The holiday season surrounds us with an abundance of food. Proteins, in particular, are essential for the human body; every cell in the body is powered by protein. Protein keeps us healthy and energized. According to Wikipedia, “dietary sources of protein include both animals and plants: meats, dairy products, fish and eggs as well as grains, legumes and nuts.”
The NIR Community from ASD Inc., a Malvern PANalytical company
In their investigation into the origin of the Selden Map of China, Kogou, et al. used several analytical techniques to characterize the map. ASD's LabSpec® 4 near-infrared (NIR) analyzer was used to characterize the pigment and binding medium. Future work will include the use of near-infrared analysis for direct analysis of the map itself. The non-invasive nature of ASD's LabSpec 4, plus the easily positioned fiber optic probe, means that they will be able to analyze any location on the map rather than being restricted to just a few spots or detached fragments. You can read Kogou, et al.'s research article, here
ASD Inc., a PANalytical company, part of Spectris and developer of high-performance near-infrared (NIR) analytical instrumentation and material analysis solutions, has learned that their LabSpec NIR analyzer is being used in the fight against Zika. Brent Olsen, VP & GM of ASD comments, “a key part of the ASD and PANalytical mission and vision is to create a better world by helping people to analyze materials that matter to them and the environment; as such, our organization is pleased that our solutions have the ability to help make a difference in the fight against Zika and Dengue.”
An article in The Atlantic talks about how the release of Wolbachia-infected Aedes aegypti mosquitos can be used to control the spread of the Dengue and Zika virus. For Dengue, strains of the Wolbachia bacterium greatly reduces the likelihood that Aedes mosquitoes carry the dengue virus; if the bacterium infects enough of the wild mosquito population, it may eliminate Aedes mosquitoes as a means of dengue transmission. Similar work has shown a reduction in the Zika virus in Wolbachia-infected Aedes aegypti mosquitos. The monitoring of the percentage of the natural population that is Wolbachia-infected is key to ensuring that the wild mosquito population is adequately infected with Wolbachia. This is where ASD's field portable LabSpec NIR analyzer comes in...
Our 2016 webinar series focuses on one ASD spectroscopy application each month.
If you haven't watched each of our previous webinars, visit our webinar recordings page to see what you missed. Some of our past topics include: NIR, Metamorphic Petrology, and Remote Sensing, On-orbit Sensor Absolute Radiometric Calibration for Earth Remote Sensing, and Adventures in Albedo.
This August, our webinar focuses on the application of raw material analysis.
In this webinar you will learn:
- A raw material analysis application solution showcasing the use of NIR in testing system design and compliance review
- Best practices to identify adulterants in raw materials and identify finished products for compliance using an ASD instrument
- An example of the successful development of a unique library featuring more than 4000 validated reference standards for rapid non- destructive identification analysis using ASD software and spectrometers
In the recent research summarized below, researchers used a LabSpec lab analyzer to study olive oil characterization and to evaluate artwork condition.
ASD's LabSpec used in study to improve methods of olive oil characterization
In "Optical path length and wavelength selection using Vis/NIR spectroscopy for olive oil's free acidity determination" Juan Francisco García Martín of the Spanish National Research Council used an ASD LabSpec near infrared analyzer to improve the NIR method for determination of olive oil free acidity.
Guest blogger, and 2014 Goetz Instrument Support Program participant, John A. Servello of the University of North Texas, details his use of a LabSpec 4 benchtop analyzer with a bifurcated reflectance fiber optic contact probe to determine if NIR spectroscopy can be used to provide a postmortem interval range for human skeletal remains.