Characterization and analytical techniques

Characterization and analytical techniques are methods used to identify, isolate or quantify chemicals or materials, or to characterize their physical properties. They include microscopy, light or radiation scattering, spectroscopy, calorimetry, chromatography, gravimetric and other measurements used in chemistry and materials science.

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  • Research Highlights |

    39Ar is an ideal tracer for radioactive dating in the 50–1000 year range of deep ocean circulations. However, extremely low concentrations of 39Ar in the ocean make the dating process long and costly. Applied quantum technologies can, however, drastically simplify ocean dating procedures.

    • Gabriella Graziano
  • Editorial |

    Synchrotron radiation has revolutionized our ability to probe and understand the intrinsic properties of materials. A new generation of synchrotron facilities and techniques is emerging, extending our capabilities in materials characterization.

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Combining data from neutron and X-ray techniques can reveal previously unseen details within fossilized remains. Interpretation of vast amounts of data by students speeds up the gathering of information and engages young scientists in the discovery process.

    • Joseph J. Bevitt