Analytical instrumentation > Chemical analysis

HYDAC Patch Test Kit

29 October, 2013

The Patch Test Kit (or Portable Contamination Analysis Kit) is a tool for identifying and monitoring the types and levels of particulate contamination in all fluid power systems, including those offshore where water-based fluids are utilised.


Natural source of analgesic Tramadol found

27 September, 2013

An African medicinal plant - Nauclea latifolia (also known as the pin cushion tree) - has been found to produce large quantities of molecules with analgesic properties. Even more surprising, analysis shows that the molecule is identical to the heretofor wholly synthetic painkiller Tramadol.


HYDAC WaterTest Kit

27 September, 2013

The WaterTest Kit is used for the quantitative determination of water content in % of mineral and lubrication oils. The simple addition of two reagents to the contaminated oil causes an increase of pressure in the measuring cell. This pressure increase is read off via the digital display as water content in % or ppm.


Unprecedented chemical profiles found in whale earwax

25 September, 2013 by Lauren Davis

Professors Stephen Trumble and Sascha Usenko, of Baylor University, have developed a new method to determine the lifetime chemical profiles of blue whales. As revealed in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists found the answer in the whales’ earwax plugs.


$850,000 in funding for next-generation enzymes

13 September, 2013

University of Waikato Biological Sciences Professor Vic Arcus and his research group have been awarded $850,000 for a two-year project to develop a new method for designing ‘next-generation enzymes’ for commercial use.


Found - the 37th type of chemical reaction and it's low-temp

09 September, 2013

Until now, only 36 basic types of chemical reactions have been identified. But a 37th type has just been added to the list.


Alcohol chemistry in space

01 July, 2013

Chemists have discovered that an ‘impossible’ reaction at cold temperatures actually occurs with vigour, which could change our understanding of how alcohols are formed and destroyed in space.


Hanby TPH Field Test Kit

28 June, 2013

The Hanby TPH Field Test Kit system is a field-portable method providing rapid analyses down to ppb for aromatic compounds, including gasoline, diesel, PCBs and many others. The procedure extracts the aromatic compounds from the sample and provides immediate colorimetric identification of the concentration and type of contaminants present.


The body electric: researchers move closer to low-cost, implantable electronics

14 June, 2013

New technology is paving the way for low-cost electronic devices that work in direct contact with living tissue inside the body.


On-site analyses via autonomous energy-scavenging micro devices

14 June, 2013

Sophisticated instruments small enough to fit in a shirt pocket will one day scavenge power from sunlight, body heat or other sources enabling analysis in the field rather than bringing samples and data back to the lab.


PAC Alcor JFTOT 230 Mark IV jet fuel thermal oxidation analyser

01 June, 2013

PAC has released its latest jet fuel thermal oxidation analyser, the Alcor JFTOT 230 Mark IV (JFTOT IV). It adds enhanced safety features and simplified operational capabilities to its previous versions, increasing operator productivity, in a smaller, streamlined package.


Faster, greener pharma manufacturing using microwaves

31 May, 2013

Microwave radiation could provide a faster, greener way to manufacture drugs.


Mechanism of Click chemistry reveals its secrets

08 April, 2013

Click chemistry is not a specific reaction but rather chemistry tailored to generate substances quickly and reliably by joining small units together. It is meant to mimic nature which also generates substances by joining small modular units (eg, amino acids into proteins). But precisely how it works had been unclear since its invention at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) more than a decade ago.


It may be a Higgs boson but is it the Standard Model?

15 March, 2013

It looks like the particle discovered at the Large Hadron Collider last year is an elusive Higgs boson but whether this is the Higgs boson of the Standard Model of particle physics, or possibly the lightest of several bosons predicted in some theories that go beyond the Standard Model, has yet to be established.


The science behind identifying King Richard III’s skeleton

14 February, 2013

On 4 February 2013, the University of Leicester announced it had discovered the remains of the last Plantagenet king, King Richard III, who died in 1485.There was strong circumstantial evidence that a skeleton found at the site of the Grey Friars church in Leicester was indeed that of King Richard III. However, before the identity of the skeleton could be confirmed, rigorous scientific investigations including DNA analysis, radiocarbon dating and skeletal examination were required.


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