Lab Gauntlet: Swamp Stop Challenges Booth#3142

“Not Seeing is Still Believing"

Tuesday Feb 27th-Thursday March 1st 10am-2pm

Participants will have 45 seconds to scan different indicated areas of an opaque container to identify various substances behind the barrier, with no visual cues and only a Raman system to help you.

Demo Zone

“Portable Raman for Tablet Analysis"

February 27, 2018 (Tuesday) @ 2pm in Demo Area 1, Booth #2142

Measuring the content of a tablet is important for confirming the presence and concentration of the active ingredients. Nondestructive testing of whole tablets without any sample preparation by transmission Raman makes the measurement through sample coating covering with a large sampling area. With this portable Raman system, rapid tablet analysis can be made at the tablet press, or in a laboratory. The concentration of all the major ingredients in the tablet is measured from one sample.

“Handheld LIBS for Pharmaceutical Raw Material Identification: Delivering Solutions that Maximize Value”

February 28, 2018 (Wednesday) @ 3pm in Demo Area 1, Booth #2142

Pharmaceutical companies are required to inspect 100% of their incoming raw materials before they can be used, a safeguard to ensure the integrity and safety of the medicine they deliver. Mobile spectroscopic solutions such as handheld laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and handheld Raman are invaluable in providing rapid analysis that can be done outside of the traditional laboratory environment with small amounts of sample. The advantage of the atomic spectroscopic tool of LIBS is that it can be used for the identification of ionic salts such as NaCl, which are not identifiable with molecular spectroscopic tools such as Raman. Ionic salts represent a large volume of raw materials for manufacturers of injectable pharmaceuticals, and the NanoLIBS handheld analyzer by B&W Tek provides a rapid means of identifying these materials without the need for extensive sampling and sample preparation techniques associated with traditional wet chemical methods of identification.

Oral Presentations

“Seeing Through Non-Transparent Media Using Safe Raman Spectroscopy"

Jun Zhao

February 26, 2018 (Monday) @ 3:45-4:05pm in 208C

A method is developed that expands the applicability of Raman to See_Through diffusely scattering media such as opaque packaging materials, as well as to thermolabile, photolabile, or heterogeneous samples

“On-Site Food Safety Screening with Raman”

Katherine Bakeev

March 1, 2018 (Thursday) @ 3:05pm-3:25pm in 208A

Food safety testing is becoming increasingly important as global supply and demand of food changes. There have been many instances of economically-motivated food contamination that have led to serious incidents including death. There is a need for on-site testing methods that can be done rapidly and accurately at a cost that can keep food safe and affordable.

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