Pittcon 2013 Short Courses

The short course programme at Pittcon 2013 has been announced.

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Finding Hard Maize Grains from an Image

NIR imaging can determine the hardness of maizeA novel near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy imaging technique can determine the hardness of maize (corn) grains without destroying them, says a new paper in JNIRS—Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy. This new technique could offer food processors huge savings in time and money compared to other methods for determining grain hardness.

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-2013 Website Launched

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


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