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Infrared Spectroscopy – News and Features

Stonehenge in daylight.

Ancient Glue Suggests Neanderthals and Early Humans Had Similar Thought Patterns

A new study of stone tools from the Middle Palaeolithic period – between 120,000 and 40,000 years ago – suggests that Neanderthals might have had a higher level of cognition than previously thought.
A close up of a leaf.

Efficiently Unlocking Plant Sugars Could Lead to Biofuels and Medicines

Research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) sheds new light on how to access the sugars locked up in plants to produce petroleum-free fuels, chemicals, and medicines.
Three scientists next to an imaging platform.

A Faster, More Efficient Imaging System for Nanoparticles

A high-precision, short-wave infrared imaging technique has advanced the imaging of nanoparticles, paving the way for promising applications within biomedical and information security.
A 3D model of a human brain.

Low-Dose X-ray Irradiation Shows Promise in Treating Brain Injury

CityU neuroscientists uncover the therapeutic potential of low-dose ionizing radiation for traumatic brain injury and ischemic stroke.
Quantum infrared spectroscopy using ultra-broadband entangled photons.

Researchers Develop Wider Bandwidth Quantum Infrared Spectroscopy

Our understanding of the world relies greatly on our knowledge of its constituent materials and their interactions. Recent advances in materials science technologies have ratcheted up our ability to identify chemical substances.
An illustration showing lithium ions (in pink) entering the layered cathode material structure.

Cobalt-Free Batteries Could Power the Next Generation of Electric Vehicles

A new battery cathode material could provide a more sustainable option for powering the next generation of electric cars.
Two images, one showing how the infrared spectroscopy technique works, the other showing a protein structure.

Single Protein Observed Using Infrared Near-Field Optical Microscopy

Infrared near-field optical microscopy has been used to observe the "molecular fingerprint" of single proteins.
Water being poured from a plastic bottle into a glass.

Bottled Water Contains Thousands of Nanoplastics

For the first time, researchers have been able to count and identify nanoplastics – plastic particles measuring less than one micrometer in size – in samples taken from bottled water.
Petrochemical plant

Why Do We Need Effective Testing Methods in the Petrochemical Industry?

Petrochemicals are ubiquitous in modern-day society. In this article, we explore the need for chemical analysis in the petrochemicals sector and the use of techniques such as gas chromatography and trace element analysis to achieve this.
A stretchy, patterned green fabric pulled into a swirl shape.

Researchers Overcome Significant Hurdle in Textile Recycling

Elastane presents a significant hurdle for textiles recycling due to its stretchy nature. A new elastane identification and separation process could help.