Newsletter - 0717-02
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Issue #0717
 
 
Top Articles
 
 
Upping the (Analytical) Ante
 
We catch up with three speakers from this year’s “Riva in Texas” symposium to find out what got people talking – and discover that analytical science still has more than a few aces up its sleeve.
 
 
 
 
To Test or Not to Test
 
There is a dilemma facing the food industry: technological advances allow us to detect an ever-growing number of potentially harmful emerging organisms. But, asks Catherine Cockcroft, when is the right time to start testing?
 
 
 
 
Whither on the Vine?
 
How well do you know your Pinot Noir? A new method incorporating PTR-MS analysis could provide a rapid “fingerprint” of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in this silky smooth, complex little number…
 
 
 
 
 
Who are your heroes of analytical science? Nominate a supervisor, colleague or inspiration for our ‘10 Top 10s’ here.
 
 
 
 
 
Special Promotion
 
 
Comparing the rheology and particle size of smoothies made with different blenders
 
Two smoothie makers have been evaluated and compared by measuring the particle (fiber) size and viscosity of two different smoothies recipes to see which smoothie maker gave the smoothest blend.
 
 
 
Combining Raman spectroscopy and analytical imaging to assess graphite crystallinity
 
This application note describes the combined use of static optical microscopy and Raman spectroscopy in the Morphologi G3-ID to assess the various morphological classes of carbon for use in lithium-ion battery manufacture. High levels of crystallinity, visible in the Raman spectra as the G band, are valued in the production of High Specific Charge (HSC) graphite, which increases battery performance by assisting lithium intercalation.
 
 
 
 
Application Notes
 
 
Monitoring VOCs in stack emissions in accordance with European standard method CEN/TS 13649
 
This Application Note demonstrates that Markes International’s automated thermal desorption systems offer excellent results for monitoring volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in stationary source emissions in accordance with the updated version of the European standard method CEN/TS 13649.
 
 
 
Tackling the extended list of fragrance allergens by flow-modulated GC×GC–TOF MS/FID
 
This study demonstrates the use of flow-modulated GC×GC to analyse an 84-component allergen calibration standard, with simultaneous detection by TOF MS for confident identification and FID for robust quantitation. A high degree of linearity and repeatability is shown, and the GC×GC–TOF MS/FID method is demonstrated using examples of essential oils and a fragrance mix.
 
 
 
 
Product Profile
 
 
INSIGHT™ – Outstanding performance for routine GC×GC
 
INSIGHT™, the new flow modulator from SepSolve Analytical, overcomes the practical and performance difficulties experienced with other modulator designs for GC×GC. With cryogen-free operation and outstanding peak capacity, INSIGHT for the first time allows routine GC laboratories to benefit from the full power of GC×GC peak separation.
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Webinar
 
 
Rapid gas and headspace analysis with SIFT-MS
 
High-throughput analysis using selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS) provides unique opportunities for rapid gas and headspace analysis. This series of webinars will look at exciting applications for SIFT-MS in analysing volatile emissions from packaging, monitoring automotive material and tailpipe emissions, and ensuring workplace air quality.
 
 
 
 
Events
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Be it a large congress at a huge venue or an expert meeting that fits around a table, these events are a fantastic way to network and educate yourself on the latest developments in the industry – so why not take a look at our list of upcoming events?