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August 2014 Issue of The Analytical Scientist

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Articles featured in this issue

Fields & Applications

The Art of Persuasion

| Rich Whitworth

This month’s focus – The Art of Analysis – also highlights the power of ‘self marketing’. What can we learn from the USA and the younger generation?

Techniques & Tools Microscopy

Water (E)quality

| Stephanie Sutton

Water quality control testing at multiple locations along a distribution system is a challenging and time-consuming process, particularly in low-income countries.

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Surgeons and Spectrometry

| Rich Whitworth

Will further progress in direct ionization technologies kick-start a revolution in surgery – and what does that mean for other fields?

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

The Aroma of Malaria Infection

| Stephanie Sutton

Tracking the volatile chemical profile modifications that attract mosquitoes

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Extreme Environments

Over the past few months, we’ve been asking you to send in the photos and images that best reflect the important and intriguing work that you do.

Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy

Data Visualization & Infographics

The aim of Play to Cure: Genes in Space is to collect Element Alpha, a mist-like substance that can be traded for ship upgrades.

Techniques & Tools Micro/Nano-scale

Touching People’s Lives

Four aqueous droplets are pipetted on hydrophobic parts (blue) of a hydrophilic and fibrous paper.

Techniques & Tools Liquid Chromatography

Historical Analysis

Before instrumental LC and GC there was paper chromatography (and awesome it was too).

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Surprising Samples

Earwax – or cerumen – comprises secretions from specialized sweat glands and fatty materials produced by sebaceous glands.

Techniques & Tools Micro/Nano-scale


Micrograph of ionic liquid microarrays fabricated on a gold surface.

Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy

Portrait of a Scientist

| John Delaney

Sitting Down With… John Delaney, senior imaging scientist, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA.

Fields & Applications Sample Preparation

Beyond SOPs – Exploring the Rigor and Requirements of Analytical QbD

Analytical QbD (AQbD) promises to extend the rigor and benefits of QbD into the area of analytical method development. Here, Paul Kippax provides an introduction to the methodology involved and takes as an example the application of AQbD to the development of a laser diffraction particle sizing method.

Fields & Applications Technology

Exosomes and Microvesicles: An introduction

The study of exosomes and other cell-derived microvesicles is an area of rapidly rowing importance and the subject of intense interest and research. The previous lack of suitable methods for their detection, analysis, enumeration and phenotyping is proving to be a significant limitation in these studies. This document shows the degree to which the technique of Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA) is helping to address these problems.

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