Bruker has launched the new INVENIO™ FT-IR research spectrometer with multi-detector operation and intelligent features.
The Thermo Scientific ConservatIR FT-IR external reflection enables analysis of large objects outside the instrument sample chamber, including works of art.
SouthNest Technology were showing their nanoFTIR miniature FT-NIR spectrometer. This has a wavelength range of 1000–2600 nm and a resolution of 6 nm. It weighs 220 g and has dimensions of 143 × 49 × 28 mm. It has a SMA 905 fibre optic connection and interfaces with a PC via a USB connection.
Diffuse reflectance mid-infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy identifies key variations in Alaskan soils, quickly providing insights into carbon levels.
Shimadzu has released the IRSpirit series of FT-IR spectrophotometers. The two new systems provide the same sample compartment width as Shimadzu’s standard model while being only one-third of its size. They both are capable of using either Shimadzu’s accessories or optional products from other manufacturers.
Bruker has launched the Alpha II, the latest in the Alpha series of compact FT-IR spectrometers, with fully-automated test routines for operational qualification (OQ) and performance validation (PQ).
Simple, cost-effective FT-IR microscope with a large field of view aimed at non-expert users. Library searches can be performed via the OMNIC software. Applications include contaminants in food products, identification of defects in plastics, polymers, paints etc., and in teaching labs.
Extends the wavelength coverage of the Vertex 80v FT-IR spectrometer into the THz range. The existing infrared ranges and continuous-wave THz can be used in the same sample compartment, share the same accessories and the evacuated optics bench. With the extension, wavelength range is from <3 cm–1 to 50,000 cm–1 without cryogenically cooled components.
Process FT-IR gas analyser designed for continuous operation without the need for operator intervention. A health monitoring program runs in the background to ensure all measurements are correct. Measurements are performed in real-time and multiple gas components can be measured simultaneously, with no need for carrier or reference gases.
FT-IR-based laboratory gas analyser with a patented 24-bit sampling algorithm for optimal dynamic range. Permanently aligned optics with a Jacquinot stop in the interferometer output beam provide accurate and stable line shape as well as wavelength and resolution stability. This helps achieve ppb-level gas analyses with a standard DTGS detector.
University of Sydney researchers have used infrared spectroscopy to spotlight changes in tiny cell fragments called microvesicles to probe their role in a model of the body’s immunological response to bacterial infection.
Researchers at Lancaster University have used infrared spectroscopy to detect subtle early warning signs that reveal a frog population is at risk from pollution.
Shimadzu has released the first EDX-FT-IR contaminant finder/material inspector, which integrates and analyses data acquired from both an ED XRF spectrometer and a FT-IR spectrophotometer.
Traceable, polystyrene film references for mid-IR and NIR from Starna
Researchers have reported a new development of hyperspectral infrared nanoimaging. It is based on Fourier transform infrared nanospectroscopy (nano-FT-IR) and enables highly sensitive spectroscopic imaging of chemical composition with nanoscale spatial resolution.
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.
Benchtop mid-IR and NIR as well as portable NIR instruments are used for quick and non-invasive quality control of this traditional Chinese medicine. Adulterations could be detected, as well as the raw herbs and different sources of the Si-Wu-Tang. The success of the mobile NIR instrument is particularly interesting due to the growing interest in such technology for its ease-of-use and cost....
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.
FT-IR spectroscopy can greatly increase the amount of information that can be extracted from a protein microarray. High-quality spectra can be obtained from spots of protein no larger than the diameter of a human hair.
Mark Tobin and colleagues describe “Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and imaging of dragonfly, damselfly and cicada wing membranes”. Insects and plants have evolved highly specialised surfaces such as being highly water repellent or superhydrophobic, which also confers self cleaning properties. This is of interest to materials scientists to help in the development of manufactured...
Applied Instrument Technologies’ Analect RefinIR is an integrated laboratory autosampler and FT-IR instrument designed to measure liquid hydrocarbons, including gasoline, diesel and crude oils in a single autosampler. It includes the Analect Diamond 20 Transept interferometer platform with the improved DCM 600 data acquisition electronics. The autosampler can be heated up to 125°C to allow...
Daylight Solutions, Inc., has received two new awards for their Spero™ microscope. Spero was awarded the 6th Annual Microscopy Today Innovation Award and was also named a finalist in the 2015 R&D 100 Awards taking place later this year.
“From lake ecology to biofuels—applications of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy to algal research” is the topic of Andrew Dean, Jon Pittman and David Sigee. Algae are essential for our continued live on Earth, and FT-IR spectroscopy can increase our understanding of their physiology and biotech potential.
“Optical spectroscopy in therapy response monitoring: an awakening giant” by Arja Kullaa, Surya Singh, Jopi Mikkonen and Arto Koistinen looks at the important advances made by optical spectroscopy techniques, such as diffuse optical spectroscopic imaging (DOSI), Raman, diffuse reflectance and fluorescence spectroscopy, in changing how cancer is managed in patients. The ability to repeatedly...
“Shedding light on plant biology by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy of pollen” by Boris Zimmermann and Achim Kohler. Currently, pollen identification is mostly done under a light microscope. FT-IR spectroscopy of pollen grains provides rapid and simple identification of pollen, with the added benefit of providing environmental information.
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