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Medical applications of NIR spectroscopy are covered in this major special issue of JNIRS—Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy.

 

FACSS has announced the winners of the 2012 ANACHEM and Charles Mann awards: Peter Griffiths and Don Pivonka.

Howard Mark was awarded the BS degree in chemistry from the City College of New York in 1963, and earned his MA degree in chemistry from the City University of New York in 1966. He was awarded the Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from New York University in 1972. He remained at NYU as a research fellow, performing research in surface chemistry and in applications of the then-new field of FT-IR spectroscopy.

One of the main techniques for measuring and monitoring mental activity, functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), can often be impaired because a person’s hair gets in the way. A team of researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Texas at Arlington have developed a “brush optrode”, which provides increased sensitivity with fibre tips designed to thread through hair to enhance scalp contact.

A simple technique for measuring subcutaneous oxygen concentrations by NIR spectroscopy may help to identify patients at high risk of developing infections after surgery, reports a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

Since 2004 the Büchi Young Scientists NIRAward has been given to young scientists who worked during their diploma or doctoral thesis in the field of near infrared spectroscopy and achieved outstanding results. In the past many excellent scientists from NIR research groups all over the world have received this award.

The Perten Instruments website is now available in German and French.  www.perten.com

Applied Analytics has experienced double digit growth in 2009, with success in key markets such as Brazil, the US, Japan and the Persian Gulf.  www.a-a-inc.com

Chemical studies of exoplanets—planets that orbit not the Sun, but distant stars—rely on spectroscopy. Such studies used to be the domain of space observatories and of the world's largest ground-based telescopes. Now, a new data analysis technique successfully pioneered by a group of astronomers from the US, the UK and Germany has brought exoplanet spectroscopy to a much smaller (and more wide-spread) class of ground-based telescopes.

Children as young as five months old will follow the gaze of an adult towards an object and engage in joint attention, according to research at Birkbeck, University of London, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council. The findings, published in Biology Letters (doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.1069), suggest that the human brain develops this important social skill surprisingly early in infancy.

Children as young as five months old will follow the gaze of an adult towards an object and engage in joint attention, according to research at Birkbeck, University of London, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council. The findings, published in Biology Letters (doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.1069), suggest that the human brain develops this important social skill surprisingly early in infancy.

Espinosa Alonso, a chemist from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, used four different spectroscopic techniques to study catalysts in the course of their preparation: UV-vis-NIR-microspectroscopy, IR microspectroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and tomographic energy dispersive diffraction imaging (TEDDI). Whilst MRI and TEDDI are already frequently used in other research fields, but they are not commonly used to study the preparation of catalysts.

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.

Milk powder is one of the most heavily regulated food products in China, and is becoming increasingly so in the rest of the world. Milk powder, especially when it comprises an ingredient of baby formula milk powder, has attracted considerable attention. Recently, several thousand babies in China became ill, having suffered acute kidney failure, with several fatalities, after being fed formula milk powder contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine.

Fibre Photonics Ltd will partner the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry and the Institute of Photonics at the University of Strathclyde in the SPIRIT Studentship programme. The planned project will enhance real-time analysis of chemical and biological systems through novel fibre optic based spectroscopic systems in the mid-IR and NIR. www.fibrephotonics.com
Fibre Photonics has appointed Dr Des Gibson as non-executive director. He brings 25 years experience in the optics and opto­electronics industry within both blue-chip and start-up companies. www.fibrephotonics.com
Volcano Corp., who produce products for the diagnosis and treatment of coronary and peripheral artery disease, have acquired Axsun Technologies. www.volcanocorp.com, www.axsun.com
Guided Wave Inc. has completed the acquisition of Aspectrics. Aspectrics will be merged into Guided Wave’s operation in CA, USA. www.guided-wave.com, www.aspectrics.com
InfraScan has obtained the CE mark for its Infrascanner hand-held brain haematoma detector, which will allow it to start European sales. The Infrascanner works by detecting the differential NIR absorption of a haematoma and normal brain tissue. www.infrascanner.com
Jasco Europe have concluded the celebrations of Jasco’s 50th anniversary by moving into new facilities in Cremella, Italy. The 1400 m2 new office includes sales and marketing operations, a service and customer support department, logistics, IT and a manufacturing area. www.jasco-europe.com