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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.

17 Apr 2019

The ABS Trust is seeking applications for the Gordon F. Kirkbright bursary award and the new Edward Steers bursary, both open to early career scientists.

8 Mar 2019

A review reports on developments and prospects in the field of atomic and molecular broadband spectroscopy with frequency combs.

7 Mar 2019

While spectroscopic measurements are normally averaged over myriad molecules, a new method developed by researchers at the Technical University of Munich provides precise information about the interaction of individual molecules with their environment.

6 Mar 2019

2D laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy imaging of shell growth rings is revealing previously hidden data of marine climate change.

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.

27 Feb 2019

The XMaS beamline at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility is to undergo a major upgrade over the next 18 months.

12 Feb 2019

Researchers in Switzerland and Russia have developed a miniature frequency comb (1 cm3) that can be mass produced.

Drawing of a DNA strand being lifted by an AFM tip with a spectrum in the background.
8 Feb 2019

Physicists from the University of Basel have developed a new method to examine the elasticity and binding properties of DNA molecules on a surface at extremely low temperatures. With a combination of cryo-force spectroscopy and computer simulations, they were able to show that DNA molecules behave like a chain of small coil springs.

31 Jan 2019

imec have developed an on-chip solution for Raman spectroscopy that could be used to manufacture high-performance, handheld Raman devices; perhaps even in smartphones.

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.

21 Jan 2019

A new sensor fusion technique based on X-ray and 3D imaging promises improvements to the 3D modelling of mineral resources and more efficient sorting of precious metals.

21 Jan 2019

When assessing a burn patient, doctors use factors such as the depth and size of the burn, as well as the time required for re-epithelialisation. Another, possibly more accurate way to classify burn severity has been developed through analysing the proteome of blister fluid by mass spectrometry.

21 Jan 2019

Researchers at MIT have developed a way to dramatically enhance the sensitivity of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy using pulsed dynamic nuclear polarisation.

18 Jan 2019

Scientists from the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy have carried out the first attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy (ATAS) experiment on a polyatomic molecule.

16 Jan 2019

Research at NPL has revealed unusual qualities in light with future applications for synchronously pumped optical frequency comb generation and resonator-based sensor technologies.

15 Jan 2019

A range of components for miniaturised mid-IR gas sensors from source to detector have been developed by the Horizon 2020 project MIREGAS.

14 Jan 2019

Pairs of negatively charged phosphate groups and positive magnesium ions represent a key structural feature of DNA and RNA embedded in water. Vibrations of phosphate groups via 2D-IR spectroscopy have now been established as selective probes of such contact pairs and allow for a mapping of interactions and structure on the ultrafast time scales of molecular dynamics.

11 Jan 2019

EU grant worth EUR 2 million for the development of a new approach in optical spectroscopy of the superheavy elements.

11 Jan 2019

A new method to measure circular dichroism in real-time (1 ps to 1 ns) allows measurements into the deep UV.