GC/MS is a widely used technique for food safety and food quality applications. Its robust separation power allows it to analyze foods for specific compounds like BPA and acrylamide, or more complex mixtures such as the analysis of pollutants and pesticide residues, among other toxic compounds. In particular, single quadrupole instruments have been the workhorse of the industry. However, the use of high-end mass spectrometers has become more prevalent as researchers are demanding lower limits of detection, employing GC-triple quad, GC-TOF, GC-QTOF and GC-Orbitrap instruments.
Raman technology is one of the fastest growing segments of the molecular spectroscopy techniques. Unlike other molecular spectroscopy techniques such as UV/Vis, which measure light absorbed by the sample, Raman technology involves the measurement of light scattered off a sample. Raman technology is quite versatile and can measure samples through transparent containers such as glass and plastic. Measuring the light scatter is an important analytical methodology because it allows for a direct, non-destructive analysis of solids, liquids and gases with little to no sample prep, making it very practical and easy to use.
China has experienced explosive growth over the past decade, and it has been a boon to the overall analytical instrumentation industry. In particular, demand for mainstream separation technologies such as LC, IC and GC instruments continues to expand in the country, driven by robust growth in life science and applied sectors.
Spectroscopy has always been a key sector of the analytical and life science instrumentation industry due to the vastness of applications in just about every industrial sector. The market represents approximately 15% of the total industry, consisting of two technology categories (molecular and atomic) and a total of 65 product groupings.
It has been just over a decade since the introduction of UHPLC technology, where it entered the market and changed the landscape of liquid chromatography (LC). UHPLC added another level of analytical chromatographic power, allowing for increased speed, efficiency and overall lab productivity.