Members of Spectroscopy's readership have always been attuned to the science behind the headlines.
Members of Spectroscopy's readership have always been attuned to the science behind the headlines. That spectroscopy and spectroscopic techniques are behind countless everyday technologies and devices is well known to professionals in this industry. Spectroscopy finds application in nearly every facet of everyday life, from pharmaceutical analysis to the biomedical field to environmental testing, and this Application Notebook is a tribute to just how thoroughly separation science permeates our daily lives.
However, as this, the September edition of The Application Notebook, reaches Spectroscopy's readership, spectroscopy has come to the forefront of the mass media like few other times before, as perhaps no incident has brought the application of spectroscopy to the forefront of the world's consciousness like the Gulf Oil Spill has in recent months. Spectroscopy has been used to map the surface of the spill, as spectroscopic imaging instrumentation has been placed aboard high-tech NASA aircraft high above the Gulf. Mass spectrometry is one of the keys to the food testing and air quality testing processes that will determine when the air is breathable and the food supply safe for public consumption. In short, spectroscopy has entered into mainstream news articles and television stories with a vengeance.
Here at Spectroscopy, we believe this demonstrates the need for a supplement such as this one more than ever. As scientists grapple with life-affecting, real world crises such as this one, with potential consequences as serious as they have ever been, having a one-of-a-kind resource at your fingertips becomes critical. A dire occasion such as this one illustrates how important it is to have the latest cutting-edge applications research on-hand in the lab.
We hope you find this issue useful and informative, and as always, feel free to contact us at the addresses below or at the phone numbers listed in the masthead with your feedback.
Michael J. Tessalone
Science Group Publisher
Michael J. Tessalone