This week’s newsletter celebrates citizen science, particularly in the analysis of food.


But what impact could putting analytical power in public hands have on our research… and our lives? Michel Nielen explores these questions and his own Food Smartphone project in our recent cover feature “Empowering the Analytical Scientist in Everyone.” Also included is my own editorial on the topic, as well as a longer interview with Michel and a quick infographic on the issue of food fraud. Happy reading! Matt Hallam, Editor.

Weekly Spotlight

Learn how a routine triple quadrupole LC/MS/MS workflow has been implemented for the rapid quantitation of 510 pesticide residues according to SANTE 12682/2019 guidelines. The workflow includes sample preparation, chromatographic separation, mass spectrometry detection, data analysis, and interpretation.


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A Democracy for Discovery
07/13/2021 | Matt Hallam
Could citizen-driven analytical science supercharge change?
Empowering the Analytical Scientist in Everyone
07/08/2021 | Michel Nielen, Aydogan Ozcan, Jeroen Jansen
Placing analytical power in public hands could transform the way we conduct science
A Selective Food Directive
Michel discusses his meteoric career on the frontline of food research
Infographic: Fare Share
We explore the stats behind food fraud across the globe
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