Evaluating health risk from air pollution using advanced monitoring methods, such as ion chromatography, or IC analysis, is the purpose of a research experiment that was launched last month in Kathmandu, Nepal. Environmental health scientist Rick Peltier from the University of Massachusetts Amherst is using X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) to measure air pollution metal content […]
GC/MS Analysis Identifies Dangerous Mosquitoes
GC/MS Application: Identifying Dangerous Mosquitoes Threatening about half of the global population and causing over 660,000 deaths per year, mainly of young children in Africa, malaria is an infamous mosquito-borne disease. However, there are many other species of mosquito which can be equally as deadly at transmitting diseases like West Nile virus, Rift Valley fever […]
Is the Food in Your ‘Fridge Killing You?
Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy, or FTIR analysis, may someday be used at your local grocery store. According to Ashraf Ismail, associate professor in the Canadian Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, in the future, FTIR analysis could be used in supermarkets to identify bacteria in food before it kills you! Ismail should know; he […]
Can Cancer be identified in your Bad Breath?
Are you the kind of person who’s always popping breath mints or chewing gum? Most of us spend our time trying to avoid bad breath, but have you ever considered that your breath could be telling you something important about your health? Breath may be a useful sample source for clinicians who hope to use […]
Bringing FTIR Analysis to the Crime Scene
Developments in FTIR analysis are speeding up criminal investigations. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, or FTIR analysis, is at the scene of the crime, yielding immediate results. Throughout the United States, law enforcement agencies are using FTIR analysis in order to obtain lab testing results without delay, notes forensic scientist Peter Massey. “The goal is to […]
Mass Spectrometry Extracts Proteins from Wooly Mammoth
Using ultra-high resolution gc/ms analysis, bio-archaeologists from the University of York and Manchester successfully extracted protein from the bones of a 600,000-year-old mammoth. (Mass spectrometry is a process used to identify chemicals in a substance by their mass and charge.) The archeological breakthrough represents another chapter in a story that began over 20 years ago […]
Using GC/MS Analysis to Measure Variants in Extra Virgin Olive Oil
GC/MS Analysis Application: Oil Analysis You’ve spent a lot of extra money for that extra virgin olive oil you’ve been drizzling on to your salad, but industry experts say that you likely wasted your money on fake oil. These olive oil experts estimate that between 50% and up to as high as 80% of extra virgin olive oil […]
Using GC/MS to Analyze Unknown Compounds In Manufacturing
During the manufacturing process unknown compounds may be left in a product. GC/MS is used by manufacturers to detect residual solvents trapped in a product either from the production line or cleaning process, trace levels of impurities in liquids, or atmospheric impurities in a sealed environment. The detection of these foreign compounds left behind may […]