Informing Spectroscopists for Over 40 Years


7 Oct 2019

NIR spectroscopy has been used to detect the presence of cholesterol in the arteries of mummified people who lived thousands of years ago.

25 Sep 2019

fNIRS could help diagnose pain in non-communicative patients.

18 Jul 2019

We are sad to announce that Karl Norris passed away peacefully on 17 July 2019 at the age of 98.

21 Jun 2019

The secret of how seals are able to spend 90 % of their lives at sea holding their breath, without starving their brains of oxygen, has been revealed using NIR spectroscopy.

7 May 2019

The Karl Norris Award winner for 2019 is Graeme Batten.

7 May 2019

The winner of the 2019 Tomas Hirschfeld Award is José Manuel Amigo Rubio. José obtained his PhD (Cum Laude) in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Since 2007, he has been employed at the Department of Food Science of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and also as Guest Professor of the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, since 2017. José’s research interests include NIR hyperspectral and multispectral image analysis in different research fields including food production, pharmaceutical research, forensic sciences.

5 Mar 2019

A small group of plants known as “resurrection plants” can survive months or even years without water. NIR spectroscopy and aquaphotomics have made a significant step forward in understanding how they do it.

24 Jan 2019

Plastics recycling is complicated by the need to recycle similar plastics together. The presence of flame retardants in plastics also needs to be identified, and NIR hyperspectral imaging can do this.

10 Jan 2019

A miniature food scanner based on NIR spectroscopy will allow consumers and supermarket operators to determine the ripeness and shelf life of produce and display the results via an app.

9 Jan 2019

The NeoSpectra-Micro chip-scale, near infrared spectral sensor has been customised for use in Henkel Beauty Care’s Schwarzkopf Professional SalonLab Smart Analyzer for hairdressers.

9 Nov 2018

BASF hopes that an infrared sensor developed by a spin-off company will be integrated into smartphones by 2022 and provide NIR analysis of food by consumers.

19 Oct 2018

An arthroscopic near infrared spectroscopic probe for evaluation of articular cartilage and subchondral bone structure and composition could improve early detection of cartilage lesions.

8 Oct 2018

Outdoor bronze statues suffer from corrosion by the urban atmosphere. Short wavelength infrared hyperspectral imaging can determine the spatial distribution of corrosion products on the statue, none of which can be recognised by visual observation.

27 Jul 2018

Metrohm AG has acquired B&W Tek’s Spectroscopy Solution business, B&W Tek LLC, as well as several overseas subsidiaries.

24 May 2018

NIR spectroscopy has been shown to be a cheap and effective tool that could save lives by helping health authorities target mosquitoes infected with Zika virus.

23 May 2018

The winner of the 2018 Tomas Hirschfeld Award is Professor Christian Huck.

13 Mar 2018

The final step in pharmaceutical production is often tableting. Near infrared chemical imaging can be used to monitor inconsistencies in the powder that will become the tablet, which have been introduced by mechanical processes in the tableting equipment and can lead to out of specification tablets.

22 Feb 2018

Smart garments using embedded near infrared spectroscopy sensors are being developed at the University of British Columbia.

22 Dec 2017

NIR hyperspectral imaging can be used to control the addition of seed treatment products to monitor dosage levels and coverage.

20 Oct 2017

Observing the crucial first few femtoseconds of photochemical reactions requires tools typically not available in the femtochemistry toolkit. Such dynamics are now within reach with the instruments provided by attosecond science. In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers from Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) characterise one of the fastest internal conversion processes in a molecule studied to date.