NIR Spectroscopy

Pigment analysis of illuminated manuscripts

A FieldSpec 4 instrument (ASD, Boulder, CO, USA) to characterise both inorganic and organic materials (pigments and binders) on a number of illuminated manuscripts in order to inform interdisciplinary research and finally provide details of the artistic, cultural, political, social and economic environments in which the manuscripts were created.

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Tomas Isaksson

Tomas IsakssonWe are very sorry to report that Professor Tomas Isaksson died unexpectedly in his home at Ås, Norway, on 12 July 2012, only 61 years old.

Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award 2013

Applications are invited for the 2013 Gordon Kirkbright Bursary, a prestigious annual award that enables a promising student/non-tenured young scientist of any nation to attend a recognised scientific meeting or visit a place of learning.

NIR Products at Pittcon 2012

Smaller instrumentation was very much a key trend at Pittcon 2012. This was seen throughout the range of analytical techniques, with compact mass spectrometers, NMRs, ESRs, UV/vis, mid-IR as well as NIR spectrometers. Indeed, the first two instruments featured claim to be the world’s smallest NIR and FT-NIR, respectively.

NIR reflectance spectroscopy for barley digestible energy analysis

A new NIR reflectance spectroscopy calibration is providing barley growers and their customers with a quick and accurate analysis of the digestible energy content of barley. Researchers at the University of Alberta, in collaboration with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, have developed a NIR calibration to analyse the digestible energy in barley.

NIR-2013 Website Launched

The website for NIR-2013 (Montpellier, France, 1–7 June 2013) is now online at


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