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December 2017 Issue of The Analytical Scientist

Welcome to our December issue – and the fifth Innovation Awards, which celebrates colorful concepts and vibrant analytical tools. In Upfront, we meet the 11-year-old speeding up lead contamination detection, explore possible dangers in tattoo inks, and find out why polyester clothes might have you reaching for the deodorant. We also enter the “fifth dimension”, look at a partnership detecting dangerous toxins, and finally, We Sit Down With influential innovator, R. Graham Cooks, who tells us why unhappiness makes for a successful inventor…

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Articles featured in this issue

Techniques & Tools Clinical

A Recipe for Innovation

| Charlotte Barker

Curiosity, a desire to help others and a hefty dose of teamwork are essential ingredients for creativity

Fields & Applications Sensors

Detecting Talent

| Joanna Cummings

Meet the 11-year-old who was named “America’s Top Young Scientist” for her rapid lead detection device

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Think Before You Ink

| Joanna Cummings

Advanced mass spectrometry finds that tattoo ink can migrate to lymph nodes

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Destination: Hyphenation

| Joanna Cummings

January 2018 sees HTC-15, hosted in Cardiff. We present our top picks from the sessions

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Scent to Try Us

| Joanna Cummings

PTR-MS helps explain why some fabrics keep you smelling fresh, while others... don’t

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Dark Fields and Diagnostic Disks

| Michael Schubert

New devices for detecting tuberculosis may speed up diagnosis and improve treatment

Fields & Applications Business

From Cancer Genomics to Chemical Detectors

| Joanna Cummings

We let you know what’s going on in the business world of analytical science

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Image of the Month

| Joanna Cummings

A new device using LA-ICP-MS could help analyze extracellular fluid in the brain

Fields & Applications Liquid Chromatography

Hot Topics: Most Read Articles 2017

| Joanna Cummings

What were The Analytical Scientist’s most popular online articles in 2017? Here are our top 10 most read…

Business & Education Spectroscopy

The (Sci)X Factor

| Matthieu Baudelet

SciX provided fascinating insights into some of the toughest challenges facing analytical science

Business & Education Mass Spectrometry

Keeping the Lights On

| Graham George

The threatened closure of SSRL would be a huge loss for the US research community

Fields & Applications Environmental

I Do Not Want Green Eggs and Ham

| Jim Lawrence

We’ve come a long way in food safety – but consumers deserve to know exactly what they are eating

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Intense Innovation

The TASIAs are back with a record number of entries. Here are the top 15 innovators of 2017

Techniques & Tools Technology

The Innovators 2017

From consumer safety to biomedical research – meet the companies advancing analytical science

Business & Education Food, Beverage & Agriculture

Joining Forces: Breaking the Mold

| Franz Berthiller, John Lee

We look at a partnership finding better ways to detect dangerous fungal toxins in our food

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Entering the Fifth Dimension

| Mariosimone Zoccali

Combining five chromatography and mass spectrometry dimensions into a single automated instrument

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Elemental Creativity

| R. Graham Cooks

We Sit Down With R Graham Cooks, Henry B Hass, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Mass Spectrometry at the Cutting Edge

A selection of the latest innovations and applications in the ever-evolving field of mass spectrometry.

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