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The new UV-3600 UV-vis-NIR spectrophotometer from Shimadzu is equipped with three detectors, a photomultiplier tube for the UV/vis range and InGaAs and PbS detectors for the NIR range, ensuring high sensitivity over the entire measurement range and achieving low noise levels. A high-performance double monochromator ensures low stray light at high resolution and the measurement range varies from 185 nm to 3300 nm, enabling analysis in a wide variety of applications. There is a large sample compartment and integrating sphere attachment for measurement of solid samples and an ASR attachment ensuring that high-accuracy absolute reflectance measurements are possible. Additional accessories expand the range of measurement possibilities and UV Probe software enables easy data analysis and processing functions and provides security features and an audit trail.Shimadzu Europa GmbHIssue: 19/05 RSN:

Hamamatsu Photonics has introduced the S9972 and S9973 series of CCD area image sensors, which have been designed specifically for low light level measurements in the near infrared. Featuring 1024 × 124 and 1024 × 252 pixels, with individual pixel size of 24

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:

The NIR (900–2500 nm) region was largely neglected by analysts for many years because of the complex nature of the spectra produced by water, proteins etc. in this region. However, thanks to the many and varied multivariate mathematical calibration approaches now available, broadly described by the term “chemometrics”, it has recently found new and important applications, particularly in the pharmaceutical and food industries for raw material and Quality Assurance procedures.

NIRFlex Solids Transmission is the latest addition to the range of sampling options for the Büchi NIRFlex N- 500 FT-NIR spectrometer which is designed to perform transmission measurements on solid forms such as tablets or capsules in a simple and easy way. It uses a low energy source which avoids overheating of the samples, has a high dynamic photometric range which generates spectra with an optimised signal-to-noise ratio and has sample plates, all of which are customised for optimum measurement conditions of every kind of tablet, which are specially designed and coated to prevent stray light caused by light passing round the side of the tablets. The robust design of the measurement cell with its fixed detector position and the direct drive of the sample plate ensures reproducibility and a long lifetime.Buchi Labortechnik AGIssue: 19/04 RSN:

A range of spectrophotometer cells with precisely controlled path lengths down to 8 µm are available from Starna. The cells are suitable for the measurement of low transmittance samples when dilution is not an option. To achieve the necessary accuracy required, the path length is measured by NIR interferometry. Using this technique, absolute path lengths in the range of 8–200 µm can be measured. The cells are manufactured in an ISO 9001:2000 environment meeting the latest ISO 9001 standards. Windows are in UV grade quartz and the cells are available in fully fused, demountable and flow cell formats and can be used in any conventional spectrophotometer.Starna ScientificIssue: 19/04 RSN:

Researchers at Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH, USA) have devised a new, potentially more accurate method for diagnosing breast cancer. They use MRI to produce an image of the breast and highlight potential cancerous sites. NIR spectroscopy is then used on these sites, giving information on haemoglobin levels, oxygen saturation and water content. These are indicators of cancerous tissue.

Their work is published in Optics Letters, doi: 10.1364/OL.32.000933

Malvern Instruments has won an Innovation Award for its SyNIRgi NIR chemical imaging system. The award was in the Materials Analysis and Characterisation section and was chosen from exhibitors at the Powtech/Technopharm congress in Nürnberg, Germany.
Thermo Fisher Scientific has entered into an agreement with Aspectrics to include Grams spectroscopy software in Aspectrics’ new encoded photometric NIR process analyser.,

Shou-He YanUniversité catholique de Louvain (UCL), Unité de Biochimie de la Nutrition (BNUT), Croix du Sud 2/8, 1348 Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium. E-mail:

A.M.C. DaviesNorwich Near Infrared Consultancy, 75 Intwood Road, Cringleford, Norwich NR4 6AA, UK.

Büchi has announced a new 1.2 version of their NIRWare database-oriented software which ensures full traceability and is fully compliant with 21 CFR Part 11. The NIRWare 1.2 application designer allows the development of all possible NIR applications with the NIRFlex N-500 spectrometer quickly and easily. Features include the content uniformity test, implementation of the most recent procedures and formulae according to the US, European and Japanese Pharmacopoeias and Operator with its clear and intuitive interface which can be tailored to specific requirements including several entry fields for sample and SOP information.Buchi Labortechnik AGIssue: 19/02 RSN:

Cascading libraries are now available in the Foss Vision software. Cascading libraries confirm the identification of a sample against multiple libraries within one routine operation method. Validation is not needed for the cascade of libraries as validation of each library is performed in qualitative analysis/library validation mode. Results of each library test appear in the routine analysis results report which also lists which library the sample is being tested against.Foss NIRSystems Inc.Issue: 19/02 RSN:

Bio-Rad Laboratories have announced the launch of their new spectroscopy reference database and software product, KnowItAll U, for academic research and teaching. The new product represents a combination of reference data, tools and technologies that will assist faculty, staff and students in their scholarly research. An annual site license includes a collection of software tools and over 1.2 million spectra, including all their own and John Wiley IR, NIR, NMR and MS spectra, Professor Robien, University of Vienna's, NMR spectra, access to the SpectraBase community database, a peer-reviewable database edited and reviewed by selected members of the community, the KnowItAll Informatics system and the KnowItAll AnyWare web browser.Bio-Rad LaboratoriesIssue: 19/02 RSN:

Shimadzu has completed the restructuring of its European business, which has involved focusing on establishing independent companies in major markets and countries throughout Europe. Shimadzu in Germany is now managed by Jürgen Semmler who joined Shimadzu in 1987.

New CRMs for the near infrared region of the spectrum are now available from Starna. This new NIR reference provides 13 certified and traceable peak values using a new material developed by their Technical Division. This addition to the Starna catalogue of heat-sealed traceable CRMs comes in a new format. 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 which, in this orientation, has a reflective coating on the rear cell window.Starna ScientificIssue: 19/01 RSN:

Axsun Technologies has appointed Dr Andrew Grady as Director of European Sales.
Urodynamix Technologies has initiated the first US-based clinical study to assess the effectiveness of its NIR spectroscopy urodynamics device for measuring bladder function in male subjects with obstruction or lower urinary tract symptoms.

Erik SkibstedNovo Nordisk, CMC Supply, Analytical Development, Denmark. E-mail:

The Agronir project by researchers at the Public University of Navarra has been awarded a prize for the best transfer of research in the Ideactive competition. The research team, lead by Carmen Jarén Ceballos with Arantza Ursua and Gloria Bergera, used NIR spectroscopy to quantify nutritional components in foodstuffs such as fats, proteins and carbohydrates, as well as parameters such as humidity and ash. The research is now being turned into a business project.