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Rigaku Analytical Devices has published a new application report describing the use of handheld 1064 nm Raman analysers for a variety of applications involved in the manufacture and testing of hand sanitiser.

This application note uses Raman spectroscopy to investigate three polymers, polyethylene (PE), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and nylon-6.

Robust and reliable analytical methods are essential in the food industry to ensure that products are sold free of adulteration and safe for human consumption. Food crime is defined as “serious fraud and related criminality in food supply chains”. This description covers a broad range of activities from theft to document fraud, and Raman spectroscopy can be useful in detecting the adulteration and substitution aspect of food crime. Raman spectroscopy’s unique fingerprint-like spectrum can be used to identify adulterants rapidly and reproducibly.

A new application report from Applied Rigaku Technologies presents a method for the investigation of unknown sample materials by EDXRF for industrial forensics analyses.

Electron Multiplying CCD (EMCCD) cameras can be used to detect very weak signals, which would otherwise be lost within the noise floor of the camera.

The size aggregation of nanoparticles are studied in this application note for the optimisation of SERS for glucose sensing.

The reduction of PtVI to PtII in chemotherapy drugs is studied in this application.

The measurement of fluorescence lifetimes provides a wealth of information on the sample under study.

A new application report from Applied Rigaku Technologies details the elemental analysis of carbon black and related products by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence.

Engineering new materials with unique and valuable electronic and optical properties is paramount in the design of new devices from memory storage to creating the next generation of photovoltaic solar cells. Having the ability to measure and quantify the energies and lifetimes of photo-generated excited states is of utmost importance in the design of molecules that possess the desirable traits needed for these applications.

Photo of hand sanitiser being applied

The most important parameter to consider in compounding hand sanitiser is the alcohol content. It has also been determined that hand sanitiser with alcohol concentration below 60% (v/v) is not effective and could leave the user at higher risk of infection. This application note describes the use of FT-IR spectroscopy to determine ethanol and isopropanol in hand sanitiser.

NIR spectroscopy analysers can be used in the field to correctly identify species of similar-looking fish.

Characterisation of the absorbance, emission and lifetime of novel quantum dot emitters helps establish structure–property relationships.

For certain molecules and samples, “normal” Raman spectroscopic data can be enhanced by controlling the polarisation of light exciting the sample, and of light scattering from it. Analysis of Raman spectra gathered using this technique can provide information about the molecular structure of a sample, including the symmetry of its vibrational modes, as well as information about highly-ordered samples, such as crystals, polymers, and carbon materials.

MetID typically requires analysis of mass spectrometry (MS) data to identify metabolic “hot spots” and elucidate biotransformation pathways. This remains the primary challenge despite significant instrumental and software advances. MetaSense™ overcomes these challenges and allows users to save time and improve collaborations.

This work builds on our previous study of arsenic species in apple juice by incorporating several improvements to the methodology and exploring the analysis more deeply.

In this article, three real-life Raman quantitative and semi-quantitative analysis applications are discussed. These applications showcase the versatility of Raman spectroscopy and the potential impact that it can make in various industries.

The inability to have children can cause great heartache for many couples, with infertility affecting at least one-in-six couples in Britain and one-in-eight in the United States. The most common cause is male infertility, usually characterised by sperm with little or no mobility. One treatment commonly used in these cases is in vitro fertilisation (IVF). This involves injecting sperm into the egg in a laboratory.

There are three main classes of triglycerides—saturated fats, and unsaturated trans-fats and cis-fats. Unsaturation indicates the triglyceride contains one or more carbon–carbon double bonds. Most natural oils like vegetable oil consist of cis-fats and are poly-unsaturated, meaning they contain more than one double bond. The cis nature prevents solidification of the fat; trans-fats solidify more readily, which can lead to blockages in the bloodstream. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy functions well to analyse trans-fats.

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.