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October 2016 Issue of The Analytical Scientist

Welcome to the October issue and 2016’s Power List, which showcases the Top 50 most influential women in analytical science, as nominated by our readers. Our Upfront section covers the forensics of fragrance and the latest collaborations and product launches, as well as asking whether early land plants enabled our very existence. We have opinion pieces on single cell analysis and unlocking the sample prep black box. And finally, in Sitting Down With, Emily Hilder talks to us about her passions, and predictions for the future of the field.

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Articles featured in this issue

Business & Education Professional Development

Don't Press Pause

| Rich Whitworth

Analytical scientists have achieved a great deal – but there’s much more to do, says Rich Whitworth

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Of Moss and Men

| Joanna Cummings

Were early land plants responsible for the rise in oxygen that shaped the world as we know it?

Techniques & Tools Forensics

Fragrant Forensics

| Joanna Cummings

Recent developments in perfume detection by GC-MS could have forensic implications

Techniques & Tools Liquid Chromatography

85 Years Young

| Rich Whitworth

The Analytical Scientist team wishes Herbert Knauer a happy 85th birthday

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Mass Spec on the Streets of London

| Joanna Cummings

Our short guide to the 2016 Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Congress in London in November

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

TASIAs: The Next Frontier

| Rich Whitworth

The Analytical Scientist Innovation Awards return to showcase the top five innovations of 2016

Business & Education Mass Spectrometry

Sorcerers, SONAR and Standards for Cannabis

| Joanna Cummings

What’s new in business?

Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy

Image of the Month

| Joanna Cummings

An imaging system incorporating THz-TDS, allowing users to ‘read’ through multiple layers of paper.

Techniques & Tools Sample Preparation

The Analytical Needs of Neuroscience

| Ann Van Eeckhaut

Ann van Eeckhaut asks: What’s the best route to quantifying neuropeptides in biological samples?

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

All-at-Once MS

| Christian Rolando

Does 2D-FT-ICR-MS have the same potential as 2D NMR did in the 1980s? asks Christian Rolando

Techniques & Tools Sample Preparation

Unlocking the Sample Prep Black Box


Elia Psillakis believes that sample preparation deserves more attention in academia

Techniques & Tools Sample Preparation

Cutting Single Cell Analysis Down to Size

| Takayuki Kawai

Takayuki Kawai asks: how do we best accomplish analysis of extremely low volume samples?

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

The Analytical Scientist Power List 2016

| Rich Whitworth

The Power List 2016: Meet the women shaping the future of analytical science.

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

What if Aesop’s Tortoise Was Smarter?

| Fred Regnier

Fred Regnier rethinks the chromatography component of routine LC-MS analysis

Fields & Applications Metabolomics & Lipidomics

Directing the Future

| Rich Whitworth

Emily Hilder, Director, Future Industries Institute (FII), University of South Australia

Fields & Applications Environmental

Exploring Pesticides Without Bugbears

| Mohamed Hamad

Then and Now, with Mohamed Hamad, Director, Food Chemistry & Nutrition, Microbac Laboratories

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Cheers to IC!

| Art Fitchett

How a string of innovations have made ion chromatography a beverage analysis workhorse

Techniques & Tools Sample Preparation

Simpler, Faster and More Reproducible Protein Digestion

| Sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific

Sample preparation challenges in the modern biopharmaceutical laboratory

Business & Education Sample Preparation

Monitoring Microfiltration Processes for Water Treatment

| Sponsored by Malvern Panalytical

Quantifying Nanoparticle Concentration and Size to Optimize Filtration Processes

Business & Education Sample Preparation

Dairy and Food Emulsions measurement

| Sponsored by Malvern Panalytical

The particle size of the fat droplets present in dairy and other food emulsions is important in defining properties such as flavor release, mouth feel and emulsion stability. Thus, a knowledge of the particle size is critical in defining the functionality and taste of different food emulsion products. Here we show how laser diffraction can be used to measure and understand the changes in size that occur during production and storage of dairy products. This in turn can lead to a better understanding of how product formulation and performance are linked.

Business & Education Sample Preparation

The optimization and scale-up of high shear granulation

| Sponsored by Malvern Panalytical

This article explains how an inline probe was used to monitor a granulation at three different scales to confirm that, in each case, the granules produced were the same size, and more importantly produced tablets of identical quality as quantified by hardness.

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