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Applied Spectroscopy is one of the world's leading spectroscopy journals, publishing high-quality articles, both fundamental and applied, covering all aspects of spectroscopy. Established in 1948, the journal is owned by the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and is published monthly. The journal is dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the Society to “…advance and disseminate knowledge and information concerning the art and science of spectroscopy and other allied sciences.”  All manuscripts are rigorously peer-reviewed. Learn More about the Applied Spectroscopy Journal.

Current Issue: Volume 75 Issue 11


The November featured article is "Raman Spectroscopy for the Analysis of Microplastics in Aquatic Systems" by Veronica Nava, Maria Luce Frezzotti and Barbara Leoni, of University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy.
Are you using Raman spectroscopy for (micro)plastic analysis? This paper sums up the advantages and drawbacks of this technique and provides a freely available database of plastics and colorants with a new R package ('RamanMP') for spectra processing and identification.
In the introduction to this review paper the authors point out scientists estimate that currently there are more than five trillion plastic particles in the ocean and a comparable abundance is likely present in freshwater systems. Many of the plastic particles fall into the category of "microplastics". Microplastics are loosly defined as "polymer" particles that are less than 5 mm in size. "Microplastics are a concern particularly in the ocean because they are so easily ingested by living things". According to Paul Anastas, Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment, Yale University, "When a fish or invertebrate absorbs these microplastics by eating them, they can experience health problems such as a severe interference to or an abrasion within their digestive tracts, which can be fatal."
In this review the authors provide a catalog of detailed information about peaks of most common plastic polymers representing the first comprehensive resource that has systematically catalogued microplastic peaks. This includes a database of 356 spectra including the spectra of additives.
Interested readers should also check out the Special Issue on Microplastics published in September 2020.










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In 1954 a number of spectroscopists, recognizing the existence of several regional societies of spectroscopists, organized a committee to promote a stronger exchange of information among these societies.  The efforts of this committee resulted in the formation of the Federation of Spectroscopic Societies on March 1, 1956 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

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