Martin and Synge (2)

You may recall my previous two postings in which Synge and Martin received the Nobel prize in 1952 for their work on partition chromatography. These biochemists were involved in separating mixtures of amino acids. Their work revolutionised analytical chemistry. However, something I personally have become quite surprised at is the lack of information into the specifics of their work. I am sure that it is available in scientific journals but there is very little around on the Internet. Martin went on the help ...

Martin and Synge

If you read my post yesterday you would have found that I would be writing a few articles on Archer John Porter Martin and Richard Laurence Millington Synge. Well the link between the Queen's diamond Jubilee and these biochemists is that they won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1952 - the year the Queen came to the throne1 (I am sure you all got this link - didn't you?!) What did they win the Nobel prize for? It was partition chromatography. More ...

Chemical breath

A portable breathalyser has been developed by a team of researchers in the USA. The breathalyser has been developed using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry to analyse organic markers. It is hoped that it will be able to be used to detect lung cancer and heart transplant rejection. The idea ogf using it to detect terrorists has also been suggested. The researchers tested people who handled explosives daily and found out that they exhaled a whole range of organic compounds that the control group ...