Exploring the Many Uses of Color Analysis: Applications of Modern Spectrophotometry

Although color analysis has been used for decades in analytical chemistry, the technology has remained relatively the same over the years. However, innovative ideas and adaptations in spectrophotometers are leading to new forms of color analysis for a variety of applications in this industry. Researchers continue you look further into color measurement instrumentation and are finding ways to better utilize this technology. An increased need for color analysis in pharmaceutical research, biotechnology, and environmental chemistry have all driven the search for new applications of this inexpensive and highly versatile tool.

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Spectrophotometric technology spans a wide range of scientific applications. Researchers are continually finding new ways to utilize color analysis.
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Applications and Advantages of UV Spectrophotometry

Modern UV spectrophotometers are portable, durable, and offer a low-cost, effective method of color analysis. Providing the ability to see beyond the human range of vision and into the ultra-violet range, it allows for a wider range of uses. The latest technology in color analysis provides a valuable resource for environmental chemists, with real-time data helping to determine clean water at nearly any source or location. This portable and real-time analysis is also highly utilized by law enforcement agencies for on-site forensic analysis of many various sample materials. Probably the most highly utilized form of color analysis is currently within pharmaceutical research and development. Here, the technology can detect slight differences in chemical composition based on reflectance and absorbance values in order to guarantee quality, purity, and safety for consumers.

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Color analysis is used in many various laboratory settings and scientific fields. Both affordable and versatile, spectrophotometric technology is here to stay.
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In addition to real-time and on-site analysis, UV spectrophotometry offers one of the only non-destructive forms of analysis through color measurement. Sample integrity can be preserved and fewer materials are wasted, which is extremely important for small sample sizes or in cases where sample resources are limited. The quick and reliable data that color analysis provides makes it the obvious choice for the many applications of analytical chemistry.

Reaching new frontiers

With all these advantages, it is easy to see why many industries and areas of scientific study have found a place for this technology in their laboratories and fields. The limits of color analysis are merely the grey areas that have not yet been discovered. Some of the newest technology uses spectral mapping to create precise and vivid geographical representations of geological landforms. Not only can these visual features be quantified through spectral data, but the chemical composition can also be differentiated using the same technology. The versatility color analysis continues to open up doors to new and various scientific applications. With the right equipment and support, almost anything is possible with spectrophotometric technology.

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Color technology is both the past and the future of analytical chemistry and the opportunities to utilize this technology are limitless.
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Tools for Nearly Every Industry

With color analysis technology at its best and prices so affordable that UV spectroscopy has found its place in nearly every laboratory and industry, finding the right tools can seem overwhelming. When looking for the appropriate instrumentation for your specific needs, it is important to look for a company that offers experience and support. At HunterLab, we rely on over 60 years of expertise. Our staff is dedicated to learning all they can about clients’ needs and our instrumentation is uniquely designed to be adaptable to any application. We utilize the latest technology through ongoing research and design. Contact HunterLab today to learn more about how we can help you take color analysis to the next level.

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