Science in Action

Welcome to Science in Action. Our new series showcasing how our technologies, scientists, design and software engineers, and solutions are applied to real-world situations. From drilling thousands of feet below the icy surface of Antarctica to exploring concepts of life on other planets, our stories will stimulate your imagination and open new possibilities in your own scientific endeavors.

Benjamin de Jourdan
The Fight to Protect the Oceans and Marine Life
Benjamin de Jourdan is on a mission – to protect economically important marine species from oil spills and other toxins. He uses a HORIBA Aqualog spectrofluorometer to characterize the spills and formulate mitigation strategies.
Prof Fiona Lyng
Detecting early signs of cancer with Raman microscopy
Unveiling the secrets of cancer's early whispers: join Professor Fiona Lyng on a journey of Raman microscopy to detect precancerous signs before it's too late.
Using fluorescence spectroscopy to develop novel light-emitting materials
It’s never been more crucial to discover efficient and stable light-emitting compounds that can curtail energy consumption. See what one researcher from the UK is doing.
Alternative Light Sources and forensic creativity identify suspects in armed robberies
Alternative light sources are valuable tools for identifying critical evidence in crimes. This one is unusual.
Investigators develop photographic evidence of domestic assault using alternative light sources
Alternate light sources have proven effective at displaying domestic assault markings that ordinary white light photography doesn’t capture.
A giant leap in fuel cell engineering
Read about Associate Professor Takashi Sasabe at the Tokyo Institute of Technology who is developing fuel cell systems with higher efficiencies.
Developing in-situ, online monitoring tools for radioactive materials using fluorescence spectroscopy
Making radioactive isotopes requires precision to preserve valuable resources and maximize quality. See how fluorescence spectroscopy plays a role.
Fluorescence spectroscopy proves a fast accurate and economical method for wastewater measurement
Prof. Shane Snyder talks about wastewater management challenges and how he depends on fluorescence spectroscopy to monitor water quality.
Juliana D'Andrilli, Ph.D.
Fluorescence spectroscopy exposes carbon cycle changes
Humans, through the migration of populations, agricultural practices and fossil fuel consumption have interfered with the natural carbon cycle of the planet, Fluorescence spectroscopy gives us clues as to how those changes will affect our environment.
"Tokaido 53rd Nouchi Mizuguchi Choemon" (Kaei 5/1852), by Utagawa Toyokuni
Raman and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopies reveal the mysteries behind ancient Japanese art form
How researchers use Raman spectroscopy and XRF to analyze paintings of Kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers and female beauties to uncover materials used in the centuries-old Ukiyo-e technique.
Wildfire frequency and duration have increased in recent years
Detection of smoke taint in grapes and wine—a simpler, faster and less expensive optical method based on A-TEEM spectroscopy
Increasingly frequent wildfires and bushfires threaten grape and wine output. Read how fluorescence spectroscopy and A-TEEM technology can quantify smoke taint and yield cost and quality benefits.
From left to right: Jorge Zincker, Doreen Schober, and Mónica Rodríguez
Chilean grape and wine quality assessment with Aqualog A-TEEM analyses
See how scientists at Chile’s largest wine maker are using HORIBA’s Aqualog with A-TEEM technology to classify grapes and wines for quality and chemical composition.
Research into ion transport through cell membranes aided by fluorescence spectroscopy
Ion transport through cell membranes is at the heart of most biological processes. Matthew Langton of Oxford is finding ways using fluorescence spectroscopy to synthesize molecules to take the place of dysfunctional proteins.
Glucose binding receptor
Glucose Binding Molecules could revolutionize diabetes management
The discovery of a glucose binding molecule could revolutionize diabetes management. Researchers are also working with partners to develop these molecular sensors to release insulin as needed. And the Duetta benchtop spectrofluorometer is at the heart of the discovery.
Rich Lamar, Ph.D.
A-TEEM and fluorescence spectroscopy may offer a better way to feed the world
Humic materials are part of a class of compounds called biostimulants that, when applied to plants or agricultural soils, stimulate plant growth and productivity. A-TEEM fluorescence spectroscopy and can quantify the concentration of fulvic acids more efficiently.
Perseverance Roving on Mars. (Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Perseverance lands to pursue answers to life on Mars using XRF
Was there life on Mars? If so, will it look anything like it does on Earth? Spectroscopy will lead the investigation.
Matthew Harris
Historic carbon fluctuations could expose climate change secrets
Our planet has posed a baffling puzzle for scientists ―one that contradicts established climate theories and has enormous implications for the future.
Ruchira Ranaweera and David Jeffery in their lab with a HORIBA Aqualog.
Study validates fluorescence spectroscopy with A-TEEM for fast and precise wine authentication
The aim of the study was to see if fluorescence spectroscopy, using HORIBA’s proprietary A-TEEM technology, and a novel use of a multivariate algorithm could effectively and economically identify a number of wine samples produced from various regions in Australia.
Hot Spring in Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone’s treasures may hold clues to life
Michael Gonsior studies dissolved organic materials (DOM) from an environment that scientists believe replicates many of the conditions of ancient Earth ― the majestic hot springs in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park.
Superimposed image of the pixels, showing the Raman information extracted and analyzed.
Raman breakthrough recovers erased serial numbers from plastic guns
The proliferation of cheap plastic guns have made recovering sanded-off serial numbers a problem. What works for metal doesn’t for polymers. Raman may have an answer.
The Kamienczyk waterfall in the Karkonosze National Park in Poland
"Disruptive" carbon research deepens climate change understanding
Increasing atmospheric CO2 is causing significant warming of the Earth by changing the heat and water balances between the surface and atmosphere.
Jackson Pollock painting
Can Raman microscopy reveal art forgeries?
In a quiet NYC neighborhood, a frustrated artist created forgeries of America’s Modernistic masters. Raman Spectroscopy did him in.
Tong Sun Kobilka, M.D., and her husband, Nobel Laureate Brian Kobilka, M.D.
The baker’s son
The chairman told him the news. The Nobel Committee chose Kobilka and his mentor, Robert Lefkowitz, M.D., as the 2012 co-recipients of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
PrintQuest print extraction
AFIS key to catching crook in unlikely match
The investigators lifted the palm print, and the readable area of that print was tiny - the size the tip of a pinky.
Microplastics from waste
What are microplastics?
Microplastics pose a problem for our environment, food supply and health. Yet it’s ingrained in our technology and the result of our waste habits.
Where do primary microplastics come from?
Where do microplastics come from?
Microplastics – tiny plastic particles smaller than 5 mm – from that shirt or car tires are seeping into our biosphere. We ingest, inhale and absorb these particles through our skin.
Pilot equipment for experimental water treatment process at the Hampton Roads SanitationDistrict
Scientist pioneers wastewater treatments to fight global warming effects
Vaidya and her team are developing methods of advanced water treatment that not only returns the wastewater to a healthy level, but raises the ground water level, and prevents land subsidence and seawater intrusion.
Microplastics explained videos
Microplastics explained
Microplastics, microscopic bits of manufactured or decayed plastics, are invading our surroundings. Researchers found it in our seas, drinking water, rainwater - and even table salt.
Cleaner water through fluorescence spectroscopy and artificial intelligence
Miller focused his research on drinking water quality monitoring and management, along with treatment optimization.
Fluorescence spectroscopy becoming key to identifying pain
Berezin turned his focus to imaging inflammation in the body – and how to locate it. That, he hoped, would eventually lead to the treatment of peripheral neuropathy and chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy in particular.
Heidi Nichols
Medical examiner department ID’s evidence with alternative light sources
Alternative light sources are typically used in crime scene investigation and post mortem examinations to identify many forms of evidence.
Is this the next breakthrough in medicine?
Groups of researchers are taking a giant leap in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. They are applying an established technology ― Raman spectroscopy ― to biomedical research.
Targeting Toxic Waste With Minerals
Targeting toxic waste with minerals
Aaron Celestian's research uses Raman and XRF Spectroscopy to discover which minerals to treat toxic waste with and heal our world.
Forensic light source
Fingerprint database leads to killers
Back at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department, crime scene investigators processed the tickets with chemicals to make any fingerprints on them visible.
Dave Brogle of the Middlesex Water Company
Companies collaborate for better water treatment
Dave faced challenges managing the amount of dissolved organic material from its water source. Its main supply of raw water is the Delaware Raritan Canal. Rain events cause runoff, compounding the problem.
Photovoltaics and Photoluminescence
Photovoltaics and photoluminescence
Watch the interview with Taylor Harvey, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University-Central Texas on Next Generation Photovoltaics
Taylor Harvey, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University-Central Texas
Photoluminescence contributes to staggering growth of photovoltaics
Taylor Harvey, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University-Central Texas, is deep into photovoltaic research.
The best nanoparticle video
The best nanoparticle
Professor Justin Sambur, from Colorado State, talks about his group's working looking into how to best use nano materials for better...
Justin Sambur, Ph.D
Nanotechnology a pathway to efficient solar energy
A Colorado group is tackling one of the largest issues facing us with some of the smallest materials known to mankind.
Lednev lab
Raman spectroscopy breakthroughs make CSI real
Igor K. Lednev, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He has been developing the use of Raman spectroscopy for a variety of forensic applications.
fingerprint identified by an alternative light source
Alternative light sources and AFIS help identify murder suspects
The Indian River Sheriff’s Department in Vero Beach uses alternate forensic light sources for their investigations every day.
Researcher fights food fraud
Gene Hall is a crusader. His mission is to find mislabeled food and dietary supplement products, and reveal them to the world.
Andrew Whitley
Man of science follows business path
Andrew Whitley is an enigma. The classically trained Ph.D. just won the prestigious Charles Mann Award from the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) for his body of work.
Fine wine-making with the help of HORIBA tech
Fine wine-making with the help of HORIBA tech
There are a lot of quality characteristics that the winemakers are interested in that relate to the color of the wine and the phenolic content – compounds that affect the wine’s taste, color and mouthfeel.
CrimeScope CS-16-500W
Forensic light sources nab the suspects
Alternative light sources used by crime scene investigators help them identify evidence left by suspects at a crime scene.
HandScope HS LED
An act of mercy in Baltimore
How a team of nurses revolutionized the investigation of strangulation cases in the area of domestic assault.
Elemental analysis and a cold brew
Elemental Analysis is a process where a sample of a material is analyzed for its elemental and sometimes isotopic composition.
SPEX Forensics algorithms used to solve cold cases
In one case, using an innovation created by SPEX Forensics, a division of HORIBA Instruments, a suspect was subsequently linked by fingerprints to 32 different outstanding felony cases.



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