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Fields & Applications Liquid Chromatography, Spectroscopy, Gas Chromatography, Clinical, Metabolomics & Lipidomics

Hot Topics: Most Read Articles 2017

1.    Thirty Years of Chromatography Research

Pat Sandra founded the Research Institute for Chromatography in 1986 and it has been an outlet for his passion for separation science ever since. He reflects on three decades of change – and offers a glimpse of the field’s future.

2.    Breaking it Down: Three Gurus of LIBS

Three experts take stock of the last 20 years of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, including technological advances, LIBS on Mars and the search for a killer application – asking if LIBS is finally ready to spread its wings.

3.    Texas Titan

We Sit Down With Kevin Schug to discuss his ambition and love of shiny objects. “Analytical chemistry is a wonderful field in that there’s a vast array of unanswered questions and ways to approach them – that makes it very exciting.”

4.    Three. That's the Magic Number

3D printing provides the exquisitely detailed, perfectly controlled structures needed to render 3D-LC a reality. Suhas Nawada tells us more about its speed, potential - and the enjoyment he finds in the process.

5.    The Case of the Decaying Cadaver

The sickly sweet odor of a dead body is said to be both immediately recognizable and hard to forget. But what chemical cocktail makes up the distinctive odor? And can GC×GC offer investigators the ability to detect the ‘smell of death’?

6.    Clinical Metabolomics: Will it Deliver?

After more than a decade of metabolomics-driven research, metabolomics has failed to deliver on its early promises, believes Martin Giera. He asks: is it time for a new mindset…and a new direction?

7.    The Secret Life of Plants

Transplanted from Moscow to Colombia, Elena Stashenko was astounded by the rich profusion of plant life. She has since dedicated her life’s work to teaching good science while exploring the complex chemistry of the native flora…

8.    Lessons I’ve Learned, by Hernan Cortes

Hernan Cortes, formerly of the Dow Chemical Company, shares what he’s learned about gaining recognition as an industry scientist, the chromatography ‘family’, and the secret to true happiness…

9.    Communicating or Confusing?

Scientific journal articles are becoming more difficult to read – and there is an increased use of jargon, or ‘science-ese’. In analytical science, breaking down communication barriers is a tool for collaborative success – so, says Editor Charlotte, perhaps it’s best to keep it simple…

10.  The Truth About Fracking

Environmental groups, oil companies, politicians and the public…everyone is talking about hydraulic fracturing – but analytical rigor is the only way to uncover the real impact of unconventional oil and gas development.



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