Analytical instrumentation > Chemical analysis

A complex biochemical system in a droplet

21 February, 2014

In an effort to investigate the reactions taking place in a biological cell, scientists tried to replicate them in an artificial cell. Such experiments have so far worked with very simple reactions, but the team managed to establish a complex biochemical reaction in tiny droplets only a few micrometres in size.

Forming new compounds from sodium chloride challenges the rules of chemistry

20 December, 2013

Researchers have discovered that by compressing sodium chloride (rock salt) under certain high-pressure conditions, they can trigger a process which was found to form new compounds - despite chemistry textbooks saying this is impossible.

Equip your lab for less - 3D print your equipment

22 November, 2013

With a 3D printer, open-source software and free digital designs, cash-strapped scientists can now fabricate their own lab equipment at a fraction of the cost.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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