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A method for the direct analysis of trace elements in seawater samples by ICP-MS, one of the most difficult matrices to analyse for the presence of heavy metals and other trace elements.


The different steps involved in analysing microplastics—including the initial sampling through to data analysis—are discussed in this article.


This article shows how an ultra-stable femtosecond amplifier enables high data output in 2D IR spectroscopic studies of biological membranes and surfactants.


Photo of sources of microplastics and a fish on a blue background

A hybrid system using holography and Raman spectroscopy offers promise for monitoring microplastics at depths where sea life outnumbers the plastics.


Diagram of the analysis process

In this application note, pyrite impurities and major elements distribution in a commercial lapis lazuli pendant are studied.


Photo of an electric car being charged

ICP-MS is used to identify the presence of impurities in lithium battery materials.


Photo of cell culture bottle

A wide spectrum of elements in cell culture media samples were analysed with high accuracy and precision using PerkinElmer’s NexION® 5000 Multi-Quadrupole ICP-MS instrument.


The in situ characterisation of protein unfolding, including intermediate conformations is the holy grail for a host of biological questions.


Photo of milk in a glass

The Pearl™ FT-IR transmission accessory is used to analyse milk to meet quality control standards.


Plot of spectra

The SC-41 fluorescence Plate Reader enables high-throughput measurements on the FS5 spectrofluorometer via automated measurements of microwell plates.


Raman spectra overlayed on photos of grapes and a bottle of Pisco

Raman spectroscopy is being used to distinguish between pure varieties and mixtures, and even identify the specific grape varietal.


Schematic of the analysis

Micro-XRF is a versatile tool for fast analysis of NiP and Au dual-layer plating thickness on circuit boards without requiring sample preparation.


Schematic of chlorophyll determination

Fluorescence-based methods to detect and quantify Chlorophyll A offer higher sensitivity than absorbance-based methods.


Time Resolved difference IR spectra

Learn how the High Temperature Golden Gate™ ATR has been used with a fast time‑resolved IR laser spectrometer to yield important insights into reaction kinetics.


FT-IR spectra showing the CH3 deformation vibration of simeticone

This application note describes the quantification of Simeticone according to European Pharmacopoeia Standard 10.0 (01/2017:1470) using the Specac Pearl™.


Photo of the Thermo Scientific ARL PERFORM’X WDXRF spectrometer

This application note describes complete soil and sediment analysis with the Thermo Scientific ARL PERFORM’X WDXRF spectrometer.


Diagram of the analysis

Fluorescence spectroscopy, Raman microscopy and particle size distribution analysis are used to characterise sunscreens.


Photo of agar plates

This application note presents how and if NIR spectroscopy can be used to identify optimal and sub-optimal lots of powdered gelatine agar.


Plot of identified SWCNT structures from the excitation emission matrix

Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have unique electrical, thermal, mechanical and optical properties which make them attractive for a wide variety of applications; ranging from drug delivery to battery electrodes. SWCNTs can be envisaged as a graphene layer that has been rolled up into a cylinder with different tube structures possible depending on how the graphene layer is rolled. The tube diameter and chirality (orientation of the graphene lattice with respect to the tube axis) are defined by the roll-up vector.