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Analytical Testing News Roundup: GC/MS Uncovers ‘Old Book Smell’ & FTIR for Stars

April 2017 Analytical Testing News RoundupAnalytical testing techniques are used by companies, scientists and researchers all over the world to make interesting and groundbreaking discoveries.

Here we roundup some of the most interesting and cool bits of news and research featuring analytical testing methods such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis and gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS)in action:

1. Scientists Uncover What Gives Old Books Their Distinct Smell

For many people, the smell of old books is a glorious and intoxicating smell. As it turns out, all books age differently, and depending on where the paper was made and printed—they can give off different smells.


Utility & Versatility: 6 Surprising, Innovative Uses of FTIR Analysis

Uses of FTIR Testing & AnalysisFourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) has origins that date all the way back to the early 19th Century, when Sir William Herschel first developed prism-based techniques for measuring IR spectra. Today, FTIR testing and analysis has become go-to quality assurance measure for manufacturers, as well as a scientific tool for everything from crime scene investigation to identifying gemstones.

Why? Because FTIR testing can determine a sample’s molecular composition and structure, making it a simple and fast tool for identifying unknown materials or contaminants.


Analytical Testing News Roundup: Brew School, Cocoa Beans & Pesticide-Free Produce

March 2017 Analytical Testing News RoundupAnalytical testing techniques are used by companies, scientists and researchers all over the world to make interesting and groundbreaking discoveries.

Here we roundup some of the most interesting bits of news and research featuring analytical testing methods such as gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).

1. University of New Hampshire to Launch Brewing Sciences Program

University of New Hampshire (UNH) students interested in learning about what it takes to become a commercial beer brewer will soon have the opportunity to get some hands-on experience.


Unraveling the Scent: How Perfume Makers Use GC/MS Analysis

Perfume Analysis Using GC/MSThe calming scent of fresh jasmine. The refreshing aroma of orange. The intoxicating smell of cinnamon. For centuries, humans have been adorning themselves with fragrant perfumes and oils to feel happier, treat medical conditions, show personality and simply smell amazing.

As a result, the fragrance industry is hard at work developing and perfecting scents that we’ll go crazy for. In fact, the global perfume market value was estimated to hit nearly $40 billion by the end of 2016, and is expected to grow by 5.9% in the next 10 years, according to Future Market Insights.


Analytical Testing News Roundup: Early Breast Cancer Detection, Studying Ancient Humans & Stinky Fruit

February 2017 Analytical Testing News RoundupAnalytical testing techniques are used by companies, scientists and researchers all over the world to make interesting and groundbreaking discoveries.

Here we roundup some of the most interesting and cool bits of news and research featuring analytical testing methods such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis and gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS)in action:

1. GC/MS Shows Promise as Technique for Phthalate Separation

Phthalates are classified as anti-androgen endocrine disruptors, which affect the action of male hormones. As a result, steps have been taken in recent years to restrict their use in items such as toys and childcare products, according to SeparationsNow.


4 Examples of FTIR Analysis at Work in the Manufacturing Industry

FTIR Analysis in ActionFTIR analysis, or Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, is a useful, accurate and fast materials analysis technique with wide ranging applications—and it’s especially useful for quality control in manufacturing.

If you’re unfamiliar, FTIR is used to identify organic and some inorganic materials through the application of infrared radiation (IR). For manufacturers, this technique can be used to identify unknown materials or contaminants that can or have affected product quality, function or safety. It’s also a technique that’s often used by researchers and scientists in the development of new products.

Below we give you a peek at this versatile analytical testing technique in action.


Analytical Testing News Roundup: Bringing Back the Sweetness in Tomatoes & Finding Alien Life

Analytical testing techniques are used by scientists and researchers all over the world to make interesting and groundbreaking discoveries.

Here we roundup some of the most interesting and cool bits of news and research featuring analytical testing methods such as FTIR analysis and gas chromatography mass spectrometry in action:

1. Gas Chromatography Helps Researchers Discover the Lost Flavor of Tomatoes

Decades of commercial growing have transformed the once sweet taste of tomatoes. Now, a new study from horticultural scientists at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul has uncovered which flavor-genes have been lost over the years.


Why Does Particle Size Distribution Matter to Manufacturers?

Particle Size DistributionParticle size distribution is important for understanding the physical and chemical properties of a material, making it a great cleanliness and quality assurance tool for manufacturers across a variety of industries.

If you’re not familiar with particle size distribution, have no fear. Below we define what particle size distribution is and why it matters to manufacturers, as well as highlight a common analytical technique that’s used to determine distribution and size.

What is particle size distribution?

Simply put, particle size distribution (PSD) indicates the size and the portion of particles present in a specific sample.


Analytical Testing News Roundup: Wu-Tang Clan Infused Beer, Healthy Chocolate & Wine Aromatics

Analytical News Testing Roundup by Innovatech LabsScientists, researchers and companies all over the world use analytical testing and chemistry techniques every day to make interesting, groundbreaking discoveries.

Here we round up some recent interesting and cool bits of news and research featuring traditional analytical testing methods such as GC/MS and infrared spectroscopy, as well as emerging techniques, too.

1. Craft Brewery Infuses its Beer with a Hint of Wu-Tang Clan

A Cary, NC craft brewery is infusing one of its brews with the musical flavors of Wu-Tang Clan.


The Future of Food: How Analytical Techniques Are Changing Our Food

Burgers & BeerFrom veggie burgers that taste, smell, cook and look like real beef to transforming water into wine, the way we “grow” and make food and drink is changing—and analytical chemistry techniques are playing a major role.

“The future of food is synthetic,” Alec Lee, co-founder of Ava Winery, said in a recent interview with the Napa Valley Register. “Producing synthetic food is basically the next technology boom. Food tech is going crazy right now.”