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2012-03-02 13:09:00

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., March 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Block MEMS has been awarded a major contract from Johns Hopkins University in support of the Department of Defense intelligence community to develop and supply miniaturized, handheld versions of its battery operated Portable Hazard Observation System (PORTHOS(TM)). PORTHOS is a man portable passive Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer (http://blockeng.com/products/porthos.html). Under this contract Block will develop and supply a...

2012-02-23 08:47:00

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Block MEMS has recently been awarded a prestigious Army Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase II Enhancement Contract. This award follows Block's previous success in winning a Phase II Commercialization Pilot Program (CPP) award for its versatile LaserScan(TM) Analyzer. Petros Kotidis, CEO of Block MEMS, stated, "The focus of this new award will be on enhancing the LaserScan's capabilities through the development of novel chemical...

2011-12-19 13:18:54

The main problem associated with measuring the effects of fire on materials lies in the temperature of the flames, which reaches over 1000 ºC and can obscure the actual temperature of the material. In addition, there is the problem of the high concentration of gasses (CO2, H2O and others), which makes it difficult to obtain clear images of the sample being subjected to fire. In order to solve this problem, the UC3M scientists who developed this method used a measurement that utilizes the...

2011-07-13 08:11:00

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Block Engineering, a leading developer of MEMS, laser and FTIR spectroscopy sensors, announced today that Jeff Sherman has joined the company as its new Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Jeff will lead all sales activities at Block, as the company aggressively pursues the introduction of its Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) based handheld and portable spectrometers for detection and identification of chemical threats. Petros Kotidis, CEO of...

2011-04-21 14:43:59

Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered how fat, oil and grease (FOG) can create hardened deposits in sewer lines: it turns into soap! The hardened deposits, which can look like stalactites, contribute to sewer overflows. "We found that FOG deposits in sewage collection systems are created by chemical reactions that turn the fatty acids from FOG into, basically, a huge lump of soap," says Dr. Joel Ducoste, a professor of civil, construction and environmental...

2011-04-04 09:18:00

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Block Engineering, a leading developer of Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) based spectrometers, announced today that Michael L. Bickford, of Vero Beach, Florida, has made a major equity investment and has become a Director. Daniel J. Cavicchio, Jr., Executive Chairman, said: "I am very pleased that Michael has decided to join our company. Block is now positioned to expand its commercial markets and is prepared for rapid growth, which fits with...

2011-03-09 12:05:00

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Block Engineering, a leading developer of mid-infrared spectroscopic devices, announced today the launch of its next generation QScan (TM) technology, which enables its Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) spectroscopic products to perform up to 100 spectral scans per second. This is a revolutionary technological advancement, which radically increases analysis and detection speed and improves detection limits. It will now become the standard "engine"...

2011-02-24 08:47:00

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Block Engineering, a developer of Quantum Cascade Laser-based spectrometers, has been awarded the Silver Medal in the Gases & Instrumentation 2011 Golden Gas Awards. The Golden Gas Award is an international competition sponsored by Gases & Instrumentation Magazine to recognize the leading new gas analysis products of 2010. Paul Nesdore, Publisher/Editor of Gases & Instrumentation Magazine commented that, "The LaserScan was...

2010-11-18 09:15:00

The ability to tell the difference between crystals that formed naturally and those formed by human activity can be important to archaeologists in the field. This can be a crucial bit of information in determining the ancient activities that took place at a site, yet archaeologists often wait for months for the results of laboratory tests. Now, however, an international team of physicists, archaeologists and materials scientists has developed a process that can tell in a matter of minutes the...

2010-11-12 07:58:00

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Block Engineering, a developer of Quantum Cascade Laser-based spectrometers, has been named a finalist in the 2010 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. The Prism Awards is an international competition sponsored by Photonics Media and SPIE to recognize photonics products that break conventional ideas, solve problems and improve life through the generation and harnessing of light. "LaserScan(TM) is a revolutionary portable product that can...