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Strength in Numbers

Professionals working in the pharmaceutical industry are familiar with the uses of thermal analysis, infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, chromatography and mass spectroscopy. These techniques are powerful tools for understanding pharmaceuticals, monitoring their quality during production and for analysing the packaging materials used to hold these pharmaceuticals. As useful as these individual techniques are, combining them can greatly increase their effectiveness.

For example, the combination of thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) with a fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) increases the information that could have been obtained from the TGA run alone. Combined techniques like this are often referred to as hyphenated techniques, in this case TG-IR. The commercialisation of these techniques, many of which have been used as academic and research tools for years, represents an important advance in our ability to obtain useful data as quickly as possible. This article examines how hyphenation provides more information than any one technique alone could accomplish.

DIFFERENTIAL SCANNING CALORIMETERS

For years, differential scanning calorimeters (DSCs) have been a common tool for pharmaceutical laboratories, utilised for everything from research and development to quality control. DSCs measure the thermal response...

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Kevin P Menard is a material scientist with research interests in material properties. He has published over 150 papers and presentations, and holds 12 patents. He is an Adjunct Professor in Materials Science at the University of North Texas. After earning his doctorate from the Wesleyan University and spending two years at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, he joined the Fina Oil and Chemical Company. After several years of work on toughened polymers, he moved to the General Dynamics Corporation, where he managed the Advanced Process Engineering Group and Process Control Laboratories. He joined Perkin-Elmer in 1992 and became the Product Manager for Mechanical Analysis in 2007.
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