields continues to increase. The main reason for this interest is that no special sample preparation is required. However, the Raman signal is typically very weak, with only one in every 106–108 photons being scattered. This has driven the development of several enhancement techniques, e.g. Resonance Raman (RR), Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) and Surface Enhanced Resonance Raman Spectroscopy (SERRS), which can be used for dilute samples.

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The development of the Raman imaging spectrograph came from the need for combining high light throughput, distortion-free performance and polarisation-free optical design. These requirements, together with the small footprint of the device, good image quality and high spectral resolution were achieved with the fully transmissive design used in the Specim ImSpector series of imaging spectrographs, which are available for several standard wavelength ranges from 500 nm up to 1000 nm for use with different types of excitation lasers.

Specim Spectral Imaging Ltd Issue: 21/03 RSN: 113 More information via
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The innoRAM high-resolution Raman spectrometer, manufactured by B&WTek, is now available from Pacer. It is a portable, laboratory-grade system which includes a back-thinned 2-D-summed CCD linear array of 2048 pixels, TE-cooled to an operating temperature of –20°C and features 785 nm Cleanlaze technology. A choice of 532 nm or 785 nm narrow line width wavelength stabilised lasers is available, with 40 mW and 300 mW, respectively, exiting via the fibre port. The package includes laser safety goggles and user- controlled laser power via software. A wide range of probes and accessories is available.Pacer International LtdIssue: 21/03 RSN:

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Malvern Instruments has launched a 64-bit edition of the ISYs chemical imaging data analysis software which has applications across many technologies. It provides a single platform that supports the import of MIR, NIR and Raman imaging and mapping data files from a variety of vendors. It includes all the tools needed to understand chemical imaging data in spectral and spatial dimensions simultaneously.Malvern Instruments LtdIssue: 21/03 RSN: