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November 2016 Issue of The Analytical Scientist

Welcome to the November issue! In Upfront we reveal a precolonial palimpsest, show how genomics (and teeth) help in the characterization of the Black Death, and remember the “father” of HPLC, Jack Kirkland. We also tackle multidimensional multi-polydispersity and ask if analytical chemists are having an existential crisis, while Luigi Mondello shares the success story behind the Messina Group. We Sit Down With legendary gas chromatographer Harold McNair, and he shares some entertaining tales about his key mentors in our Profession section.

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Articles featured in this issue

Techniques & Tools Liquid Chromatography

Deep Impact

| Rich Whitworth

How this issue is an unwitting and incomplete guide to being ‘successful’ in analytical science.

Fields & Applications Genomics & DNA Analysis

Pestilence Persistence

| Joanna Cummings

Can genomics connect the dots between the Black Death and Europe’s Great Plagues?

Business & Education Liquid Chromatography

MALDI, Moonshot and Rapid Fire MS

| Rich Whitworth

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

Techniques & Tools Liquid Chromatography

Remembering Jack Kirkland

| Rich Whitworth

Jack Kirkland, the “father” of HPLC is remembered by friends and colleagues

Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy

Cracking the Codex

| Joanna Cummings

Researchers use hyperspectral imaging to reveal precolonial pictographic palimpsest

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Sniff it Again, SAM

| Joanna Cummings

Static mass spec takes us one small step closer to understanding the evolution of Mars’ atmosphere

Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy

Spec in a Suitcase

| Joanna Cummings

We speak to the Royal Society of Chemistry about outreach programme Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy

Image of the Month

| Rich Whitworth

Depiction of laser-induced electron diffraction imaging of a molecular bond break-up in acetylene.

Fields & Applications Proteomics

How Are You – and How’s Your Microbiome?

| Pratik Jagtap

Exploration of the ‘second genome’ could transform health – and robust analytical methods are key.

Techniques & Tools Polymers

Tackling Multidimensional Multi-polydispersity

| Harry Philipsen

How far are we from the day-to-day application of on-line 2D-LC for polymer analysis?

Techniques & Tools Microscopy

How to Score with Penalties

| John H. Kalivas

Could ridge regression and other penalty models be the future of spectroscopy calibration?

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Playing the ACE Card in LBAs

| Hermann Wätzig

The precision of affinity capillary electrophoresis makes it a strong option for advancing drug development

Fields & Applications Liquid Chromatography

Analytical Island in the Sun

| Luigi Mondello

Luigi Mondello and colleagues come together to share the success story behind the Messina Group

Fields & Applications Proteomics

Who Are You?

| Dominic Hare and Elizabeth New

Now is not the time for analytical chemists to suffer an existential crisis…

Fields & Applications Gas Chromatography

Magnificent Mentors

| Harold McNair

Harold McNair shares some of his favorite stories about several pioneers he has worked with.

Fields & Applications Clinical

Disrupting Cytogenetics in the Clinic

| George Vasmatzis

Mate pair sequencing could well be the best tool for characterizing tumors

Techniques & Tools Gas Chromatography

Writing the Book on GC – and Living Life

| Frank van Geel

Harold McNair, Professor Emeritus, Analytical Chemistry, Virginia Tech, Virginia, USA

Fields & Applications Food, Beverage & Agriculture

Cheers to TEA!

| Simon Nelms

Simon Nelms considers advances in trace elemental analysis and their impact on the beverage industry

Fields & Applications Gas Chromatography

VUV Versus Industry

| Hans-Gerd Janssen

VUV detection for gas chromatography - how does it fare in real-world applications in industry?

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