Latest Raman spectroscopy Stories

2009-01-22 03:15:00

AMSTERDAM, January 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Avantium Technologies announces the launch of a new system to study crystallization processes for the pharmaceutical industry. The system will be marketed under the name Crystalline. The Crystalline has been designed to address the need in the pharma industry to learn as much as possible about a drug candidate early in the development cycle. "Avantium is proud to launch its next system in crystallization research. The Crystalline follows the...

2008-08-06 12:00:12

A minimally invasive technology is being developed to diagnose Parkinson's disease, U.S. and Canadian researchers said. In the study, researchers Molecular Biometrics, LLC used spectroscopy to develop a metabolic profile -- or chemical signatures -- of biological markers for Parkinson's disease. There is currently no definitive laboratory diagnostic for Parkinson's disease. "The lack of an objective biomarker to aid diagnosis and therapeutics development is one of the single greatest...

2006-03-09 18:02:26

Arizona -- It'll be a snap to identify gemstones once Robert Downs finishes his library of spectral fingerprints for all the Earth's minerals. Downs is almost halfway there. So far, the associate professor of geosciences at The University of Arizona in Tucson has cataloged about 1,500 of the approximately 4,000 known minerals using a technique called Raman spectroscopy. The effort is known as the RRUFF Project. "We're developing a tricorder," Downs said, referring to the instrument used on...

2006-02-01 06:35:52

UCLA -- UCLA paleobiologist J. William Schopf and colleagues have produced 3-D images of ancient fossils -- 650 million to 850 million years old -- preserved in rocks, an achievement that has never been done before. If a future space mission to Mars brings rocks back to Earth, Schopf said the techniques he has used, called confocal laser scanning microscopy and Raman spectroscopy, could enable scientists to look at microscopic fossils inside the rocks to search for signs of life, such as...

2005-08-30 14:25:00

One of the great challenges in the field of nanotechnology is optical imaging--specifically, how to design a microscope that produces high-resolution images of the nano-sized objects that researchers are trying to study. For example, a typical DNA molecule is only about three nanometers wide--so tiny that the contours of its surface are obscured by light waves, which are hundreds of nanometers long. Now, researchers from Stanford University have greatly improved the optical mismatch between...

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