Category Archive: Mass spectrometry

Apr 05

Nanotechnology standardisation: for materials 100,000 times smaller than this full stop.

  As the impact of nanotechnologies on human life becomes more prevalent, it is increasingly important to be able to characterise nanomaterials within biological systems and understand their behaviour in order to protect human health and the environment. Significant efforts are being made to ensure the appropriate regulatory frameworks are in place to support this …

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Jan 27

Securing UK borders: the measurements making you safer

The increasing threat posed by terrorism is one of the major challenges facing UK border security [2015 UK Government National Security Risk Assessment]. When you or your luggage is screened as you pass through an airport, it will typically be done using an ion mobility spectrometer (IMS). This is well-established technology: in 2004 alone there …

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Sep 21

Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis: the need for speed

Every three seconds there is a new case of dementia somewhere in the world. Dementia is the broad term for brain disorders that affect memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion, and is a debilitating and currently incurable condition that affects 10.5 million people in Europe and over 46 million people globally. With an aging population this …

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Sep 08

How certain can you be: the need for measurement uncertainty

Thousands of routine measurements are made each day. These measurements vary from clinicians making medical diagnoses, to providing evidence to protect our borders, to safeguarding the quality of our water. However, to have a real understanding of the value of any of these measurements you need to know both its quantity and its quality, i.e. …

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Jul 01

Discover what inorganic mass spectrometry can do

Inorganic mass spectrometry has a wide range of potential applications, from reference material development to nanoparticle analysis or pharmaceutical testing, as will be showcased by LGC scientists at the 18th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium (BNASS) on 4 to 6 July 2016. BNASS is the biennial meeting of the RSC Atomic Spectroscopy Group and provides …

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May 25

The importance of iodine – are you drinking enough milk?

Ensuring the safety of the food we eat is of paramount importance. This blog continues our series highlighting how scientists at LGC are addressing measurement challenges to support regulation in the food industry and protect human health in advance of the Government Chemist Conference, Science supporting trust in food, on 21-22 June 2016. Iodine is …

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May 04

Food safety: how much arsenic is in my rice?

Ensuring the safety of the food we eat is of paramount importance. Scientists at LGC are addressing a number of measurement challenges to support regulation in the food industry and protect human health which we shall highlight over the coming weeks prior to the Government Chemist Conference, Science supporting trust in food, on 21-22 June 2016. …

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Mar 15

Space for measurement science in supporting everyday healthcare decisions

During this year’s British Science Week we are taking the opportunity to highlight work showing that there is a space for measurement science in everyday healthcare decisions. Early-career research scientist Dima Almekdad was selected to present the work described below at the prestigious SET for BRITAIN on 7 March 2016 at the House of Commons, …

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Feb 18

Quantitation of low level impurities using LC-MS/MS in GMP analysis

Register for the LGC webinar on In vitro antimicrobial efficacy testing

LC-MS/MS has been the technique of choice for trace organic analysis in most areas of analytical chemistry for over a decade and is now slowly but steadily becoming so in GMP pharmaceutical analysis. LC-MS/MS offers unrivalled sensitivity and selectivity as well as speed of analysis. The technique is able to routinely quantify down to the …

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Feb 05

Which legal highs will soon become illegal highs?

Legal highs – also known as New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) – are a constant concern. Whether it’s prison officers falling ill after inhaling legal highs used by inmates or high-profile sports stars believed to have had chemical reactions after apparently taking them, it seems they are always in the news. But what are legal highs? …

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