June 2016

The New Blue

Blue spheres

Back in 2009, chemists at Oregon State University were heating manganese oxide, along with other chemicals, to examine some of its electronic properties. Once the combination reached 1200 degrees celcius (2000 degrees farenheit) the group "inadvertently birthed a new pigment": YInMn blue, according to IFLScience.com.

Olive Oil Promising New Delivery Method

Two Bottles of Olive Oil

BCG is a bladder cancer treatment that uses immunotherapy based on the bacteria Mycobacterium bovis. While an effective treatment, it can also cause infections in patients. One year ago, it was announced that Mycobacterium brumae offered an improved alternative. The problem however became the delivery method.  Mycobacteria cells naturally clump together due to a high content of lipids in their walls.

New Approach to Spectroscopy

Blue Wavelength

Spectroscopy using the infrared spectrum can be an important but limited method of analytical technique. If your sample is water based for example, the technique won’t work as infrared is absorbed by water. You could use near-infrared light with water but near-infrared isn’t as sensitive as other wavelengths. Researchers at the University of Houston have reported a new approach to boot near-infrared’s potential.

Critical Analysis in the Field

Photo of the Torion T9 portable GC-MS system

Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrophotometry has long been used to provide analytical information for many types of organic analyses. Most often you think of a laboratory environment with controlled conditions. But more recently over the last decade, a new branch of use has evolved, where ruggedly constructed instruments can be taken out of the lab and out into the field. Instruments like the Torion T-9, an on the go lab from PerkinElmer.