ATR spectroscopy News

  • Test food with the Quest ATR

    The Quest ATR can test for various food types without affecting the sample. Water, fat, proteins and carbohydrates are just some of the components of food that can affect taste, consistency and healthiness. Particularly when preparing food in bulk or using ingredients procured from an unknown source, quality checking is an important step for safety in food consumption. ...


    By Specac Limited

  • The Quest ATR is perfect for testing soil

    The ecological health of soil can be monitored with the Quest ATR. The organic and mineral components of soil can be established by testing with ATR-IR spectroscopy. Check your plants/crops/etc have the right nutrients for good health. Make sure there is enough calcium, not too much nitrogen or carbon. Map large areas according to the deficit or abundance of minerals. The ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Using infrared spectroscopy to examine functionalised nanoparticles

    For example, nanoparticles are used in catalysis to improve the production rate in commercial processes, and in electrode structures to develop better batteries. They’re also useful in cosmetics and coatings, and in nanocomposites where the surface properties of the individual nanoparticle influence the behaviour of the entire composite [1]. ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Test leather without pellets using the Quest ATR

    The Specac Quest ATR can provide easy testing for harmful chromate in leather. Through extensive contact with the skin, chromium can be toxic and cause contact allergic dermatitis, as well as triggering other diseases. This effect is most common when chromium is found in the salt form. Yet this substance is still used in parts of the ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Test paint in any way you like with the Quest ATR

    The spectral value of paint can be quickly and accurately measured with the Quest ATR. Paint production requires stringent quality control. From viscosity to dispersion and even fire-resistance, paint is tested thoroughly to ensure it meets the trademark quality of its producer. Spectral analysis is used in some of the most important steps of this quality control. With ...


    By Specac Limited

  • On-site analysis of cannabis potency using Infrared spectroscopy

    Cannabis is increasingly being recognised for its therapeutic value. This has led to a reduction in its regulation, and even its legalisation, by many different governments. As cannabis production becomes legalised and regulated it is important that manufacturers can assess the chemical content and potency of their plants. The value of cannabis in the control of pain, spasm and a range of ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Our visit to Newcastle University

    Specac travelled north to Newcastle upon Tyne in July to pay a visit to the chemical engineering labs at one of Britain's best research universities. Established in 1834 as a school of medicine and surgery, which joined with a college of physical science in 1871, Newcastle University now boasts membership to the prestigious Russell Group of 24 world leading research-focussed ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Agilent Technologies Introduces Portable FTIR Package to Identify Polymers, Measure Total Phthalates

    Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the Agilent 4500 Polymer Package, designed to help manufacturers ensure the quality and safety of products made from PVC polymer. "There is a critical need to both ...


    By Agilent Technologies, Inc.

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Offers Free of Charge FT-IR Educational Experiments

    MADISON, WI – Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, announces the availability of basic educational packages for Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrometers. For use in classroom or teaching laboratory environments, the experiments offer an insight into the theory and operation of FT-IR spectroscopy and are suitable for use in undergraduate, technical and ...

  • Specac’s 45th Anniversary

    HOW LONG have you known Specac? Do you remember the days of Stan Ranson and Bernard Hawker, who along with Terry Horsley and Harry Merralls, set up Specac in 1971? Are you a Graseby Specac person, which was the name of the company between 1991 and 1999? To a lot of people, Specac is a name that has been with them throughout their career. This year we’re celebrating our 45th anniversary, our ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Investigate C-H functionalization with in situ FTIR

    The past two decades has seen an explosive growth in the development of methods for C-H functionalization. These methodologies provide a wide range of very useful techniques for the synthesis of a diverse range of complex targets, such as natural products and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Webinar: Impact ...


    By Mettler - Toledo Int. Inc

  • Specac launches innovative Pearl liquid analysis accessory

    Tuesday 10th November 2015, at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Piccadilly, London, saw the launch of Specac's ground breaking new Pearl liquid analysis accessory. The Pearl is the latest high quality, high specification infrared spectroscopy product from the Specac design team, reflecting great, British engineering. Following the introduction of Quest ATR, the leading product of ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Specac and rubber analysis applications

    Earlier this year the Guardian ran a story discussing how a father blames 3G ‘crumb-rubber’ football pitches for his son’s cancer. “Nigel Maguire said his 18-year-old son Lewis has Hodgkin’s lymphoma after being exposed to the 'crumb ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Specac looks forward to a bright future outside Smiths Group

    Specac International Limited announces that today, members of its executive team have partnered with Venture Capital Trust company, The Foresight Group to purchase the company from Smiths Group plc, owners of Specac since 1997. Specac Managing Director, David Smith says, “Specac’s growth in recent years has been achieved through its focus on high quality, high specification ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Specac Limited: Testing chocolate for contaminants

    If you haven't bitten into a chunk of plastic when you last ate a Mars Bar or Snickers, you may think there's no chance of eating any contaminants with your elevensee's. But not all foreign objects in food can be seen with human eyes. Straight-forward chocolate generally consists of coca butter, egg white, organic acids, cellulose, polyphenols, water, minerals, salts, theobromine, ...


    By Specac Limited

  • ACD/Labs Adds Leading Spectral Databases to UVIR Manager Software Platform

    Toronto, Canada and Tokyo, Japan (February 22, 2005) - Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc., (ACD/Labs) and S.T. Japan, Inc. are ...

  • Californians Look to LA Testing to Identify “Ghosting” Phenomenon Caused by Soot

    In recent years, companies such as LA Testing have witnessed an increasing number of complaints relating to the sudden and unexpected appearance of soot-like material observed in homes and commercial buildings. These stains may form on carpets, walls, plastic objects and other materials, and are commonly noted around ventilation grilles and electrical outlets.  Often times, the ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • California Testing Lab Helps Clear The Air with Wildfire Smoke Damage in Homes

    In recent years, there has been an increasing number of complaints relating to the sudden and unexpected appearance of soot-like material observed in homes and commercial buildings.  These stains may form on carpets, walls, plastic objects and other materials, and have been noted around ventilation grilles and electrical outlets.  The culprit for this “ghosting” phenomenon ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Worldwide FT-IR Imaging Leader, Perkinelmer, Introduces Latest Innovations With Spotlight™ 400 FT-IR, 400N FT-NIR Imaging Systems

    New Imaging Systems Provide Increased Productivity & Greater Understanding of Samples for Laboratories in Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Materials, Forensics and Academic Industries ATLANTA – PerkinElmer Inc. (NYSE: PKI), a global leader in Health Sciences and Photonics, today at Neuroscience 2006, Booth #1148, announced the newest innovations in FT-IR Imaging with the launch of the Spotlight™ ...


    By PerkinElmer, Inc.

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