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September 2016 Issue of The Analytical Scientist

Welcome to the September issue! In our Upfront section we share what hominins had for dinner, the chemistry at the core of our nearest planets – and updates on the analytical science business world. In our cover feature, Fiona Greer explains how analytical scientists can ‘chase the fingerprint’ in the world of biosimilars, while key scientists pay tribute to the legendary gas chromatographer Harold McNair. And we sit down with ‘proteomic protagonist’ Albert Heck, who discusses whether the field of proteomics has lived up to its early promise.

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Articles featured in this issue

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

A Gold Standard Community

| Rich Whitworth

Rich proposes a toast to friendship and mentorship within the analytical science community

Fields & Applications Proteomics

Paleolithic Proteins

| Joanna Cummings

The discovery of 250,000 year-old proteins shows the sophistication of hominin hunting habits

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

A Nest of Vapers

| Joanna Cummings

GC-MS shows that carcinogens and irritants in e-cigs are still a hot button issue

Fields & Applications Chemical

Hitler’s Acid in Uranus?

| Joanna Cummings

The core of Uranus could contain significant amounts of exotic chemical compounds

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Innovation, Generation and Automation

| Marcus Lippold

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

Techniques & Tools Technology

Image of the Month

| Rich Whitworth

A team from Sao Paolo made a roadworm glow green using site-directed mutagenesis of luciferase

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

From MALDI and ESI to MAI

| Sarah Trimpin

The advantages of matrix-assisted ionization in helping mass spectrometry to grow

Techniques & Tools Capillary Electrophoresis

Easier Electroanalysis in Flowing Liquids

| Jan Vacek and Jan Hrbac

How carbon fiber is an effective but under-used material in liquid-flow electrochemical detection

Fields & Applications Metabolomics & Lipidomics

Foodomics: Work in Progress

| Peter Zahradka

How stronger ties between analytical chemists and biological science researchers improve food analysis

Techniques & Tools Gas Chromatography

The Reformation of Analysis

| Apostolos Gerontas

The transformation of analytical chemistry into a full science has led to “black boxing” of knowledge

Fields & Applications Pharma & Biopharma

Biosimilar Breakdown

| Fiona Greer

Fiona Greer explains how analytical tools can create the biosimilar “fingerprint.”

Fields & Applications Liquid Chromatography

Taming Biopharma with 2D Separations

| Pat Sandra and Koen Sandra

Pat and Koen Sandra discuss the importance of 2D-LC for the advancement of biosimilars.

Techniques & Tools Gas Chromatography

Paying Tribute to “Doc”

| Kevin Schug, Nicholas Snow, Vince Remcho, Chris Palmer, Lee Polite

A few of Harold McNair's past students reflect on his influence as a teacher and mentor.

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Beginner’s Luck and Hyper-Fast GC

| Peter Boeker

A journey into the world of flow field thermal gradient gas chromatography.

Techniques & Tools Clinical

Meet The Cannabis Scientist…

| Rich Whitworth

…our ‘mini magazine’ dedicated to medical cannabis

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

An Education in ESI

| Michel Nielen, Pepijn Geutjes, Barend van Lagen, Teris A van Beek

An affordable way to conduct undergraduate courses on electrospray ionization mass spectrometry.

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Protein Protagonist

| Rich Whitworth

Albert Heck, Scientific Director at the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Netherlands.

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Hitting LOQs and Confirming Hits with GC-HRMS

| Nuria Cortés-Francisco

Then & Now, with Nuria Cortés-Francisco from the Laboratori Agència de Salut Pública of Barcelona.

Fields & Applications Food, Beverage & Agriculture

Cheers to the Beermaster!

| Liisa Otama

Liisa Otama describes how discrete analyzer technology has moved from the clinic to the beer industry.

Business & Education Sample Preparation

Assessing Nanoparticle Toxicity in Waste Water

| Sponsored by Malvern Panalytical

Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA) has found use in a variety of investigations researching the toxicity and environmental impact of nanoparticles. Here we discuss various publications in which NTA has been used to measure particle size and concentration of nanomaterials in waste water.

Business & Education Sample Preparation

Why should I upgrade to multi-detection GPC?

| Sponsored by Malvern Panalytical

10 reasons for polymer characterization scientists. Gel-permeation chromatography (GPC) is an essential tool for the characterization of polymers. It allows polymer scientists to tailor a polymer’s properties to its end use requirements by controlling its molecular properties, since the two are inextricably linked.

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