The end of the year is as good a time as ever to reflect.
Here at Spectroscopy, this often means sifting through our most read content. This year, our most popular articles include a mix of stories about notable analytical scientists, artificial intelligence, regulations, and more.
Below, you’ll find an assortment of our most popular news articles, columns, Q&As, and features, in no particular order.
What was your favorite article that ran in Spectroscopy this year? Send me an email at email@example.com and let me know.
Acrylate polymers are derivatives of acrylic acid but contain a plethora of different functional groups and are best discussed by themselves. In this column, we study the spectrum of an important polymer, polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), which is otherwise known as plexiglass, and is found in windows, car parts, and paint. We then study the spectra of PMMA mixtures and copolymers in detail.
Craig Prater was named the 2023 recipient of the Williams-Wright Award, which is given out annually by the Coblentz Society. He was recognized at Pittcon 2023, which took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read more to learn about his career.
Scientists have investigated the sorption mechanism of organic compounds on a mineral composite sorbent using infrared spectroscopy providing insights for the development of effective wastewater purification methods.
Artificial intelligence (AI), and its subfield machine learning (ML), are major buzzwords in today’s technology world. In a two-part series, let’s begin to look under the hood and behind the scenes to see what AI is and its applicability to analytical chemistry and spectroscopy for future discussion and elaboration. What are the benefits and limitations, as well as the praises and detractions, of AI? How does AI relate to chemometrics?
Felipe Bachion de Santana of Teagasc in Wexford, Ireland, is exploring new ways to monitor soil quality through using spectroscopic techniques. Read more about his work in this Q&A.
This year’s Emerging Leader in Molecular Spectroscopy Award recipient is Dmitry Kurouski, an assistant professor of chemistry at the Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. From his early research days as a graduate student at State University of New York in Albany, Kurouski’s research has emphasized the development and application of innovative Raman spectroscopy methods for noninvasive, nondestructive analyses of biological materials.
Computerized system validation (CSV) in good practice (GxP)-regulated laboratories is alleged to take ages and generate piles of paper to keep inspectors and auditors quiet. To the rescue is the draft FDA guidance on computer software assurance (CSA). But...is this really the case?
Although infrared (IR) absorption spectroscopy can quantify complex biomolecules and their structural conformations, analyzing proteins in aqueous solutions with the technique can be a challenge since strong IR absorption of water will overwhelm the detection system’s limited dynamic range. As a result, the yield is only a very short path and a limited concentration sensitivity. Young Jong Lee and his colleagues at the Biosystems and Biomaterials Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland, have developed a solvent absorption compensation (SAC) approach which, by distinguishing the analyte signal over the full dynamic range at each wavelength, can improve the sensitivity of the concentration and extend the available path length. Lee spoke to Spectroscopy about this approach.
The year 2023 marks the 40th anniversary of the commercialization of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Today, there are close to 2000 ICP-MS systems installed worldwide every year, representing around $400M in annual sales. These instruments are used for a wide variety of applications, from routine, high throughput multielement analysis to more complex tasks, such as trace element speciation studies with high-performance liquid chromatography and monitoring of nanoparticles. My column this month will look at the evolving ICP-MS marketplace, highlighting current application trends (compared to other analytical spectroscopy techniques), and where the technique might be heading 5–10 years from now.
A new revision to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Compliance Program Guide for Pre-Approval Inspections (PAIs) has added a fourth objective: Commitment to Quality in Pharmaceutical Development.