Specac - Quest ATR Spectroscopy Accessory
The Quest ATR Accessory is a performance single-reflection ATR accessory from Specac designed for laboratory spectroscopic sample analysis in the mid- and far-infrared. With innovative optical design and durable monolithic diamond ATR crystal option, this sets the benchmark in performance and value for ATR spectroscopy.
The Quest's innovative optical design is based around all reflective gold-coated optics, and features Specac's Synopti-Focal Array technology with precision-moulded aspheric mirrors. These features allow for a high throughput accessory with an extended wavelength capability suitable for both mid and far-IR spectroscopy.
Four interchangeable ATR crystal pucks are available for the Quest:
- High throughput diamond
- Extended wavelength diamond
Each puck is made from hardened stainless steel and are held in place on the accessory magnetically making them easily interchangeable without requiring additional alignment.
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Specac Visits Newcastle University Video
We visited Newcastle University. Dr Attidekou and students Hang and Xinxing spoke to us about life in Newcastle, CO2 capture/conversion into green fuels and how they found using our Quest accessory for FTIR-ATR analysis.
Quest ATR Analysis Accessory - Video
We try out our Quest ATR accessory with the Shimadzu Affinity spectrometer.
Webinar: Introduction to IR Spectroscopy Video
This webinar was aimed at students and researchers who are new to IR spectroscopy and would like to become more familiar with the theory as well as the key transmission and reflectance techniques used.
20% discount available on Advanced Solid Pack for Americas end-user customers
We are offering our end-user customers across the Americas a 20% discount off of the list price of the Specac Advanced FTIR Starter Kit. To be eligible for this discount, please request a quote and include the discount code `HOLIDAY20`. The Advanced Starter Kit contains a complete range of products for the analysis of solid and liquid samples. It is easy to expand this pack`s capability with the purchase of additional windows, spacers, dies or heating options. Terms & conditions: this promotion of a 20%...
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 other diseases (e.g., bipolar disorder and certain cancers) is becoming established across the medical world . Medicinal...
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 universities. We joined Dr Attidekou et al to learn more about what they do and demonstrate to them the potential benefits of using our...
Historic England use our Golden Gate to carbon date bone
Select Science recently ran a story featuring our Golden Gate ATR accessory. Historic England, formerly English Heritage, were prescreening collagen content in archaeological bone samples at Oxford University. Radiocarbon dating of bone samples depends on the integrity of bone collagen, the substance which tells analysts the age of the bone. So integrity tests were essential for the selection of representative samples for the multivariate analysis across a range of bones. By analysing a tiny amount of bone...
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 rubber` on the surface, telling the BBC: `Lewis would be training on this stuff once or twice a week for four or five years, and he would come back telling me how he swallowed a lot of it, how it got into his eyes, and in cuts and grazes.`” ATR...
Prevent botulism with the Pearl or Quest
Clostridium botulinum is the germ that produces the toxin Botulism, which often occurs in canned, preserved or femernted foods, due to the lack of oxygen. Symptoms include: difficulty swallowing dry mouth slurred speech weak muscles double vision vomiting vertigo diarrhoea progressively worse muscle paralysis Testing liquids for clostridium botulinum Whether it is drinking water or some kind of liquid derived from the foodstuffs intended for consumption, regular testing is an essential part of...
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, sugar and some caffeine. White chocolate contains the most calories. It`s a straight-forward recipe that is fairly easy to...
Great news: 20% off the Quest ATR
Specac is turning 45 soon. We`ve decided to grow soft in our old age. All university customers can claim a 20% discount on the Quest ATR, including the high quality diamond puck model. Quotes can only be obtained before April 30 2016, but will remain valid until the end of the year. Contact us for more information. Click here for information and application notes on the Quest ATR Accessory.
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. ATR-IR spectroscopy is an excellent method for testing to see if your food is fit for consumption. And by direct measurement of the sample, in...
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 global leather production trade for the tanning process. As a result, chromium ions are often present in leather materials and can therefore make contact with people on an everyday...
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 ATR-IR spectroscopy, the spectral blueprint of a paint’s colour can be found and compared to that of the benchmark standard. What if...
Optimising next-generation lithium ion batteries with infrared spectroscopy
Lithium batteries have become the mainstay of modern portable electronics, providing a reliable power source to run mobile phones, laptop computers and electric vehicles. Lithium technology is now even being developed on a large scale to provide electricity storage to supplement the National Grid during peak demand . The issue with lithium batteries remains the same – energy density – and prompts the question how can more power be packed into a smaller and lighter space? In pursuit of a radically...
Analysing four of the most contaminated foodstuffs
Food adulteration has been around since the Victorian times when cheese was often coloured with lead salts, beer and milk were watered down and flour was bulked out with chalk dust or ground bones . Governments apply stringent legislation and quality standards to food products but the practice of adulteration, driven by greed and profit, is still seen. There have been some very notable cases of food adulteration that highlight a problem rife in world markets . In November 2015 the Times of India ...
Analysing coloured smoke | Pearl or Quest?
Coloured smoke consists of an aerosol of tiny particles which is combusted or vaporized. The particular pigment or dye of each colour affects the colour of the smoke. The mixture usually includes a cool-burning formula based on potassium chlorate oxidiser, dextrin or lactose as fuel. Then one or more dyes are introduced to account for around half of the mixture. A small amount of sodium bicarbonate may also be added as a coolant. Smoke bombs The mixture in the smoke grenades you might see at a paintball match...