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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 76 Issue 06

Featured on the June 2022 cover of Applied Spectroscopy is an image from the Rapid Communication by Christopher Karim Akhgar, Vanessa Nürnberger, Marlene Nadvornik, Victoria Ramos-Garcia, Isabel Ten-Doménech, Julia Kuligowski, Andreas Schwaighofer, Erwin Rosenberg, and Bernhard Lendl from TU Vienna, Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics, entitled, "Fatty Acid Determination in Human Milk Using Atennuated Total Reflection Infrared Spectroscopy and Solvent-Free Lipid Separation" (DOI: 10.1177/0037028211065502).
This paper focuses on a novel method for human milk fatty acid profiling based on mid-infrared spectroscopy. Conventionally, individual fatty acids are quantified using gas chromatography, offering high accuracy and sensitivity but bearing major drawbacks such as high-costs and significant time. Compared to this method, the infrared (IR)-based approach enables significantly less time and a labor-efficient analysis. For sample preparation, a solvent-free two-step centrifugation method was employed to obtain pure lipid fractions that are representative in fatty acid composition for whole human milk samples. Attenuated total reflection Fourier transform IR (ATR FT-IR) absorbance spectra of these fat fractions were acquired. Fatty acid reference concentrations were determined with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). By relating ATR FT-IR spectra to the reference concentrations, partial least squares (PLS) based multivariate calibration equations were calculated, showing particularly good results for fatty acid sum parameters as well as for certain individual fatty acids. The obtained results indicate a high potential for future high-throughput routine human milk fatty acid profiling in the lab. Further details about this research can be found on pages 730-736.










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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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