A Self-Employed Application Chemists Odyssey in the World of Analytical Instrument Development: The Viability of a $50K High Resolution NMR and $15K ESR Spectrometers

Presented at Marist College, Poughkeepsie September 23, 2009 A Self-Employed Application Chemists Odyssey in the World of Analytical Instrument Development The Viability of a $50K High Resolution NMR and $15K ESR Spectrometers By John C. Edwards, Ph.D. Process NMR Associates, LLC, Danbury CT The availability of cheap commodity electronics developed for the cellular phone industry is revolutionizing the design of NMR and ESR spectrometers. Rather than instruments that fill half a room, cost $200-3,000K+, and intimidate users, it is possible to produce spectrometers that are an order of magnitude cheaper to produce. Examples of NMR and ESR spectrometer development projects will be described as well as the wide-ranging applications that these spectrometers can deliver to the areas or process control, food authentification and automated laboratory analysis. Bio: John Edwards was born and raised in Bolton, UK. He graduated from the University of Durham, UK with a B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1986. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of South Carolina in 1990, working on solid-state NMR applied to heterogeneous catalysts under the guidance of Professor Paul Ellis. From 1990-1997 he worked as a research chemist at the Texaco R&D facilityin Beacon, NY where he was responsible…

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News: Process NMR Associates and TopNIR Sign Partnership Agreement

Topnir Systems is proud to announce the signature in October 2009 of a Partnership Agreement with Process NMR Associates, LLC. This partnership enables Process NMR to utilize our field proven software in complementary fields NMR and MIR combining forces to deliver total solutions with increased added value to customers. Topnir Systems is a French company leader in the field of online Near InfraRed (NIR) analyzers. Topnir enables measuring and monitoring multiple hydrocarbon streams in less than one minute using a single online system. The company has a long history in the refining and petrochemicals business, being the first world wide to implement an online application designed to measure and control octane number for gasoline production, first NIR on-line application worldwide on Ethylene Plant Naphtha feed (1986), Gasoline (1989) and Crude (1991). The business started in the late 80s within BP Oil, with applications development around gasoline and diesel blending, as well as FCC, CDU, Reformer and Ethylene plant feed andproducts characterization. Major oil companies such as Shell, BP, Repsol, Aramco... have adopted Topnir solutions. Topnir has recently expanded its activities to provide platform independent software for NIR systems already installed in the field. Topnirs modeling technology offers a full set…

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