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Infrared Spectroscopy – News and Features

Quantum infrared spectroscopy using ultra-broadband entangled photons.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
Hands hold two packaged joints of meat in a grocery store.
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Meat Authenticity and Tackling Meat Fraud

Due to the horsemeat scandal that rocked the European food industry in 2013, the industry as a whole is now more prepared to tackle incidents of suspected fraud. This article explores the analytical tools used to authenticate meat and tackle meat fraud.
A starry sky above mountains.
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Amino Acids May Have Formed Alongside Stars or Planets

While life on Earth is relatively new, geologically speaking, the ingredients that combined to form it might be much older than once thought. According to research the simplest amino acid, could have formed alongside stars or planets.
A picture taken from within the of the mouth of a cave, looking out to sea.
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Microplastics Found in Cave Closed to Visitors for 30 Years

Researchers in Missouri have found high concentrations of microplastic in Cliff Cave, a cave system in Saint Louis County that has been closed off to visitors for the past 30 years. The extent of the microplastic contamination is detailed in two new research papers, published in Science of the Total Environment and Water Research.
Clouds in the sky.
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How Do Microplastics in Cloud Water Impact Climate Change?

Plastic waste that accumulates on land eventually ends up in the ocean as microplastics. However, it is now speculated that microplastics are also present in the atmosphere, contained in clouds.
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