Analytical instrumentation > Spectrometry

Spectral patterns of benzene dimer finally deciphered

22 April, 2013

A spectrum of the benzene dimer was first recorded in 1993, with the aim to find out more about its structure and dynamics. The experiments produced characteristic patterns with four peaks, which no one could decipher for 20 years. Now, using a new theoretical model and the experimental data gathered in Berlin, the spectral patterns have been successfully deciphered and the dynamics that cause them explained.

What happens when a chemical bond is broken?

09 April, 2013

That question was recently answered with the help of a so-called free electron X-ray laser, which makes it possible to follow in real time how bindings in a molecule are changed and broken. The study, published in Science, found, among other things, evidence of a much-discussed intermediate state before molecules bind to or leave a metal surface. The possibility of monitoring at the molecular level how the electron structure changes in a chemical reaction creates entirely new opportunities for investigating and understanding key chemical processes in detail.

Is antimatter the result from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment?

04 April, 2013

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), the most powerful and sensitive particle physics spectrometer ever deployed in space, has had its first results published.

Leco Pegasus GC-HRT with chemical ionisation source

03 April, 2013

Leco Corporation has announced a chemical ionisation (HR-CI) source for the Pegasus GC-HRT (high resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometer). The field-upgradable option empowers users to dramatically change their high-resolution GC/MS information with high mass accuracy and resolution on pseudomolecular ions.

Headwall Photonics Hyperspec UV Starter Kit

20 February, 2013

The Headwall Photonics Hyperspec UV Starter Kit provides everything needed to evaluate and categorise the spectral composition of materials and samples within the UV spectral region.

Nanophotonics enables a new kind of optical spectrometer

31 January, 2013

By bringing nanophotonics technology to traditional optical spectroscopy, a new kind of optical spectrometer with functions of sensing and spectral measurement has been demonstrated by a research team at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Carl Zeiss Corona Plus VIS-NIR spectrometers

15 January, 2013

The Corona Plus range of sturdy, compact VIS-NIR spectrometers from Carl Zeiss has been specially designed for use under industrial conditions.

How the kilogram has put on weight

08 January, 2013

Post-Christmas and most of us are feeling the overindulgence. But take heart - experts at Newcastle University, UK, have shown even the kilogram itself has put on weight.

Rigaku ZSX Primus sequential WDXRF spectrometer for lubricating oil analysis

12 December, 2012

Rigaku Corporation has announced an application report on the Rigaku ZSX Primus sequential WDXRF spectrometer. Application Note #5003 demonstrates quantitative analysis of lubricating oil in accordance with ASTM method D6443-04.

World’s smallest reaction chamber

07 December, 2012

Scientists from New Zealand, Austria and the UK have created the world’s smallest reaction chamber, with a mixing volume that can be measured in femtolitres (million billionths of a litre).

Unravelling complex biomolecular structures

30 November, 2012

A new mass spectrometer developed by Utretch University’s Heck Lab and Thermo Fisher is offering new insight into molecularly complex biomolecules.


22 November, 2012

The AB SCIEX QTRAP 6500 system features multicomponent IonDrive technology, which introduces a series of advancements that increase the quantity of ions produced while enhancing the way ions are transmitted and detected.

Driving high sensitivity in biomolecular MS: improving this key parameter enables novel applications and powers additional techniques.

21 November, 2012 by Bruce Thomson, Chief Scientist, AB SCIEX

Mass spectrometry has become a key tool for the analysis of biomolecules in applications that range from discovery of biomarkers to the analysis of drug metabolites. While many of the analytical benchmarks of the mass spectrometer - limit of quantitation or LOQ, signal-to-noise or S/N, dynamic range, mass resolution - are important for these applications, the absolute sensitivity is a key factor that drives these characteristics.

Thermo Scientific EQuan MAX Plus LC-MS system for water and beverage analysis

15 November, 2012

The EQuan MAX Plus is a turnkey, automated LC-MS system for water and beverage analysis, designed to allow immediate user productivity and reduce human error by automating manual procedures.

Spectro Spectroblue ICP-OES spectrometer

06 November, 2012

The Spectroblue, for inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), was designed to meet critical elemental analysis demands such as those required by environmental laboratories, process laboratories and research institutes.

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