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January 2017 Issue of The Analytical Scientist

Welcome to the January issue, where six experts share their top paper picks in our annual Landmark Literature feature. It’s large scale to microscale in Upfront, with portable Raman in Moorish palaces and the discovery of an important new microprotein in the labs of Yale University. In My View covers a new plasma source in atomic MS, the power of metabolomics and diversity in science. Finally, DuPont’s Barbara Larsen talks to us about proteins and “the Larsen method”, and Gert Desmet shares his intrepid adventures through the funding minefield.

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Articles featured in this issue

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

New Year, New Faces, New Hopes, Age-old Challenges

| Rich Whitworth

What lies in store for analytical science in 2017?

Fields & Applications Liquid Chromatography

Purple’s Reign

| Joanna Cummings

The sophisticated chemistry behind a simple – yet infectiously popular – purple dye

Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy

Moor Applications for Spectroscopy

| Joanna Cummings

Portable Raman allows in situ, non-invasive analysis of Alhambra polychrome decorations

Techniques & Tools Micro/Nano-scale

MSB: Small Scale, Big Impact

| Rawi Ramautar, Govert Somsen

MSB 2017 highlights cutting-edge research at the frontier of microscale separation science

Fields & Applications Liquid Chromatography

NoBody’s Fool

| Joanna Cummings

Advanced mass spectrometry uncovers a tiny protein with important implications

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Pittcon and All That Jazz

| Joanna Cummings

Pittcon covers all analytical bases. Here, we present our top picks for Chicago 2017

Techniques & Tools Forensics

Narco Polo

| Joanna Cummings

A new 20-minute method using 2D-LC homes in on traces of illegal drugs

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Columns, Collaborations, and Chemical Detectors

| Joanna Cummings

Products, partnerships, investments - what’s going on in the analytical science business world

Fields & Applications Gas Chromatography

Top Ten Articles of 2016

| Joanna Cummings

The most read articles from The Analytical Scientist's 2016 issues.

Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy

7,000 Years in Tibet

| Joanna Cummings

Using a single-grain attachment with green laser to date footprints found on the Tibetan plateau

Business & Education Business

Why Science Depends on Diversity

| Laurie Locascio

The key to fostering diversity in technical and leadership positions? Invite, include and empower.

Techniques & Tools Liquid Chromatography

It’s Time to Push LC Limits Once Again

| Michal Holčapek and František Foret

As HPLC 2017 approaches, we need to engage in meaningful debate to help our field move forward

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

A Glowing Source of Inspiration

| Steven Ray

Could solution-cathode glow discharge topple traditional techniques in atomic spectrometry?

Fields & Applications Metabolomics & Lipidomics

Fishing for Insight

| Coral Barbas

In metabolomics, casting the net wide can lead to rich rewards.

Techniques & Tools Liquid Chromatography

Landmark Literature

| Hans-Gerd Janssen, Pat Sandra, Apryll Stalcup, Gary Hieftje, Davy Guillarme, Frank Bright

Our experts select and reflect on six standout papers that advanced analytical science in 2016.

Fields & Applications Liquid Chromatography

Thirty Years of Chromatography Research

| Pat Sandra

Pat reflects on change, challenges and success – and offers a glimpse of our field’s future.

Techniques & Tools Gas Chromatography

Quo Vadis, Capillary Gas Chromatography?

| Pat Sandra, Koen Sandra, Frank David

Personal opinions on CGC based on 30 years of service to the industry.

Business & Education Business

Adventures in Funding

| Gert Desmet

Gert Desmet shares the story of his recent 2.5m Euro European Research Council Advanced Grant.

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Mass Spec Mentor

| Charlotte Barker

We Sit Down With... Barbara Larsen, Technology Fellow at DuPont, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.

Techniques & Tools Polymers

Reach Polymer Status determined with GPC/SEC

| Friedhelm Gores

Friedhelm Gores, Managing Director Analytical Services at PSS Polymer Standards Service GmbH Mainz, talks about how the PSS contract analysis department uses GPC/SEC to determine if a substance is a "polymer" based on REACH definitions.

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Putting Peptides on the Map

| Sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific

Streamlined workflows help scientists plot a course for painless peptide mapping

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