Panning for Gemstones: The Raman Rush

Fall is a season of harvest and festivals, which makes it an ideal time to get outside while the weather … Continue reading

Veggie burger or Beef burger? Let Raman tell you!

You may have heard of vegetarian-friendly foods like cauliflower burgers and the Impossible Burgers for example. Both are created to … Continue reading

Quantitative analysis of Milkfat content

Milk from cattle and other domestic livestock has been an important food source for humans for thousands of years. The … Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day at Beer&W Tek!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) has been popularized worldwide as a time to celebrate by wearing … Continue reading

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022

Friday, February 11th was International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022.  This day was declared in 2015 as … Continue reading

Using Portable Raman Instrumentation to Make the Wintertime Safer

The winter season can be one of the most beautiful times of the year. Unfortunately, along with the freshly fallen … Continue reading

Using Raman to Choose the Ingredients for Santa’s Treats

Happy Holidays from Your Spectroscopy Partner! In the USA, putting out a plate of cookies and a glass of milk … Continue reading

1064 nm Raman Excitation of Fluorescent Pumpkin Seed Oil

Happy Halloween! Jack-O-Lanterns, pumpkins with ghoulish faces placed in front of homes, have been a symbol of Halloween for centuries1. Because … Continue reading

Raman Spectroscopy of Italian Cheeses

September is National Italian Cheese Month! Did you know that there are over 450 varieties of Italian cheeses?  The most … Continue reading

I Want a New Drug: All About New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)

NPS is a term in the fields of forensics, law enforcement, and toxicology that stands for “new psychoactive substances”. The … Continue reading

The History of National Science Day

In India, February 28th is celebrated as National Science Day. India’s Ministry of Culture describes1 the purpose of National Science … Continue reading

Recipes with Raman

Many of us have spent more time in the kitchen in the past year than usual, (re)discovering our culinary skills … Continue reading

U.S. Pharmacopeia Raman Chapters Updates

On August 1, 2020 the United States Pharmacopeia’s (USP) Raman chapters USP <858> Raman Spectroscopy and USP <1858> Raman Spectroscopy … Continue reading

Raman vs SERS…What’s the Difference?

If you’ve ever had a conversation with a Raman spectroscopist about the feasibility of a low-concentration sensing application, chances are … Continue reading

Identification of Methanol Contamination in Commercial Hand Sanitizers with Handheld Raman

There has been an increased demand for commercial alcohol-based hand sanitizers since the outbreak of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).  To … Continue reading

Substandard Quality of the Antimicrobials Sold in the Street Markets in Haiti

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Surveillance and Monitoring System, an estimated 1 in 10 medical products circulating … Continue reading

Nutraceuticals: Challenging real-world samples for handheld Raman

Botanicals are a well-known active ingredient within the nutraceuticals market. They are plants used for their medicinal and therapeutic properties. … Continue reading

Benefits of Handheld Raman Spectroscopy

Raman spectroscopy is a form of molecular spectroscopy that yields the chemical fingerprint of measured samples. These unique signatures are … Continue reading

Raman Spectroscopy for Biopharmaceutical RMID

Biopharmaceutical raw material screening is a costly and time-consuming process that takes place in a laboratory setting. Samples must be … Continue reading

Handheld Raman spectroscopy for programmable SERS active substrates

In recent research published in Scientific Reports, B&W Tek’s NanoRam® handheld Raman spectrometer was utilized in a study on programmable SERS active substrates for chemical and biosensing applications using amorphous/crystalline hybrid silicon nanomaterial. Continue reading

Webinar – Potential use of handheld Raman devices as tools for screening medicines for quality

In this webinar, Dr. Patrick Lukulay and Dr. Mustapha Hajjou will discuss how handheld Raman devices can be used for quality monitoring of pharmaceutical drugs. Continue reading

Webinar – Raman Spectral Library for Counterfeit Detection

In this webinar, Jason Rodriguez from the FDA will discuss the development of field-deployable, rapid spectroscopic screening methods for a wide range of APIs, excipients, and finished drug products. Continue reading

Raman Roundtable: In-Depth Focus 2014

This roundtable discussion on Raman, published in European Pharmaceutical Review, discusses handheld Raman practices and techniques, as well as future expectations for the advancement of handheld Raman technology geared towards pharmaceutical applications. Continue reading

Raman Makes An Impact in Plastic Toy Safety, As Well As Security & PAT

This application note, published in Spectroscopy Asia, discusses how Raman quantitative and semi-quantitative analysis makes an impact in three different applications: Security, Plastic Toy Safety, and PAT (Process Analytical Technology). Continue reading

Sampling Guidelines for Handheld Raman Measurements; What You Need To Know

This application note in European Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Magazine, discusses a series of accessories for handheld Raman spectrometers that addresses data reproducibility and accuracy of results in order to provide a high ROI without introducing complexity to the raw material receiving process. Continue reading

Making Raw Material Inspection Easier for Companies with Numerous Receiving Facilities

In this application note, published in the June issue of European Pharmaceutical Review, we explore the benefits of library and identification method transfer on handheld Raman spectrometers for rapid analysis of materials in the warehouse. Continue reading

Improving Forensic Investigations using Raman Spectroscopy

This application note in Spectroscopy Magazine discusses the benefits of using portable and handheld Raman spectroscopy (particularly the TacticID handheld Raman spectrometer) to identify forensic and homeland security-related samples. Continue reading

Roundtable Discussion on Raman

In a roundtable discussion with European Pharmaceutical Review, B&W Tek’s Chief Operating Officer, Jack Zhou, answers questions about the progress of Raman technology as it pertains to the pharmaceutical industry, as well as potential developments to Raman devices and the improvement of results they could provide. Continue reading

Spotlight on Raman Spectroscopy

This collection of articles focuses specifically on Raman spectroscopy and the advantages of the technology in the pharmaceutical industry. Organized by American Pharmaceutical Review, this collection of articles discusses a variety of topics. Continue reading

Using Raman to Identify Excipients for Food and Drug Formulations

Now that 100% testing of raw materials has made a big impact in the pharmaceutical industry, other industries such as nutraceutical, food manufacturing, cosmetic and agricultural are beginning to follow in their footsteps. Raman spectroscopy has become more and more prevalent in these industries over previous technologies like HPLC and NIR for raw material testing due to unique advantages. Continue reading

Handheld Raman for 100% Incoming Material Inspection

Katherine Bakeev, Director of Applications Support at B&W Tek, speaks with European Pharmaceutical Review in their “Under the Microscope” segment to explain why handheld Raman is an excellent choice to aid pharmaceutical manufacturers who are looking for a reliable, rapid method to achieve 100% material inspection. Continue reading

Webcast: Handheld Raman: Advantages in the Pharmaceutical Industry

This webinar will discuss the benefits and applications of handheld Raman, as well as PIC/S and how it is unifying the regulatory perspective globally. Continue reading

Correlation Vs. Multivariate Algorithms for Material Identification

This article discusses the two most common approaches used for on-board analysis on handheld Raman spectrometers; Hit Quality Index (HQI) and significance level (p-value), with specific examples for the use of each algorithm. Continue reading

Discrimination of Bacterial Growth Media

Article on using B&W Tek’s NanoRam handheld Raman spectrometer to distinguish highly-fluorescent biological samples without the use of surface-enhanced Raman scattering. Continue reading

Identification of Legal Highs using Handheld Raman Spectroscopy

B&W Tek’s NanoRam was used in a study focused on Raman spectroscopy as a rapid and powerful tool for critical applications in forensic science. The advantage of Raman spectroscopy is that the Raman signal is often selective to pharmacologically active drug substances. Continue reading

Educational Video Series: Episode 6 – Raman Spectroscopy

In this season finale episode of B&W Tek’s Educational Video Series we discuss Raman. Our discussion will include an introduction … Continue reading

Raman Spectroscopy Tackles Pharmaceutical Raw Materials

Today’s Raman instrumentation is faster, more rugged and less expensive, and advances in component miniaturization have led to the design of high-performance, portable, handheld devices. These handheld devices are particularly well-suited for pharmaceutical applications. Continue reading

Analytical Instrumentation Gets Faster, Smaller, and Easier to Use

Drug Development & Delivery magazine recently contacted B&W Tek to discuss how we’re developing devices that address key trends in today’s pharmaceutical industry: the need for faster sample prep, more user-friendly equipment, and smaller but more sophisticated instruments. Continue reading

Tip of the Week: 03/29

When developing an identification method using the NanoRam, be sure to include sample scans measured through various packaging materials that the sample will need to be tested in. Continue reading

Tradeshow: Pittcon 2013

B&W Tek is very excited to share our most recent technological advances at Pittcon this year! Since last year’s show, we’ve made some really exciting developments in our products and services! Continue reading

Tip of the Week: 03/06

If you need to identify an unknown material, the NanoRam’s Investigation Mode suggests the identity of the sample by using … Continue reading

EPR Interviews Jack Zhou on the Benefits of Handheld Raman

In this interview with European Pharmaceutical Review, Jack Zhou (Chief Operating Officer at B&W Tek) discusses the benefits of handheld Raman and the NanoRam handheld Raman spectrometer. Continue reading

Cost Benefits of Handheld Raman for Quality Control Testing in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Competition in the pharmaceutical industry is driving drug companies to spread their manufacturing operations around the globe… Continue reading

New Study Validates Identification of Complex Compounds with Handheld Raman

A new study, published in American Pharmaceutical Review, shows that the NanoRam has the ability to quickly differentiate between challenging compounds. Continue reading

E-book: Portable Raman Enters a New Era

In this e-book, see how Raman has gained new reach within the pharmaceutical industry, due in large part to improved performance, better functionality and ease of use, and easy transfer of spectral information and libraries… Continue reading

Webcast: Handheld Raman Material Identification

On Wednesday, 9/19/12 at 11:50am EDT, we will be giving a presentation for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing’s virtual meeting: Ensuring Pharmaceutical Product & Process Quality with Spectroscopic Methods… Continue reading

Webcast: Handheld Raman for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

On Thursday, 9/27/12 at 10am EDT, we will be sponsoring a webcast given by representatives of the FDA and Bristol Myers Squibb, hosted by Euro Pharm Review… Continue reading

New Study Validates the Accuracy of Handheld Raman

There has been a lot of debate over the accuracy of handheld Raman, but a new study validates its accuracy for counterfeit ID. Continue reading

Tip of the Week: 7/11 Large Bottle Adaptor

Large containers can interfere with the Raman spectrum, but using a large bottle adaptor can help Continue reading

App Note: Full Regulatory Compliance for Handheld Raman in Pharmaceutical

Application note on the compliance of the NanoRam handheld Raman spectrometer for the pharmaceutical industry… Continue reading

App Note: Handheld Raman for Inspection of Raw Materials

App note on the NanoRam handheld Raman spectrometer for the inspection of raw materials & chemicals in pharma manufacturing… Continue reading

App Note: Fundamentals of Raman Spectroscopy

App note on the fundamentals of Raman spectroscopy based on the popular webcast given by Travis Thompson, transcribed by LFW… Continue reading

Raman Knowledge: Your Guide to Fundamentals of Raman Spectroscopy

We’ve provided a full technical section on the theory of Raman scattering as well as the components of a Raman spectrometer… Continue reading

NanoRam: Handheld Raman Spectrometer

We are proud to introduce the NanoRam™, a new class of small, handheld instruments for materials identification and verification within … Continue reading

Webcast – Fundamentals of Raman Scattering

On Thursday, 9/22/11 at 1pm (ET), we will be presenting a webcast given by Travis Thompson, hosted by LaserFocusWorld… Continue reading

Webcast: Multiple Distributed Portable Raman Spectrometers

On Tuesday, 9/27/11 at 2pm (ET), we are sponsoring a webcast given by John Kauffman of the FDA Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis… Continue reading