NIR Spectroscopy

Near infrared hyperspectral imaging detects peanut contamination

Study the label of almost any food product and you’re likely to see the rather vague warning “May contain peanuts” somewhere on there, unless of course it’s a product that definitely does contain peanuts. As now revealed in a paper in the latest issue of JNIRS—Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy, these warnings of peanut contamination could soon lose much of their uncertainty, thanks to NIR hyperspectral imaging.

NIR device to detect urinary tract infections

A wireless NIR device is being used to diagnose urinary tract infections in vulnerable patients.

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NREL turns to NIR spectroscopy for biomass analysis

The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) may soon need to add NIR spectroscopy to its approved list of analytical procedures for determining the composition of plant biomass.

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NIR and the Protection of Living Fossils

The Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus) is the world's largest amphibian (1.8 m in length and up to 40 kg). Due to its popularity both as a culinary delicacy and an ingredient in traditional medicine, it has been over-exploited and is now listed as Critically Endangered in the wild.

Preserved mosquitoes create a buzz for NIR spectroscopy

NIR spectroscopy is proving to be quite handy at identifying species of mosquito that transmit malaria, even after the mosquitoes have been frozen or dried and then stored for almost a year.

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NIR Spectroscopy Highlights

February 2015–Read more

  • Biomarkers in preterm infants
  • NIR assures chocolate quality
  • NIR improving your cup of coffee
  • Imaging mould growth on wood
  • Glucose in cell culture
  • Monitoring seedlings in the field
  • M-PLS superior to global PLS
  • Verification of Chinese woods


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