Informing Spectroscopists for Over 40 Years


  • A Japanese research group has developed new techniques to perform analysis and imaging of chemical elements by taking images of a target material using an ordinary, visible-light digital camera with a slight modification, and obtaining X-ray spectra from processed images.

  • A new optical spectroscopy technique developed by researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab promises to improve accuracy and lower costs of real-time assessment of kidney function.

  • Stimulated Raman projection microscopy and tomography using a special type of laser beam to penetrate deep into tissue might lead to technologies that eliminate the need to draw blood for analyses including drug testing and early detection of diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

  • A research team at Osaka University has developed an approach to increase the resolution of multichannel spectrometers.

  • The WADI project is using hyperspectral, multispectral and thermographic infrared imaging to detect soil moisture and those leaks from water mains in rural areas.

  • Quantum mechanics dictates how particles and forces interact, and thus how atoms and molecules work, for example, what happens when a molecule goes from a higher-energy state to a lower-energy one. But beyond the simplest molecules, the details become very complex. Now, a Pixel-Imaging Mass Spectrometry camera and a femtosecond vacuum ultraviolet light source are showing how does quantum mechanics work in larger, more complex systems.

  • The 2017 Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award has been given to Professor Pawliszyn.

  • The Pittcon 2017 Williams-Wright Award has been made to ​Slobodan Sasic.

  • On 15 March Ghent University officially launches a prestigious research project on precision agriculture, led by Abdul Mouazen.

  • Princeton Instruments has appointed ROSH Electroptics as their exclusive sales representative in Israel.

  • Researchers have reported a new development of hyperspectral infrared nanoimaging. It is based on Fourier transform infrared nanospectroscopy (nano-FT-IR) and enables highly sensitive spectroscopic imaging of chemical composition with nanoscale spatial resolution.

  • Researcher from the Graphene Flagship have developed a novel graphene-based infrared (IR) detector demonstrating record high sensitivity for thermal detection. Graphene’s unique attributes pave the way for high-performance IR imaging and spectroscopy.

  • Remote simultaneous 3D and spectral imaging will provide direct identification of surface rust and corrosion on structures including bridges and pylons.

  • Terahertz imaging technology has the potential to help conservationists and academics better understand the history behind cultural artefacts.

  • Schematic of the TERS apparatus and the catalytic reaction studied

    The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the UK has used tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy to map catalytic reactions at the nanoscale for the first time.

  • A Lawrence Livermore engineer has been awarded $570,000 through the US Department of Energy SunShot initiative to explore spectroscopic technology as a means of detecting moisture build-up in solar cells.

  • Diagrams and images of the paths fluorescent particles take as they diffuse through a porous nanoscale structure

    Research from Rice University, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Kansas State University in the USA has used super-resolution microscopy and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy to characterize such nanoscale spaces in chromatography media.

  • Photograph of Renishaw’s senior executive management team breaking ground on the new facility

    Renishaw recently broke ground on its new 133,000 ft2 office and warehouse facility in West Dundee, IL, USA, about 40 miles from Chicago. The two-storey facility will be located at the Oakview Business Park and will be the company’s North American headquarters. The new building, planned to be ready in June 2016, will also include space for product development, testing, warehousing and distribution. The facility will consolidate the company’s two existing sites and can also accommodate future expansion.

  • Photo of hyperspectral system

    SPECIM, Spectral Imaging Oy Ltd, has received 5.3 M€ of financing to ensure its growth. The financing package consists of venture capital financing by Teknoventure Oy of Oulu, Finland, and R&D financing by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. The company, which was founded in 1995 by three former researchers of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, is known for its hyperspectral technology. The spectral imaging camera products are widely used in various industrial, environmental and defence applications.

  • Images of fingerprints showing the change in distribution of palmitic acid and the more immobile waxy residue.

    Watch the imprint of a tyre track in soft mud, and it will slowly blur, the ridges of the pattern gradually flowing into the valleys. Using imaging mass spectrometry, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have tested the theory that a similar effect could be used to give forensic scientists something they have long wished for: a way to date fingerprints.

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