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Graph from Spectral Analysis software showing absorbance and fluorescence spectrum of vitamin B2

Explore Stokes Shift with Spectral Analysis®

Published February 26, 2019 by Melissa

We’re “stoked” about the addition of fluorescence to the latest version of Spectral Analysis®. It allows students to see the Stokes shift between the absorption and emission spectra.

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An map of the US with markers where we will have workshops in 2019.

Professional Development and Training with Vernier Technology

Published January 22, 2019 by Elaine

Are you looking for professional development using Vernier technology? We offer free hands-on workshops across the country, online training opportunities, and options for personalized professional development. Each option allows you to immediately apply your new learned skills in the laboratory with students.

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A graph showing the absorbance spectra for fresh wine and crime scene wine

When Will I Use Forensic Chemistry in Real Life?

Published January 7, 2019 by Nusret

It might be difficult for a student to see where absorbance spectroscopy and Beer’s law could be useful to a chemist. But, what if the technique is used to analyze poisoned wine from a crime scene? This definitely piqued the interest of my students.

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Dr. Elaine Nam holding up MSDS and SDS papers

SDS vs. MSDS

Published November 20, 2018 by Elaine

A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) serves the same purpose as a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). They provide a formal and consistent format, in 16 sections, that are organized in a specific order to make them easy for people to understand. The SDS also follows the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

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Vernier Go Direct ISEs

Demystifying Ion-Selective Electrodes

Published November 6, 2018 by Nusret

A much easier and more reliable method to measure the concentrations of specific ions is to use ion-selective electrodes (ISE). Vernier offers these five options: ammonium, calcium, chloride, nitrate, and potassium. By adhering to a few best practices, students can consistently get good data with our ISE. These are a few common questions that customers have about ion-selective electrodes.

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Elaine using the Fluorescence spectrometer

Tips for Better Fluorescence Data

Published October 23, 2018 by Melissa

Fluorescence spectroscopy is a very sensitive and delicate technique. It often requires a few attempts before getting great data. In our chemistry department, we have come across a few common problems and would like to share some solutions that fix or avoid them.

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Vernier booth

Upcoming Conference Schedule for Vernier

Published October 9, 2018 by Elaine

Are you presenting a poster or a talk at an upcoming conference? Plan your schedule to include a visit to the Vernier booth at these upcoming conferences. One of our knowledgeable chemistry staff scientists will be available to introduce new technology and provide recommendations on free training options.

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A screenshot showing Logger Pro's 260/280 ratio template

Get Your 260/280 Ratio with Logger Pro

Published September 18, 2018 by Melissa

Molecular biologists and biochemists are always talking about their sample’s 260/280 ratio. It is so commonly used that entire instruments are dedicated to displaying this value when analyzing a sample. The A260/A280 ratio is a procedure that tells scientists the extinct of contamination of their nucleic acid solution by proteins, carbohydrates, and other organic molecules. Did you know that we have a template in Logger Pro for completing a 260/280 ratio?

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A figure showing a typical flash photolysis setup

Flash Photolysis 101

Published August 27, 2018 by Melissa

Flash photolysis spectroscopy is a type of time-resolved absorbance spectroscopy that helps students investigate chemical reaction order as well as the basics of photochemistry. This technique was so groundbreaking that the 1969 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to the scientists who developed it. The Vernier Flash Photolysis Spectrometer is an affordable option available to instructors to help students get hands-on experience with this important technique.

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5 Popular Tools for Teaching Environmental Chemistry

Published August 13, 2018 by Elaine

Students taking environmental chemistry will learn basic techniques for chemical analysis of environmental samples, including air, water and soil. Many of these experiments may take place in the field requiring rugged and portable equipment, like our Go Direct® sensors.

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