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Microbial production – like magic

Automation accelerates adaptive lab evolution

Microbial production – like magic

08/06/2018 - Microorganisms used as “production plants” for active ingredients are an important asset in the sustainable bioeconomy toolkit. But how can production strains be manipulated most efficiently for optimal performance in the process? A new approach is based on miniaturization and automation. read...

Chromatography: Size Matters

Size Exclusion Chromatography and UHPLC

Chromatography: Size Matters

08/06/2018 - Quick and straightforward, aqueous size exclusion chromatography (SEC) has become a mainstay for the analysis of protein aggregates in the biopharmaceutical industry. Coupling SEC with advanced detection, such as mass spectrometry, light scattering or surface plasmon resonance, makes it a versatile tool for numerous applications beyond aggregate analysis. read...

Getting accurate and reproducible trace element analysis results

Ready for the Challenge?

Getting accurate and reproducible trace element analysis results

08/02/2018 - Getting good and consistent results for trace element analysis can be a daily challenge. For a start, contamination lurks everywhere, ready to trip you up. Next, there is the problem of sample-to-sample washout/memory effects randomly popping up to frustrate you. Then there’s the issue of interferences, which of course are at their worst for those elements that are most important to you. read...

Looking at the Detail of Foods: What Are We Eating and Drinking?

Microscopic Food Analysis

Looking at the Detail of Foods: What Are We Eating and Drinking?

07/02/2018 - Food is both a basic need and a valuable asset. In Germany, food manufacturers must meet high requirements in terms of safety and product quality. Read about the important contribution microscopic techniques make in quality control and R&D. read...

Heating Mantles: Avoiding Momentous Mistakes

New safety regulations for electrical laboratory equipment

Heating Mantles: Avoiding Momentous Mistakes

06/18/2018 - Heating mantles are supposed to enable the user to heat liquids safely and quickly – even in cases of (accidental) misapplication. This is now taken into account by a modified EN Standard. And it is of great importance for users to know: a violation may have unexpected consequences read...

Continuous Online Measurement of Viable Cell Density for Improved Process Insight

Bioprocessing

Continuous Online Measurement of Viable Cell Density for Improved Process Insight

06/08/2018 - Online measurement with methods such as control of pH and dissolved oxygen are common for most biological processes. In fact, many parameters can be monitored but those directly related to cell physiology are time-consuming offline measurements that only provide a reactionary window into the past. Learn how to increase yield and decrease effort with innovative sensors. read...

Hazardous Materials Cabinet Ready For 4.0

Hazardous Material Management 4.0

Hazardous Materials Cabinet Ready For 4.0

06/07/2018 - Say goodbye to the image of the hazardous material cabinet hiding sticky bottles. The Karlstein-based specialist Düperthal supplies cabinet systems that are real brainboxes: Digitally networked and equipped with the finest in sensor technology, they slot effortlessly into a digital logistics chain, making them a further element of the Chemical factory 4.0. read...

Automated Determination of Nicotine and Its Metabolites in Blood

Efficient Doping Control

Automated Determination of Nicotine and Its Metabolites in Blood

05/29/2018 - In the race to keep up with new and suspected doping agents, the Centre for Preventive Doping Research at the German Sport University Cologne, Germany is upgrading their laboratory with performance enhancing technologies and automation: The institute is betting on a fully automated Dried Blood Spot (DBS)-LC-MS/MS analysis system. read...

Minimising Hazards: From the Smart Home to the Smart Lab

Networked safety storage

Minimising Hazards: From the Smart Home to the Smart Lab

05/28/2018 - Employees in a laboratory often have to handle hazardous or easily ignitable substances. What benefits can networked solutions for storage of hazardous substances bring and what do the technical solutions look like in detail? read...

Detecting Toxins: Arsenic in Your Rice?

Species analysis with the LC-ICPMS

Detecting Toxins: Arsenic in Your Rice?

05/28/2018 - Heavy metal contamination in food and water poses a threat to humans and animals. The toxicity of elements such as chromium, mercury and arsenic varies depending on their oxidation state. Food analysis is a very effective method for positively identifying the oxidation state. read...