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Installation Highlights

We are glad to share the news about the implementation of Barnett Technical Services installation of a significant engineering project.

The company has received the request and later an order from the Chevron energy corporation’s research center to develop an IR Fourier Spectrometer for controlling the chemical reaction in the on-line process.

The Barnet Technical Services Team along with Ostec engineers have implemented developing the industrial version on the basis of the standard air based FTIR spectrometer IROS 05. To transform the research device into an industrial unit it was necessary to develop a sealed device case filled with dry nitrogen under extra pressure, to select and replace a typical IR detector with an MCT detector with Peltier cooling, to develop a cooling system and temperature stabilization for ensure the lowest possible noise level inside the device, as well as specialized software for obtaining data and its subsequent processing.

Ramanomics: Quantification of Proteins, Nucleic Acids, and Lipids Inside Eukaryotic Cells

Molecular function in eukaryotic cells can be studied by quantifying proteins, nucleic acids, and lipids inside intracellular organelles. Traditionally, this quantification is performed through techniques that are given “-omic” terms such as proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, etc. using mass spectrometry (MS)-based techniques. 

Raman spectroscopy has traditionally been used to quantify the molecular structure of a wide range of chemical species with size ranges from near-field (<100 nm) to bulk measurements. Extensive work has gone into the application of Raman spectroscopy in many biochemical applications but successful solutions have often been difficult due to the complexity of the information obtained in the measurement and interferences arising from the laser-based methods used for Raman spectroscopy. Dr. Andrey Kuzmin of the University at Buffalo and Advanced Cytometry Instrumentation Systems, LLC, has successfully bridged this gap with the application of Raman spectroscopy to the quantification of intracellular components.  His development, termed “Ramanomics” can be used to quantify proteins, DNA, RNA, and lipids in live cells.

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Microplastics Isolation and Characterization

Microplastics contaminate marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems around the world. The growing prevalence of these contaminants requires study on their impact on human health and ways in which they can be identified and remediated.

Barnett Technical Services (BTS) has participated in a study set up by the State of California to assess methods for counting and characterizing micro plastic particles in water. This summary illustrates some of the methods BTS used in this study.

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Advanced Technisales

Advanced Technisales is now a representative of Barnett Technical Services for Ostec and Micro Support products in the Eastern United States. Founded in 2009 Advanced Technisales specializes in selling process optimization and control equipment for R&D, pilot plant and plant. At present we sell in-situ MIR, NIR, Raman, THz-Raman and Particle Size Analysis. We also sell Calorimeters, Automated Lab Reactors and process enhancement software.

Failure analysis and particle isolation in a post-COVID-19 world.

The spread of COVID-19 has led to great changes in the lives of people worldwide.  This includes the need for increased social distancing and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to minimize the risk of spreading and acquiring disease from others and the surrounding environment. The use of PPE, including gloves, safety goggles, and a mask causes difficulties for failure analysis and particle isolation where precise microscopic sample handling is often required.  Precise manipulations using probes and other handheld tools while looking through a microscope, are much more difficult while wearing PPE.

The Micro Support Axis Pro micromanipulator is an excellent solution for performing precise microscopic sampling where PPE is required.  

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Webinar: BIOMOLECULAR ANALYSIS OF ORGANELLES OF LIVING CELLS USING RAMAN MICROSCOPY

Friday, September 25, 2020 – 10 AM Eastern time, 7 AM Pacific time.

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Andrey Kuzmin, PhD

Institute For Lasers, Photonics And Biophotonics, University at Buffalo

Ramanomics

The current level of Raman microscopy and spectrum analysis methods opens up new perspectives in cell biology for studying dynamics at the subcellular level. Modernization of the Raman microscope with the installation of the biomolecular analysis program code (BCA) made it possible to measure the concentration of an undivided class of biomolecules at the level of organelles in a living cell in the volume of about 1 cubic micron, and for the class of lipids – defined parameters related to the elements of lipidomics. A new bioessay is currently being formed in the Omics group of disciplines – Ramanomics. Despite the large heterogeneity of the biomolecular composition of organelles, Ramanomics allows us to identify patterns of processes occurring in cells.

This webinar is brought to you by SOL Instruments.

Barnett Technical Services is the North American Distributor for these Raman microscopes. Further information on these products may be found here: https://barnett-technical.com/ostec/raman/.

For questions about this webinar, please feel free to contact us.

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