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scans of paint samples show the degree of curing? But you ask, “How can a thin film of paint have enough of a path length to enable a significant sigBruce Campbell, President CNIRS nal-to-noise level to be achieved?” Well, why not have the light beam impinge at a decided angle to Are you thinking of dethe surface of the paint, veloping a new application only a few degrees from for NIR? Perhaps you are zero, with the detector also not at all sure if there would at the same angle but albe a correlation that would most 180 degrees different? permit a decent calibration This may increase the path to be derived? Don’t worry. length through the paint Try it anyway. If you knew while giving a longer path beforehand that the applilength for the space immecation would not work, you diately above the paint. would have to know ALL This latter path length may there is about the relationenable the detection and ships. I don’t know about quantification of the gases you, but I have yet to meet coming off the paint - sort anyone who knew all about of a remote sensing arthe spectro-chemical proprangement. If this speculaerties of a sample set. Therefore, unless you are tion really would works, as I think it would, a new that rare breed, there is a good probability that application would be garnered. The usage would some sample attribute will complement present methods have some effect on the of testing and may even supspectra. And when anything plant them. affects the spectra, it is fair Would such an approach game for development of an be feasible? There are probapplication. lems that would have to be Presidents Message ................................ 1 There is one parameter overcome, such as how to enthat doesn’t directly affect Editorial Board ......................................... 2 sure a long enough path individual spectra. I am length for the gases when Governing Board/Committees .................. 3 thinking here of time. Nuthere could be appreciable Lab-Process Monitoring .......................... 4 merous applications exist scattering of the light beam Chambersburg Meeting .......................... 8 where time is important. from the paint layer. The Spotlighting Italy ...................................... 9 Consider, for example, curing method of applying the paint Computer Tips ....................................... 11 paint. Is curing time imporlayer may introduce variables. Member Activities .................................. 12 tant? Many paint companies The thickness of the paint think so. Some even adverRemembering ........................................ 13 layer could be very important. tise “fast curing paints.” In And on and on. But consider Bibliography ........................................... 14 addition, a major challenge the rewards of overcoming Membership Guidelines ......................... 15 for paint companies is to deCNIRS Awards ....................................... 16 crease the amount and type FOSS NIR Systems ................................ 17 of volatile organic comCont’d Page 7 — President’s pounds, VOC. Wouldn’t

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1 No. the number of applications where NIR spectroscopy is implemented for monitoring of laboratory processes is comparatively low. real time monitoring by NIR of fast-changing laboratory processes. Both technologies can acquire NIR spectra over a wide spectral range in a matter of seconds. Therefore. However. achieving a low cost/benefits ratio in the development of synthetic routes. 4 (2003) Page 4 . all still at the bench stage. for inNEAR INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY carried on in a chemistry labora. CEP: 13084971 – Campinas – SP – Brazil Near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is an analytical technique that surpasses requirements for monitoring most industrial processes. Based on the results of a recently published paper. The feature that allowed the continuous monitoring of the composition of a condensate in a distillation device was very simple. record a full NIR transmitfor LABORATORY PROCESS MONITORING tory. mainly related to its composition and expected composition changes. This facilitates the production of standards for qualitative and/or quantitative purposes. It is used to monitor many of the critical quality parameters in the petroleum. The very fact that NIR spectroscopy does not destroy the sample is another attractive feature. including supplying rationale for making objective decision in precision agriculture. such as thin layer chromatography [10. An nm in about 50 ms. The example below illustrates the use of fast scanning instruments along with chemometrics to enhance the extraction of information from laboratory processes. This comes from the fact that the system under study in the laboratory presents some well defined characteristics. However. permitting the monitoring of small quantities of (sometimes very expensive) products and/or reagents employed in specialized chemical reactions. Characteristics of the NIR spectra. textile. are such that. selectivity for a given product or reagent is achieved and a single clear and unique spectral feature can be used to follow the reaction. The use of NIR spectroscopy for monitoring reactions in real time in the laboratory is frequently described in the literature. Sometimes. The approach has become even more attractive by the introduction of rapid-scan Fourier Transform (FT) and Acousto-optic Tunable Filter (AOTF) instruments. The use of already common chemometric multivariate data treatments can help to correlate the total spectra to concentration or property changes taking place inside a reaction flask. Arriving at a suitable NIR system for laboratory process monitoring is often simpler than with other quantitative analytical methods. not to mention the economy of NIR equipment. we mean processes occurring in chemistry laboratories as part of research or processes involved in the development of a product or industrial process.stance. paper. S-H and O-H containing compounds. Micro-reactors can be designed and reactions can be easily monitored.Lab-Process Monitoring All these processes.11] and molecular selfassembling[12]. namely: the fast scanning speed of modern instruments and the use of chemometrics to simplify the qualitative and quantitative interpretation of the huge amount of spectral data obtained. By laboratory processes. The NIR Spectrum . the spectral set obtained can not be analyzed without the use of chemometrics. N-H. perhaps. lyophilization[9] or even more complex separation processes. and polymer industries — not to mention the numerous documented applications in the field agriculture where NIR spectroscopy continues to help achieve the highest standards in production.Vol. commonly AOTF spectrometer can. Celio Pasquini Instituto de Química Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) Caixa Postal: 6154. reduced requirements for sampling and sample conditioning. all bursting with information. this fact led to the sub-utilization of NIR to tackle the laboratory reaction-monitoring problem. including solid. when necessary. remote sensing through optical fibers and probes. this is not the case for most applications and. even when coaddition is implemented to improve the signal-to-noise ratio. have been monitored by NIR tance spectrum from 1100-2500 spectroscopy with the inherent advantages shown by that spectral region. perhaps by chance. the potential of NIR spectroscopy for monitoring laboratory processes can be evaluated[8]. including fast chemical reactions. brewing. distillations[8]. many times. Numerous physical-chemistry processes can be documented. Two aspects are relevant. has become a reality. such as reaction monitoring[1-7]. liquid and gaseous samples. fast and reliable spectrum acquisition (enabling a multivariate approach to be applied to process monitoring). namely: almost universal capability for the detection of C-H.

That is the case with the distillation of gasoline. Figure 1B. were incorporated into the distillation spectra set shown in A. Figure 1A shows spectra of the distillation of a mixture of hexane and toluene. chemometrics plays an invaluable and important role in making NIR spectroscopy feasible for monitoring laboratory processes. obtained directly in the flow cell.Lab-Process Monitoring It consisted of a glass flow cell molded as a small funnel and a siphon (inner volume of 150 microliters) adapted at the end of the condenser. However. The scan speed of the AOTF-based instrument allowed for 50 spectra in the region from 800 to 1800 nm (nominal resolution of 2 nm) to be obtained in about 4 s. the condensate was monitored in real time at 4 s intervals. the information obtained by monitoring the distillation by The NIR Spectrum . e. This type of data can be used to control the optimization of the distillation process. d. which in Brazil. binary mixture containing 70% (v/ v) of hexane. b. must contain about 25% of ethanol.Vol. Two optical bundles were implemented to carry the monochromatic radiation from an AOTF crystal to the flow cell and from there to the detector (transmission mode). Spectra of pure substances present in the binary system and of some mixtures in different proportions have been added to the spectra of the condensate before the whole set was submitted to PCA. A. c d b e a Figure 1. 1 No. Therefore. scores obtained by PCA of the distillation data of the mixture in A. a 50:50% mixture. 1A) can not be directly associated with condensate levels. Thus. mixture containing 70% (v/v) toluene and. the bi-dimensional graph of scores allows one to observe the composition of the condensate during distillation. a complex mixture of hydrocarbons. pure hexane. Spectral differences between regular and adulterated gasoline are observed in the spectra of the original samples (without distillation). The bold symbols in B represents the scores values for the five spectra obtained: a. shows the scores for the first and second principal components of the data set shown in Figure 1A. Figure 2 shows the scores for the first and second PCs obtained by monitoring the condensate coming from the distillation of 10 samples of regular and 2 samples of adulterated gasoline. pure toluene. The contribution of chemometrics is more evident where complex systems are under investigation and composition information is scarce. Observe that the changes in the spectral features in the NIR spectral region (though possible to be identified in the original spectra set of Fig. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) revealed a substantial amount of information about the characteristics of the distillation process. c. 4 (2003) Page 5 . B. Although many chemometrics tools could be employed to access the information in the data set. The PCA was carried out after five spectra of mixtures of toluene and hexane and the pure substances. for instance. v/ v). Collection of spectra obtained during real time monitoring of a distillation of a mixture of toluene and hexane (50:50%. Therefore.

and AOTF-based technologies. the interior of which contains the process activity being observed.02 0. Additionally. 4 (2003) Page 6 . the information will be distributed in tiny spectra l variations prese nt throughout the spectrum. thus.06 -0. It may become necessary to construct a suitable cell.01 -0.04 0. The arrows indicate the direction of temperature/time increase during the distillation of regular gasoline. At this point. the system is ready to generate data.04 -0. Teamwork between the technical supporters of the spectrophotometer manufacturer can be extremely helpful to overcome problems encountered. diode arrays or optical interfering filters may be put into prac- PC2 0. the process apparatus can be assembled in the optical path of the NIR instrument. Reflectance and transmittance measurements may be utilized.02 0. development and optimization of industrial process at the bench stage as well as other physical processes carried out in the laboratory. is the extraction of information from the acquired spectra. Once the hardware has been set. since distillation is a common practice in laboratories 0. improving the versatility of the monitoring system. optical fibers constitute the best way to look at the process. 1 No.Lab-Process Monitoring NIR is far more effective in distinguishing between the two adulterated samples and in locating the fractions of condensate responsible for the greatest differentiation. like FT.03 0. This limits the potential for real-time (or automatic) control of the process by utilizing feedback voltages based on recorded spectral data.00 -0. Fast processes. allowing the spectrophotometer to be placed far away from the reaction. avoiding possible damage to the instrument.03 -0.00 0. Instrument manufacturers could assure many more success stories if they would simply supply more details of possible control signals and software source code. the information obtained can help in the identification of the adulterant employed. the use of very simple instruments based on NIRLEDs.02 -0.02 0. This is where chemometrics comes into play. Chemometrics can be used for extracting subtle information useful for determining the process The NIR Spectrum . but a no less relevant step. Most spectrometer-control programs do not allow the user to develop auxiliary software. Sometimes. it would tice for dedicated applications if some expertise in the design of optical instrumentation is available. Sometimes the process can be follow by looking only at specific wavelengths that present the relevant information.04 PC1 Figure 2. the simple adaptation of commercial distillation devices to NIR spectroscopy increases the quality and quantity of information the process can generate. Furthermore. On the other hand.04 -0. such as distillations.01 be necessary to establish the realtime requirements for monitoring any given process. Last. an external (hardware) trigger must be present to synchronize spectral data acquisition with the beginning of the process. dealing with petroleum derivatives. in most cases encountered in near infrared spectroscopy. The examples above help to illustrate the potentials of NIR spectroscopy for monitoring smallscale laboratory processes. thus. Usually. An important question is: What are the steps involved in converting a laboratory-bench NIR spectrophotometer to a useful fullscale laboratory process monitoring system? First of all. However. Ideally. causing the user to resort to external software for further analysis. may require the use of fast instruments. another question becomes relevant: Does the software supplied along with the spectrophotometer allow for the acquisition of data dictated by the process? The software must allow the user to set the time interval and frequency of data acquisition.Vol. The same approach could be used to follow synthesis reactions. Scores distribution for the first two PCs for ten regular samples of gasoline (black circles) and for two adulterated samples (open triangles and circles).08 -0. High storage capacity on permanent media should be available in the controlling computer. The next step is to adapt the spectrophotometer by selecting the correct approach to probe the process.

Ozaki. O.... C. certainly a powerful tool is created whose full potential is still waiting to be explored by scientists responsible for developing chemistry in many of their specialties. 1 No.... M. 125. perhaps. Matsuzawa.. M. A. If you do. to a culture where univariate-based process monitoring is still predominate. Spectrosc. W. and Jee. 9.. H. A. Y. PCA. 4. 6.. Hammond. J. 75. Their interest. President’s—Cont’d from Page 1 those limitations. S pectrosc. 2270-2275 (2003). Katayama. development of analytical instrumentation. Many calibrations have been developed for various aspects of fruit. Iwahashi. 20..) And if you want to try a really. M. P.D. 494-499 (2003). 11. and Serrano. A. Comm.Vol. 50. Micron. These drawbacks can not be attributed to the lack of chemometrics software packages but. S. Geladi. Spectrosc. the chosen data treatment should extract both qualitative or quantitative information from the spectral data. REFERENCES 1... Lachenal. development of optrodes. S. and Rasmuson. Spectrosc. Yamamoto.. Data collected during a process usually will generate threeway data sets (time x wavelength x absorbance/reflectance) containing the information about the process evolution. sort of a prepublication tool. 10. 36. 27. Brulls.F. Chem. 1541-1544 (1996). Spectrosc. This last step. Near Infrared. but possibly with only seven types of stars. H. not surprisingly.W. Sponsors Vol 1 No 4 We thank FOSS NIR Systems for sponsoring this issue of The NIR Spectrum.. Have any been have been developed that incorporate the effect of time and storage conditions? And wouldn’t it be nice to take your spectrometer to a restaurant to test the freshness of the fish you ordered? (Actually. and Murphy. He and his wife. 127-129(1999). M. Blanco. Dulcineia. Yoshikawa. T. D.. E-Polymers. really far out one. J. Maazouz. 3. Anal. 018 (2003).. R. Appl. Moffat. Appl. SP. and Aberg. Appl. M. Res. M. 5.. 7.. 2. Analyst. Chemom. Inc. Sparen. When the capacity of NIR spectroscopy for gathering information from the progress of a laboratory process is combined with the interpretative capacity of modern multivariate data treatments..... The team spirit exhibited by all our sponsors is deeply appreciated.. POSTNOTE Dr. 3. 12. A. FOSS NIR Systems. and Scafi.R. Pasquini. 8. Pharm. One would have to work with variable light-source intensities. H. this newsletter would be a good place to let others know about it. and Forsstrom. The NIR Spectrum .. cooperation and support of The Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy over many years has enabled CNIRS to offer technical education and training in NIR technology throughout the world. 268-276 (2000). S. 39-44 (1991).A. E. Processes carried on by a research or development laboratory can make impressive use of the new NIR instrumentation that is now capable of generating realtime data even for fast processes. B. J. P. A. 45. but to discover the types of material that is absorbing some of the energy transmitted through space.R. A.. Aline and Diego. and Wakisaka. Geladi. 2059-2064 (2000).. Nakatani.H. J. flow analysis and NIR spectroscopy.Lab-Process Monitoring variables of interest. N. Celio Pasquini is Full Professor in the Chemistry Institute of the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). what about analyzing the near infrared spectra from stars? Not to find out what the stars composition is... P. where he has taught and conducted research in analytical chemistry since 1982. and Poisson. Int.C. Czarnecki.. Brazil.. and Benali. We in CNIRS look forward to exciting times ahead for NIRS. Depending on the type of information required for evaluating the process. Bjorsvik. have two children. 1 166-117 0 (1991). Anal. Ciurczak. 329-334 (1996). let your imagination free. He is coordinator of an “Instrumentation and Automation Group” whose research goals include: Lab automation. N. constitutes a major bottle neck for the use of NIR spectroscopy in laboratory process monitoring. and Maeda. J. Other measurements of the effect of time could be envisioned. Neither NIR spectroscopy nor chemometrics can be ignored when facing these issues. 16.. Pierre. is an important multivariate technique producing qualitative and even quantitative information about laboratory processes. the restaurant owner may want to have such a test run on the fish delivered to the restaurant. 1-9 (2001). Dupuy. 9. Chemometric software packages can be purchased that will supply the more usual procedures of multivariate regression and data analysis. Folestad.. 329-338 (2002). I think you would be surprised at what applications you can develop. 54. G. Suzuki. 4 (2003) Page 7 . Kellam. In any new application. as shown in the example above. the variations in source may not constitute an insurmountable problem.

As an exciting first. For further information Optional Sessions: A variety of techvisit the CNIRS/IDRC websites— nical sessions will be during the addresses are on the front of afternoons this newsletter. August cal golf courses are 7-9. USA August 8-13. To reserve your place. registration must be received by July 1.Chambersburg Meeting — 12th International Diffuse Reflectance Conference (IDRC) Wilson College.awarded.feree. Software Shootout: There will be an opportunity to work on a sample set prior to the conference. Certain posters will be selected for 15 minute presentations at the plenary sessions. as well as the more traditional poster format. the Recreational OpportuniIDRC will sponsor a Joint ties: The facilities of the USP/FDA Symposium/ college campus and loWorkshop on PAT." Mon Aug 9: NIR in the Pharmaceutical Industry (8:00 AM & 7:00 PM) Dining and Lodging: Meals at the college cafeteria Tue Aug 10: NIR in the Food and Agricultural and accommodations in the college dormitories Industry (8:00 AM & 7:00 PM) (non-air conditioned) are included for a regular conWed Aug 11: Medical Applications of Diffuse Re. Chr. For details see above web site. Adjourn (noon) Don Dahm. The facilities of the college campus and Sun Aug 8: Opening of Conference local golf courses are available for use in (7:00 PM) the free/non-session afternoons. The Aug 9 (Monday) available. tant because this conference attempts to meet the Don Dahm Scheduled Plenary Sessions: needs of the total person. 4 (2003) Page 8 . 2004 Poster Sessions: Each Conferee will have the opportunity to present a poster. ees. The shootout is contest designed to help new NIR users First Circular know if their approach is “state of the art” and for experienced people to show off a bit. 1 commercial) presentations. The cost for a Fri Aug 13: Attacking Typical Chemometric regular attendee will Problems in NIR Spectroscopy generally be less than (8:00 AM) $500. Pennsylvania.idrc-chambersburg. A wellsession of the conference developed recreational will be part of the Sympoprogram is always imporsium. 2004. flectance Spectroscopy (8:00 AM & 7:00 PM) Costs: The conference Thu Aug 12: Emerging Uses of and Recent Adattempts to keep costs vances in Diffuse Reflectance down to make atten(8:00 AM) dance attractive for those paying their own Banquet (6:00 PM) way. Chambersburg. The setting will include a 10 minute oral presentation. 12th IDRC The NIR Spectrum . with no obligation. To retain your place.Vol. Prizes will be Attendance is limited to the first 150 regular confer. and to receive a copy of the subsequent circulars Vendor presentations: Vendors who support the conference are entitled to give brief technical (nonEmail: IDRC2004@aol.

Spotlighting Italy The Dairy Science Institute Agriculture. is large library. cates. Today the Instineeds became the drivtute is organized in four departments (Applied Techniques. It is lo. Bulletins and develop NIRS applicaSymposia Proceedtions that are easy to ings. Dr. The Applied Techniques Lab ership of Roberto Giangiacomo lope.moisture. when Roberto a Royal decree to integrate sci.portant to note that. ITALY The NIR Spectrum . and Technology) in a cen.cially contracted analyses.gan to push the research enve.Front Row (L-R): Tiziana M. Sources for addi.nondestructive fast.Vol. vantages of being Nineteen permaand nent staff with the aid Back Row (L-R): Michele Curti. a systral unit of 800 m2. vegetables wards standardizing procedures vices.also receives funding from the started his work at the Dairy Scicated in Lodi. zaghi. due to the mology. particularly at The Institute has a the industrial level. conduct research at the and cheese. Katia Cremonesi is also working toincluding contract per. The Institute cooperates with captured preservation processes the optimization and validation of various universities and hosts stu. nondestructive attribute of NIRS international levels. and mentation of historical offer the intrinsic adinterest. the use processing pilot plant. dairy field. the National Council knowledge and develop a focus for (DSI) was established in 1871 by of Research and/or The Ministry of his future efforts. certifi.Roberto closely cooperated with Science and Technology. Through his studies of through collaborative studies for DSI. European Union. In 1923. ser.Italian industrial structure. In addition.tem that involves a lot of small with 55 milk cows and a 600 m2 gions. the apply.Scientific Research. offi. Giangiacomo be.(ATD).1976 working on fruits. etc.and product quality and other the analytical methods at national and dents doing graduate research.source of financing as are re. 1 No. 4 (2003) Page 9 . For a long time. 36 km from Milan. etc. The Institute ence and cheese making. are an important ing force for his research. the public. Microbiology & Enzy. It is imChemistry. There are The Applied Tech2250 has three fulltime specialists. open to still rather limited. and medium enterprises.Applied Techniques Department Padana plane. he became keenly in.Federation) activities. that produce archive contains docuaccurate results. etc. the Ministry of Agriculture and materials. protection Consortia. He quickly became infatusince 1998. Mountain Communities. The department of 27 support units. under the lead. the only injects financed by the Ministry of American NIR teams to expand his The Institute of Dairy Science Lodi. scholarship recipients. technology. the development of fast reliable procedures and tute bought a farm to analytical techniques in carry out research on response to Italian proproducts from milk to ducers and consumers cheese. the Insti. Stefania Bar. In the early beginnings. Roberto began his NIR studies in of NIRS technology within dairy sector.P. Nicoletta Sinelli. containing This situation seems major national and to be changing as international journals noted by increased and magazines of inrequests to develop terest for the entire NIRS applications. participating including both Masters and PhDs. dergraduate students from Food tional funding include special pro. Proceeds derived ence Institute as Director of the toward the Southeast in the from selling farm products. Re. Since 1985. one part-time approved by the national Council place when sugar and salt absorb graduate student and several unof Agriculture. Roberto Giangiacomo. Cattaneo and Claudia Giardina sonnel.two scientists employed on multiForestry under research programs terested in the changes that take annual contracts. FIL-IDF niques Department Standards and Docuhas a the expertise to contracts with private FIL-IDF (International Dairy The Institute. is mainly funded by ated with the water matrix in bio. a 40 ha farm dustries.

Roberto and his staff regularly attend international events. an instrument that was primarily operated in the reflection mode. The feasibility of models was verified by transferring lab results to pilot scale involving an FT-NIR spectrometer Infrared Spectroscopy (ICNIRS). Dr. has greatly increased the labs The NIR Spectrum . Over the last four years. The lab currently has three NIR spectrometers. such as International Diffuse Reflectance Conference (USA) and the International Conference on Near POSTNOTE The Institute of Dairy Science (IDS). along with his team and Dr. Tiziana Cattaneo Email: tcattaneo@ilclodi. Contacts: Dr. several collaboration studies were carried out in order to identify the influence of substrate.000 citizens—has a mission comparable to USDA centers. Current Projects within the ATD Include: > Improving chemometrics knowledge > Monitoring the coagulation process > Studying the interaction of water and solids during processing > Evaluating the influence of physical treatment on milk quality > Comparing NIR-MIR spectral information > Applying the 2D-COSS for data interpretation > Verifying the authenticity of products > Using NIRS to predict textural characteristics of cheese for determining shelf life tor of the benefits of NIRS. Data were optimized using multiple chemometrics. resulting in additional investments in NIR research for improving techniques. Roberton Giangiacomo has lived and worked there for almost 20 years. Results from early studies helped to convince the dairy secoptically coupled to the sample stream using fiber optics. Roberto Giangiacomo Email: rgiangiacomo@ilclodi. Italy—a town of 45. 1 No. One of more interesting challenges confronting researchers in the ATD is: How can milk coagulation be monitored in real time using NIR spectroscopy. Giangiacomo. New instrumentation. 4 (2003) Page 10 . A man that cannot be separated from his pipe. Roberto enjoys rowing with his children (two sons and one daughter). Dr. derived from active cooperation with instrument manufacturers for realizing common research goals. unlike USDA. All three children are equestrians. Next year the Dairy NIR team will promote an Italian event. attending the opera and movies.Spotlighting Italy strument available in the laboratory was a dispersive spectrometer (InfraAlyzer 500. pH and rennet on spectral data of whole milk. located in Lodi. temperature. ranging from the original dispersive unit (see above) to a modern FT-NIR spectrometer. in cooperation with the Chemical Department of the University of Ferrara.Vol. were host to the 9th ICNIRS held in Verona in 1999. as a nonprofit entity that receives partial funding from the Italian Ministry of Agriculture. instrumentation and chemometrics. in order to further stimulate Italian NIR users to actively exchange experiences. Bran+ Luebbe). NIR-Italia 2004. with the exception that IDS operates.

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