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COVID-19 Focus

19 Mar 2021

Researchers at the University of Surrey have found that LC-MS and PLS of non-invasive skin swab samples may be enough to detect COVID-19.

11 Mar 2021

Mass spectrometry can be used to identify Parkinson’s based on compounds found on the surface of skin. The findings offer hope that a pioneering new test could be developed to diagnose the degenerative condition through a simple skin swab.

5 Jan 2021

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.

22 Dec 2020

Strong investment in photonics will help us fight infectious diseases that kill an unimaginable number of people and prepare us against future pandemics, says Dr Jürgen Popp of the Leibniz Center for Photonics in Infection Research (LPI) that is currently under construction in Jena.

9 Dec 2020

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Project Hub for Microelectronic and Optical Systems for Biomedicine MEOS are now developing solutions designed to enable the analysis of breath gas for the diagnosis of disease including posisbly COVID-19.

29 Oct 2020

Initial findings from a new study using gas chromatography-ion mobility spectrometry has shown how Covid-19 can be detected via a non-invasive breath test, providing almost instant results.

25 Sep 2020

Researchers combined AFM-IR and TERS to study the surfaces and interiors of viruses.

12 Aug 2020

Bruker is supporting the international Covid19-NMR Consortium for structure–function and inhibitor binding investigations of SARS-CoV-2 RNA and proteins.

7 Aug 2020

A research programme is investigating the prognostic value of skin findings associated with COVID-19 infection using a portable hyperspectral imaging system.

10 Jun 2020

Tony Davies and Mohan Cashyap discuss this topic with help from a number of industry experts. Whilst there are undoubted computing and networking issues for regulated industries in allowing working from home as if the user was in the lab, they are not insurmountable.

1 Jun 2020

Bruker is partnering with the Australian National Phenome Centre which has launched a major research and diagnostics project to better understand COVID-19.

28 May 2020

The COVID-19 MS Coalition of more than 500 scientists from around the world has been created to share data on COVID-19 gleaned from the use of mass spectrometry techniques to examine people’s blood and other biomarkers.

9 Apr 2020

With a significant proportion of our regular readership probably under home lock-down, we were wondering if we could help you at this difficult time by pointing out some useful online resources. So, when we finally come out of this pandemic, you could do so better skilled and more up-to-date than when we went in to it.

Photo of hand sanitiser being applied
3 Apr 2020

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.