Spectroscopy Articles

  • Analyze FAME in Diesel using FTIR | Spectroscopy Solutions

    Biodiesel is a promising alternative to diesel produced from fossil fuels, however barriers still exist towards the creation of high efficiency biodiesel. The fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) content of biodiesels significantly affects their quality and performance. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy using the Pearl™ liquid transmission unit from Specac ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Analyzing ionic liquids using ATR | Spectroscopy Solutions

    Research into ionic liquid-based catalyst systems aim to improve the duty cycle, rate of metal loss and yield efficiency of large scale reactions using continuous flow reactors, such as those often used in the pharmaceutical industry. This article details the issues that are faced by the industry and a recent study that uses FTIR-ATR ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Analyze wine using ATR-FTIR spectroscopy | Spectroscopy Solutions

    Wine analysis using spectroscopy Within quality assurance and process monitoring practices, spectroscopy has been widely used for many years1. Increasingly spectroscopic techniques and advanced data processing are being adopted for authenticity testing.2 Such verification is particularly important in the wine industry, which provides a premium-priced ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Spectroscopic surface sensor StaRWIS monitors FSK Bridge in Maryland - Case study

    In search of a suitable sensor for monitoring the Francis Scott Bridge in Maryland, Lufft USA's partner Communication Electronics, commissioned by the Maryland Transportation Authority, came across our new StaRWIS through our website. In February 2018, they installed the StaRWIS on the Bridge and it has delivered satisfying results every since. The sensor was convincing due to its easy ...

  • Rapid Portable Cross-Connection Detection by Sensitive Fluorescence Spectroscopy

    Abstract The implementation of dual reticulation systems for returning recycled water to the home for nonpotable use is now common in new Australian housing developments. Managing the associated public health risk requires consideration of the potential for crossconnections between recycled and potable water pipes. While current protocols for detection exist, they are time consuming and ...

  • Forensic micro-fiber evaluation using Microscopy | Spectroscopy Solutions

    Forensic investigations commonly involve the collection of textile fibers when examining crime scenes. The need to characterize and identify those fibers is vital as they can provide extensive information relating to a crime, tying a suspect to a location. Microscopic fibers in particular can present problems in terms of both size and quantity of sample. Fourier transform Infrared spectroscopy ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Techcomp Invests in Livingston, Scotland

    Techcomp Europe Ltd continues to expand their operations in Scotland with their European HQ, Manufacturing base and R&D centre. The Group has purchased three adjacent buildings providing 30,000 square feet of assembly production, laboratory, R&D and office accommodation.  Another 10,000 square feet has been leased nearby to house ...


    By Edinburgh Sensors Ltd

  • What gas can i use for ftir?

    Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) - spectroscopy is used typically in testing laboratories for understanding materials and products. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) - spectroscopy is used typically in testing laboratories for understanding materials and products, identifying chemical compounds in solids, liquids and gases, consumer products, paints, polymers, coatings, ...

  • Why Container Measurements Are Essential

    Transport container traffic carries millions of containers around the globe annually. Cargo containers are fumigated to inhibit the spread of foreign species, pests and micro-organisms. Transported products may also release volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the solvents, coatings and glues used in manufacturing processes.  Work safety regulation requires the ...


    By Gasmet Technologies Oy

  • Fish Oil analysis using Pearl FTIR | Spectroscopy Solutions

    Select Science recently interviewed Professor Gene S. Hall, who leads a research team in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. They are detecting fraudulent fish oil and their work includes the Pearl FTIR accessory. ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Analyzing gemstones using infrared spectroscopy | Spectroscopy Solutions

    The demand for gemstones is increasing, and fraudulent gemstones are becoming a prominent and difficult-to-tackle problem in the gemstone and jewelry industries. Fake, synthetic, and enhanced gemstones can be identified quickly and with confidence using diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS). ...


    By Specac Limited

  • How to Monitor Mercury Emissions

    In recent years, mercury levels in the environment and in the food chain have risen substantially mainly due to human activities. As a long-range pollutant it can affect areas located thousands of kilometers away from its original source of emission. It’s no wonder then that the regulatory pressure to monitor mercury emissions grows stronger.  Before diving ...


    By Gasmet Technologies Oy

  • Heterogeneous catalytic ozonation of hydroquinone using sewage sludge-derived carbonaceous catalysts

    This study converted sewage sludge into a carbonaceous catalyst via pyrolysis and employed it in the ozonation of hydroquinone. The catalyst was characterized by Mössbauer spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, temperature programmed desorption, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Intermediate ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • FTIR products explained | Spectroscopy Guides

    FTIR range available from Specac At Specac, we produce a diverse selection of FTIR spectroscopy accessories, which can fit in a range of spectrometers. Primarily an optics company with a long history of meeting the needs of both industrial and laboratory customers, Specac's spectrometer accessories have been designed with ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Adsorption of tetracycline from water using glutaraldehyde-crosslinked electrospun nanofibers of chitosan/poly(vinyl alcohol)

    In this work, the preparation and characterization of glutaraldehyde-crosslinked electrospun nanofibers of chitosan/poly(vinyl alcohol) (GCCPN) as a new adsorbent for tetracycline (TC) is reported. Electrospun nanofibers of chitosan/poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) were prepared by employing a 75:25 volumetric ratio of chitosan:PVA, voltage of 30 kV, collection distance of 10 cm, and injection flow ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Preparation of chitosan/amine modified diatomite composites and adsorption properties of Hg(II) ions

    A green functional adsorbent (CAD) was prepared by Schiff base reaction of chitosan and amino-modified diatomite. The morphology, structure and adsorption properties of the CAD were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy and Brunauer Emmett Teller measurements. The effect of pH value, contact time and temperature on ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • What is Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS)?

    Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy or LIBS is an analytical technique that's been used in laboratories for many years.  Most handheld LIBS analysers are used for fast sorting of alloys in scrap yards, and alloy identification and analysis in various applications within the metals industry. ...

  • Antimicrobial activity of ZnO-TiO2 nanomaterials synthesized from three different precursors of ZnO: influence of ZnO/TiO2 weight ratio

    In this study, ZnO-TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized from three different precursors for ZnO (zinc acetate di-hydrate, zinc nitrate hexahydrate and zinc sulfate heptahydrate) and titanium (IV) isopropoxide for TiO2. The prepared nanomaterials were calcined at 500 °C for 3 h and characterized by various physicochemical techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Measuring carbon in steel – absolute reliability matters

    The incorrect analysis of the carbon content in steel can lead to a multitude of issues down the line, making accurate and reliable carbon analysis critical. Our OES expert Willy Sanders looks at why… Carbon steel has been in use for nearly 2,000 years, but rose to prominence during the late industrial revolution when steel makers really began to exploit the properties that a little carbon ...

  • Biosorption of praseodymium (III) using Terminalia arjuna bark powder in batch systems: isotherm and kinetic studies

    The high demand for rare earth elements (REEs) used in various advanced materials implies demand for increased production of REEs or the recycling of solutions to recover the REEs they contain. In this study, the biosorption of Pr(III) from aqueous solution by bark powder of Terminalia arjuna was examined in a batch system as a function of metal concentration, biosorbent dosage, pH and ...


    By IWA Publishing

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