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2017 ASD Webinar Season Series Summary

December 27, 2017


This year, ASD continued our webinar series initiative whereby we invited some of our well known ASD instrument users and customers to share and discuss their various and diverse application uses.

From Mars and malt barley to mosquitoes and postmortem bones, here is a look back at the interesting applications that made up ASD's 2017 webinar series (click on the image to watch the webinar on-demand!):   



October's ASD Webinar - Forensic Anthropology and Post-Mortem Bones

October 03, 2017


October's ASD webinar speaker is John Servello. John is a Forensic Anthropologist in the Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center (HSC) in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Prior to joining UNT, John worked as a Medicolegal Death Investigator for the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in Austin, Texas. John is currently pursuing his PhD in Biological Sciences at UNT in Denton, Texas (pending defense). 

John has taught laboratory courses for UNT-Denton in physical anthropology and human evolution, comparative vertebrate anatomy, and human anatomy and physiology. He is currently adjunct faculty at Brookhaven College in Dallas, where he teaches lecture and laboratory components for a course in physical anthropology and human evolution.

Along with NIR research applications in forensic anthropology, John’s prior research (MS work) involved thermal remote sensing and image analysis of simulated clandestine burials.

John is a 2014 winner of ASD's Goetz Instrument Support Program, which we are now accepting submissions for, through October 20th!


The October webinar focuses on the application study of forensic anthropology and on the analysis of post-mortem bones, and features ASD’s LabSpec® 4 Standard-Res Lab Analyzer

Tis' The Season For Proteins!

December 25, 2016

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.”

Tis' The Season For Holiday Treats!

December 21, 2016

The holiday season is in full swing! Perhaps you are involved in some traditional holiday baking of your own? And, perhaps your holiday baking recipe calls for flour?

Spectroscopy In Analyzing Works of Art

October 24, 2016

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

Future of Zika and Dengue are threatened, with help from ASD's LabSpec Analyzer

October 05, 2016

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.”

ASD's LabSpec helps in the fight against Zika and Dengue

August 12, 2016

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... 

Join us for our next free webinar - How to Effectively Comply with Raw Material Identification and Purity Requirements without Losing Your Bottom Line

August 09, 2016

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

Application Roundup: ASD's LabSpec used to study olive oil and artwork

November 18, 2015

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.

ASD is going to Brazil!

April 07, 2015

Announcing ASD Service Center for Brazil

We are excited to announce that our new Brazil-based NIR service center is open for business.

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