Analyst Issue 9 now online

Collins et al., Analyst, 2013, 138, 2540-2545

 Analyst Issue 9 is finally available online! Take a look at our great new covers and read all about the research behind them.

The outside front cover showcases research from the Dublin City University, Ireland. In this work, David Collins and colleagues present a non-invasive, in-process measurement of the layer growth during laminar flow polymerisation and discuss its application to existing methods for the fabrication of monoPLOT columns through both photo and thermal initiation.

In-process phase growth measurement technique in the fabrication of monolithic porous layer open tubular (monoPLOT) columns using capacitively coupled contactless conductivity
David A. Collins ,  Ekaterina P. Nesterenko ,  Dermot Brabazon and Brett Paull
Analyst, 2013,138, 2540-2545
DOI: 10.1039/C3AN00133D

Lai et al., Analyst, 2013, 138, 2598-2603

Our inside front cover shows the work of Jinhua Zhan and his team from the Shandong University in China. The researchers describe how SERS active extraction column-based on alkanethiols modified  silver dendrites facilitate analysis with high reliability and accuracy. According to the authors, this SERS-active extraction column combines the advantages of both SPE and SERS.

Combination of solid phase extraction and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for rapid analysis
Yongchao Lai ,  Jingcheng Cui ,  Xiaohong Jiang ,  Sha Zhu and Jinhua Zhan
Analyst, 2013,138, 2598-2603
DOI: 10.1039/C3AN36700B

Tanaka et al., Analyst, 2013, 138, 2536-2539

Finally, the outside cover of this issue features interesting research on surface-enhanced photochromism. The study led by Kenta Adachi at Yamaguchi University shows the surface-enhanced photochromic phenomena by L-phenylalanine adsorbed on tungsten(VI) oxide (WO3) nanoparticles in the aqueous solution. The authors propose photochromic WO3 nanoparticles as highly effective colorimetric sensor probes for amino acids and related compounds.

Surface-enhanced photochromic phenomena of phenylalanine adsorbed on tungsten oxide nanoparticles: a novel approach for “label-free” colorimetric sensing
Shohei Tanaka ,  Kenta Adachi and Suzuko Yamazaki
Analyst, 2013,138, 2536-2539
DOI: 10.1039/C3AN36650B

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