Analytical instrumentation > Chemical analysis

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.

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.

Compound overcomes MRSA infection in mice

09 January, 2013

Researchers have discovered a new compound that restores the health of mice infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an otherwise dangerous bacterial infection.

Polyhydroxylated steroids - synthesised in 21 easy steps

08 January, 2013

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have achieved a feat in synthetic chemistry by inventing a scalable method to make complex natural compounds - polyhydroxylated steroids. These compounds, used in heart-failure medications and other drugs, have been notoriously problematic to synthesise in the laboratory.

Trasis 18F-L-Dopa nucleophilic synthesis method on disposable cassettes

21 December, 2012

Trasis has extended its range of molecules to 18F-L-Dopa with a reliable nucleophilic method, making this compound easy and safe to produce.

Hach CLF10 sc chlorine analyser

26 November, 2012

The CLF10 sc analyser is an amperometric analyser which leverages Hach’s self-diagnostics to alert users whenever the process has changed or the instrument needs servicing.

Auto analyser helps protect production equipment

07 November, 2012

An automated segmented flow analyser, the AA3 from Seal Analytical, is being used at BASF’s manufacturing facility at Ludwigshafen in Germany to protect manufacturing equipment from corrosion or chemical attack from potential impurities in demineralised water, boiler feed water and steam condensate.

New chemistry technique reproduces nature’s elusive complexity

05 October, 2012

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have shown how to synthesise in the laboratory an important set of natural compounds known as terpenes. The largest class of chemicals made by living organisms, terpenes are made within cells by some of the most complex chemical reactions found in biology.

Remarkable enzyme points the way to reducing nitric acid use in industry

03 October, 2012

An enzyme in the bacterium that causes potato scab could help create new, environmentally benign biocatalysts with the potential to cut use of the highly corrosive chemical nitric acid.

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