Once again developments in portable instruments lead to greater ease of use and the ability to measure far more samples. They describe the application of FT-IR, NIR and XRF spectroscopies to the development of the National Soils Inventory of Scotland, and their work in developing the use of handheld instruments, particularly FT-IR spectrometers.
Spectro Analytical Instruments have announced an upgrade of the Spectro xSort handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer
Several earthworm species secrete very small granules of calcium carbonate, and the authors think these are involved in pH regulation. These granules contain different polymorphs of calcium carbonate, including the amorphous form which is very unstable in the laboratory. To investigate this they have FT-IR spectroscopy and mapping, and are continuing this work with Ca XANES.
Swiss researchers improve an interferometry technique by utilising the interference fringe, an aspect previously viewed as a nuisance, and increase the efficiency of X-ray flux.
This article looks at the use of Raman and XRF spectroscopies to investigate the different deterioration processes caused by marine aerosols. These techniques can detect the decay compounds and the original composition of the different materials from historical buildings close to the sea, which can then be used to explain the reactions that take place on them....
An international research team has shown, using XRF that the iron in Tutankhamun’s dagger blade is of meteoritic origin.
Researchers from Leiden and Delft are using Macro X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (MA-XRF) to read remains of medieval manuscripts hidden inside the bindings which had been “recycled” after the Middle Ages.
Rigaku’s ZSX Primus IV is a tube-above, wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorscence spectrometer with improved functionality and performance
New spectroscopy releases at Pittcon 2016, along with links to further information.
Spectro Analytical Instruments have introduced a new line of Spectro Xepos spectrometers with improved sensitivity
Andor Technology has introduced the new iKon-XL “open-front” (‘SO’) 16-Megapixel CCD camera platform for vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and soft X-ray direct detection.
An international group of scientists from Poland, Austria and the UK have used X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopy at the UK’s Diamond Light Source to advance our understanding of the changes taking place during the progression of brain cancer. This research may lead the way to a new tumour assessment method which could complement traditional approaches.
Applied Rigaku Technologies has appointed Koehler Instrument Company as global distributor for the petroleum industry.
The combination of X-ray structure analysis, infrared spectroscopy and computer simulations has been used to study the switch proteins Ran and Ras with subatomic resolution.
Rigaku Corporation has announced the next generation NanoHunter II benchtop total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF) spectrometer.
A team of researchers from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, have used a high-power, transportable XRF spectrometer to analyse artefacts from ancient Greece.
Rigaku Corporation has announced the next generation Rigaku NANOHUNTER II benchtop total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF) spectrometer that enables high-sensitivity ultra-trace elemental analysis, in liquids or on solid surfaces, to the parts-per-billion (ppb) level. Total reflection X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy is a method by which an incident beam of X-rays just grazes the sample,...
A major advance in solution-phase soft X-ray spectroscopy has been achieved utilising a new liquid flatjet system, paving the way for novel steady-state and time-resolved experiments.
The xrFuse range of electric fusion machines from XRF Scientific is available as six-position high-volume and two-position compact models. Ceramic cradle and holders ensure that the environment for creating beads has zero contamination. The machines have been designed to allow for both pre-heating and ICP processes. A simple touch screen user interface is flexible enough to cope with a simple...
Yvonne Fors, Håkan Grudd, Anders Rindby and Lennart Bornmalm tell us about “X-ray fluorescence for cultural heritage: scanning biochemical fingerprints in archaeological shipwrecks”. Two outstanding examples of the preservation of wood are the warships Vasa, in Stockholm and the Mary Rose in Portsmouth and this article looks at the role XRF has played in the preservation of the wood of both...
The authors describe the use of a range of complementary methods to explore cellular, physiological and behavioural mechanisms underlying Al accumulation and toxicity, and its eventual fate, using the pond snail as a model organism.
Industrial environments pose potentially hazardous situations whereby workers may be exposed to various airborne toxic elements in their breathing zone. One of the main aerosol fractions of interest is welding fume, which can be determined with XRF spectrometry.
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