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Cause of the haziness affecting a transparent polymer food packaging material was discovered
Analytical Services : 04 November, 2004
The cause of the haziness affecting a transparent polymer food packaging material was discovered by DARTS by combining two complementary techniques available on the synchrotron. Transparent packaging suits both consumers, who can see what they are buying, and manufacturers who can use the visual appeal of the product to entice the customer. However, if the package looks imperfect or deteriorates in storage then this advantage is negated. The polymer film in question consisted of a core of polypropylene with a 0.6 micron surface layer of random copolymer of propylene and ethylene. The haze effect was known to be caused by the scattering of light from crystallites, but more information about the exact nature and size of these crystallites was needed in order to eradicate the problem.
DARTS cracks the crystal haze
Analytical Services : 01 November, 2004
The cause of the haziness affecting a transparent polymer food packaging material was discovered by DARTS by combining two complementary techniques available on the synchrotron.
Analytical Services : 15 October, 2004
LGC has published its new 2005 calendar of courses which has been designed to help laboratory managers and analysts demonstrate competence in, and keep abreast of, quality assurance issues and practices. Companies are facing increasing demands to meet regulatory, trade and quality requirements, resulting in a greater need to enhance skills in method validation, measurement uncertainty and the traceability of results.
DARTS improves process control through formulation characterisation
Analytical Services : 29 September, 2004
Using the skill and expertise of the DARTS team and the high intensity X-rays produced by the Daresbury synchrotron, a major player in the oil industry has been able to improve the formulation control of its oil additive quickly and effectively.
DARTS meets the challenge in complex crystal structure determination
Analytical Services : 09 September, 2004
Patients in the future may be recovering much more quickly from surgery with the introduction of a new molecule which suppresses the effects of the neuromuscular blockers often used in conjunction with anaesthetics.
Analytical Services : 02 September, 2004
LGC's new website provides accurate, jargon-free information about paternity and relationship testing. LGC is Europe's leading independent analytical laboratory providing advanced chemical, biochemical and forensic analysis, diagnostic services and DNA testing, and has been an accredited provider of paternity testing for the past 15 years.
LGC Promochem announces new reference materials for clinical analysis and forensic toxicology
Analytical Services : 11 August, 2004
The misuse of drugs is a growing problem that is setting new challenges for clinical and forensic analysts, but help is now at hand from LGC Promochem, Europe's leading supplier of certified reference materials. LGC Promochem has released the new 2004-05 edition of its well-known Reference materials for clinical analysis and forensic toxicology catalogue.
LGC Promochem responds to customer demands with its new Snap-n-Shoot reference standards
Analytical Services : 13 July, 2004
The demand for plant-derived phytomedicines is increasing and, consequently, manufacturers are having to widen their sources of the plant extracts which are their raw materials. Many of these extracts are imported from overseas, particularly the Far East, and quality is often variable depending on how the extraction step has been carried out.
APEX aerial platform exhibition and conference
Exhibitions & Conferences : 10 June, 2004
Apex 2005
LGC Promochem announces new reference standards for the food industry.
Analytical Services : 09 June, 2004
LGC Promochem, Europe's leading supplier of reference materials, has launched a range of reference standards for the nitrofuran drug metabolites. Developed by Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, these new standards support the demand for analytical techniques to determine drug residues in meat.
LGC Promochem announces new reference materials for the oil industry
Analytical Services : 06 May, 2004
We are all aware of the contribution that sulfur makes to atmospheric pollution and acid rain, and low sulfur fuels are a familiar feature of forecourt advertising. But what exactly is low sulfur? The current limits set by European Union Directives for sulfur in petrol and diesel fuels are 150 and 350mg per kg, respectively, and will be reduced to 50mg per kg for both fuels by 2005.
Plastics Pipes XII, Milan breaks new records
Exhibitions & Conferences : 05 April, 2004
Plastic Pipes XII Conference, took place 19-22 April at The Grand Hotel Dino on Lago Maggiore, near Milan and attracted over 450 delegates. The Conference has continued for over 30 years.
LGC and AKOS combine to offer expanded drug development services
Analytical Services : 22 March, 2004
LGC, Europe's leading independent provider of chemical, biochemical and forensic analysis, has formed a strategic alliance with AKOS, the UK-based specialist drug development and regulatory affairs consultancy company, that will enable both parties to expand the range of services they offer to drug discovery companies.
The sky
Analytical Services : 05 December, 2003
LGC Promochem has released a new forensic ethanol reference material in rapid response to recent legislation. Legislation lowering the blood alcohol limit for air traffic controllers and active aircrew to a quarter of the drink drive limit recently passed into law in the UK. This law now brings the UK into line with other EU countries.
New VAM Bulletin looks back
Analytical Services : 14 November, 2003
The VAM Bulletin is a twice-yearly journal focusing on the latest activities and developments from the DTI National Measurement System's 'Valid Analytical Measurement' Programme, of which LGC is the lead contractor. Through VAM, LGC has been providing support to UK industry to ensure that analytical measurements are carried out competently and accurately by providing the 'tools' needed to implement best practice and demonstrate the validity of their results.
New VAM guide and software package to aid in-house method validation studies
Analytical Services : 14 October, 2003
LGC has launched two new products, both of which were produced as part of the DTI
New European Reference Materials Initiative will harmonise chemical analysis
Analytical Services : 13 October, 2003
DARTS new protein crystallisation service
Analytical Services : 01 October, 2003
Pharmaceutical companies are in the business of producing drugs designed to interact with specific protein targets. The drug/target interaction is first tested in order to elicit an effect, either boosting the protein's biological activity or reducing it. To fine tune the interaction, further detailed information is usually required, which often means structure determination of the protein coupled to its target molecule. DARTS is well disposed to offer a complete protein crystallisation service to satisfy your needs.
First commercial use of a Leco Pegasus 4D Fast GC-ToF-MS
Analytical Services : 31 July, 2003
LGC, the UK
New angle X-ray scattering at Daresbury Laboratory can be used to measure size distribution of true nanoparticles
Analytical Services : 14 July, 2003
Small angle X-ray scattering at the Daresbury Laboratory can now be used to measure the size distribution of 'true' nanoparticles in the 1-100 nm range, using specific experimental conditions and advanced data treatment developed on site. The technique has the flexibility to cope with samples either in liquid suspension or dry powder form, and most importantly can determine particle size distribution, a key requirement of particle size analysis on this scale.
New LGC Promochem catalogue - Reference materials for food, industry and occupational hygiene
Analytical Services : 19 June, 2003
LGC Promochem, Europe
New interactive Measurements for Biotechnology website at
Analytical Services : 30 May, 2003
In collaboration with the BioIndustry Association and the National Physical Laboratory, LGC has developed and launched a new website at for the Measurements for Biotechnology Programme, part of the DTI National Measurement System. A non-commercial, independent source of information, the site aims to provide the biotechnology sector with access to the data and guidelines arising from the MfB programme to help improve the quality, reliability and comparability of bioanalytical measurements.
Biotechnology Regulatory Atlas, an overview of modern biotechnology regulation & how to achieve compliance
Analytical Services : 02 April, 2003
The new Biotechnology Regulatory Atlas, compiled by LGC for the Department of Trade and Industry, guides SMEs and start-up companies to effective compliance strategies, equipping them to minimise the risks and costs arising from knowledge gaps. The Atlas is a key component of, the new UK Biotechnology Portal and one-stop internet resource for industry, researchers and the public interested in the biotech sector.
European launch of herbal reference materials set to improve standards in growing health product market
Analytical Services : 14 March, 2003
Over 2500 high purity ChromaDex phytochemical reference standards are now available exclusively from LGC Promochem throughout Europe. Extracted from natural plant material, the ChromaDex range of standards are used to verify the presence of, and accurately quantify, key marker or active compounds - such as hypericin for St John
LGC launches ADME-Tox screening service for pharmaceutical, drug discovery & combinatorial sector
Analytical Services : 18 February, 2003
LGC, the UK
InsightFaraday launches with plans for high throughput technology transfer
Analytical Services : 10 December, 2002
A major technological enterprise, InsightFaraday, was launched on Monday 9 December at the Society of Chemical Industry, London. Awarded an initial
New partners strengthen Amrop International executive search services in Europe
Executive Search & Recruitment : 13 November, 2002
Amrop International has announced that Benoit Lison and Tanguy van Reeth have joined the firm as partners.
A new national resource offering independent advice on regulation in chemical industry is now available
Analytical Services : 08 October, 2002
LGC, the UK's national centre for analytical measurement, has announced a new advisory service for the chemical sector. Funded through the DTI's Government Chemist programme, the Regulatory Advisory Service at LGC provides free guidance and technical advice to producers and users of chemicals regarding current and emerging chemical and environmental legislation. Information available includes:
New Faraday Partnership to enable high throughput technologies in product and process R&D.
Analytical Services : 06 September, 2002
Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, announced a new Faraday Partnership in High Throughput Technologies on 5 September 2002 in which LGC is the core partner. The aim of the INSIGHT Faraday Partnership is to make HTT an integral part of new product and process development, leading to reductions in 'time to market' for UK industry. INSIGHT, one of six partnerships approved in the latest round, has been awarded an initial
New quality control reference materials range from LGC
Analytical Services : 23 April, 2002
LGC has launched a new range of reference materials which are being developed in conjunction with the analytical market place to meet the growing need for independently produced reference materials for use in routine analysis.
LGC launches the Analytical Route Map, a web resource for scientists in industry
Analytical Services : 15 April, 2002
LGC, the UK's leading independent analytical laboratory, has launched a new interactive web site for analytical scientists and laboratory managers based in industry. Sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Analytical Route Map at provides a problem solving resource and non-commercial practical advice on specialist techniques, from active ultrasound spectroscopy to electroseparations.
Forensic DNA technique to revolutionise life science research
Analytical Services : 22 June, 2001
A recent validation study 1 conducted by LGC has shown that a technology previously applied in forensic DNA profiling offers a fast, inexpensive and reliable method for the identification of cell lines used in medical research.
Launch of new UK biotechnology initiative
Analytical Services : 15 March, 2001
LGC, the UK's leading independent analytical laboratory, has led a successful consortium bid to formulate a new national science programme for the advancement of measurement in biotechnology. The programme, commissioned by the DTI's National Measurement System, will develop the facilities and expertise needed to support growth and prosperity in the UK's biotechnology industry.
Launch of new UK biotechnology initiative
Analytical Services : 19 January, 2001
LGC, the UK's leading independent analytical laboratory, has led a successful consortium bid to formulate a new national science programme for the advancement of measurement in biotechnology. The programme, commissioned by the DTI's National Measurement System, will develop the facilities and expertise needed to support growth and prosperity in the UK's biotechnology industry.
LGC launches first Chemicals Regulatory Atlas
Analytical Services : 20 December, 2000
At the Scientific Societies
New tests could provide answer to safety of PVC toys
Analytical Services : 28 October, 2000
Two new tests have been developed which represent an important advance in establishing whether certain softening agents used in the manufacture of PVC toys and childcare articles present a risk to young children.
Equine drug testing, straight from the horse's mane
Analytical Services : 27 October, 2000
University Diagnostics Ltd, known for its pioneering horse identification service GENEQ, has launched a new drug testing service that can detect a horse's exposure to drugs from a simple hair sample. This is the first time such testing has been made available to the general public in the UK.
LGC and North West Water launch new environmental analysis service to cut cost of regulatory compliance
Analytical Services : 19 April, 2000
Two leaders in environmental analysis have joined forces to offer a new analytical service designed to help industry meet regulatory demands for higher levels of environmental monitoring.
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