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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.
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.

Foss NIRSystems has developed new disposable vials for the XDS Rapid Liquid Analyser. The new glass vials have an outer diameter of 2 mm and a height of 50 mm and are developed specifically for solutions with high water content and will complement the already existing 4 mm and 8 mm disposable vials.Foss NIRSystems Inc.Issue: 20/06 RSN:

AP Technologies has announced the international release of Opto Diode Corporation's ODA-5W-100k, which combines a high responsivity 5 mm2 active area silicon photodiode with a low-noise preamplifier with 100 kOhm transimpedance gain. The standard red/NIR-enhanced device has a responsivity of 63 V µW–1 at 940 nm and a frequency response of 500 kHz with a low offset voltage (±1 mV) and dark offset noise of 1 mV rms. It operates from ±5 V to ±15 V and is supplied in an hermetically sealed TO-39 can with operating and storage temperature ranges of –25°C to +100°C. Applications for these devices are low-light-level tasks, where electrical noise can effect the photodiode signal if the detector and amplifier are separate components on a circuit board, such as medical diagnostics, test and measurement, fluorescence detection and spectroscopy.AP Technologies LimitedIssue: 20/06 RSN:

Oseir Ltd has introduced a new tuneable multi-stage optical bandpass filter for use in practical spectral 2-D imaging applications. It can be connected to CCD cameras, microscopes or used with a white light source to produce a tuneable light source. It can be tuned in the wavelength range from 450 nm to 800 nm and the bandwidth can be optimised by the number of stacked filter elements. Other wavelength ranges will also be possible by selecting the optical materials to produce a filter for NIR or UV ranges.Oseir LimitedIssue: 20/05 RSN:

Princeton Instrument has introduced three new configurations for its LS 785 NIR lens spectrograph, which have been designed specifically for Raman and fluorescence applications which require high throughput. The new systems pair the company's Pixis deep- depletion CCD cameras with the Acton Series LS 785 spectrographs to provide a spectrometer that is easy to use and configure. The three configurations include a system optimised for high signal-to-noise ratio, one for higher spectral rate and the third designed for higher performance on a fixed budget.Princeton Instruments ActonIssue: 20/05 RSN:

Hamamatsu Photonics has announced its new thermo-electrically cooled NIR modules. The spectrometer modules consist of a palm-top size polychromator with integrated optical elements, an InGaAs linear image sensor optimised for the required wavelength range and a driver circuit and integrated USB interface to allow simple PC connection and data acquisition. The modules are initially offered in two ranges. The C9913GC series features a spectral response range from 900 nm to 1700 nm using a standard InGaAs image sensor and the C9914GB series features a spectral response range from 1100 nm to 2200 nm using an extended response InGaAs linear image sensor. Both modules are supplied with sample software which allows the user to set the measurement conditions, acquire and save data and then display it graphically. Using the USB interface means that no external power supply is required so that, together with its compact size, it can even be assembled into portable ­equipment.Hamamatsu Photonics (UK) LtdIssue: 20/05 RSN:

A.M.C. Daviesa and Tom FearnbaNorwich Near Infrared Consultancy, 75 Intwood Road, Cringleford, Norwich NR4 6AA, UK. E-mail: of Statistical Science, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK. E-mail:

Interview with Martin Gerlach, Bayer Technology Services

Antony Neil Daviesa and Martin GerlachbaExternal Professor, University of Glamorgan, UK. Director, ALIS Ltd, and ALIS GmbH–Analytical Laboratory Informatics SolutionsbVice President, PMT Process Analyzer Technology, Bayer Technology Services GmbH, Leverkusen, Germany

A.M.C. DaviesNorwich Near Infrared Consultancy, 75 Intwood Road, Cringleford, Norwich NR4 6AA, UK. E-mail: FearnDepartment of Statistical Science, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK. E-mail:

A new report Spectrometers, Spectrophotometers and Spectrofluorometers: A Global Strategic Business Report published by Global Industry Analysts presents some interesting facts and projections about the market for spectroscopic instrumentation. The global market is projected to reach $10.5billion by 2010. Whilst it is no surprise that the areas of drug discovery and development, proteomics, metabolomics and genomics are highlighted and the use of mass spectrometry within them, the report recognises that developments in NIR and mid-IR are "gradually expanding use into novel applications", particularly medical and pharmaceutical. Research efforts on developing non-invasive NIR techniques to look at haemodynamics of tissue samples in vivo and at blood delivery for injured tissues are picked out.

Europe is the second largest market after the USA, but the economic expansion in Asian research and industrial markets "spell new opportunities for spectrometry". NMR is the fastest growing segment within the molecular spectroscopy market, although the report identifies that the US and European markets are nearly saturated and developing regions are "yet to witness rapid proliferation".

Aspectrics has appointed Scientific Support Services as exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for their range of EP-NIR biodiesel analysers.,
Jasco is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the analytical instrument market. It was founded in 1958 by a group of researchers at the Institute of Optics of Tsukuba University. It has now grown to a global corporation located in over 57 countries.

New liquid certified reference materials for the NIR region of the spectrum are now available from Starna. The Starna NIR reference provides 13 certified and traceable peak values using a new material developed by the company. This new heat-sealed traceable liquid CRM comes in a format where, in one orientation, it can be used as a 10 mm path length transmittance reference and, when rotated by 90°, becomes a 5 mm transflectance reference—in this orientation the rear cell window has a reflective coating. All Starna references are produced in an ISO Guide 34/ISO 17025 accredited environment, satisfying ILAC guidelines.Starna ScientificIssue: 20/01 RSN:

Scientists from the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Essex have received a grant of £28,571 from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to help in their studies of the use of near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy to determine the levels of oxygen in muscle. This helps athletes to optimise their training schedules and racing strategies. The funding will help design and develop a lightweight, portable device that can be worn comfortably in training and feed information wirelessly in real time to the coach. This will allow optimal targeting of training sessions in the field.

Professor Chris Cooper, Professor Ralph Beneke and Dr Caroline Angus of Essex’s Medical Optics Group will be working with physicists, engineers and computer scientists at University College London who will design the instrumentation. The Essex team will be carrying out testing and optimisation.

Professor Cooper explains that “exercise uses up oxygen and therefore how much oxygen is in the muscle is a measure of whether the oxygen being delivered is keeping up with its consumption. The key to the project is to take this data from the scientists to the coaches so they can use it to help optimise the way athletes warm up, or to design pacing strategies telling athletes when it’s the right time for them to speed up or conserve energy during a race.”

The team aims to have a working prototype in trials by spring 2008. For more information see and an article by Caroline Angus in NIR news last year (

A.M.C. Daviesa and Tom FearnbaNorwich Near Infrared Consultancy, 75 Intwood Road, Cringleford, Norwich NR4 6AA, UK. E-mail: of Statistical Science, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK. E-mail:

Bio-Rad's Informatics Division has received a Silver Award for its KnowItAll spectroscopy software in Scientific Computing's readers' choice awards. This is the 10th year in a row that Bio-Rad has been recognised in the spectroscopy software category.
Malvern Instruments' Chief Technology Officer, Neil Lewis, has been honoured by the University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, UK, with the award of an Honorary Doctorate of Science for his contribution to science and innovation.
Perten Instruments and Monsanto have announced a collaboration to develop process analytical tools to help ethanol plants gain efficiency in their production process. The collaboration will focus on the development and application of technology to monitor the operating conditions and improve the efficiency of ethanol production.,

Aspectrics has extended its biodiesel portfolio by launching the Biodiesel Quality Analyser 1000. The new analyser incorporates Aspectrics' EP-NIR technology, a robust sampling interface and an easy to use graphical user interface. It features a number of pre- calibration applications to expedite set up and on-going analyses. In addition, new calibrations can be added to meet future testing requirements. This new turnkey solution enables users to analyse incoming raw materials as well as finished products for contaminates such as water percentage, methanol concentration, total glycerine, bound glycerine and free fatty acids. It has been specifically designed for the harsh environment of the biodiesel production plant as is easy to clean, service and operate.AspectricsIssue: 19/06 RSN: