Dr Deepak Bhanot is a seasoned professionals having nearly 30 years expertise beginning from sales and product support of analytical instruments. After completing his graduation and post graduation from Delhi University and IIT Delhi he went on to Loughborough University of Technology, UK for doctorate research in analytical chemistry. His mission is to develop training programs on analytical techniques and share his experiences with broad spectrum of users ranging from professionals engaged in analytical development and research as well as young enthusiasts fresh from academics who wish to embark upon a career in analytical industry.

Benefits offered by laboratory information management systems for efficient control over laboratory operations

In earlier days laboratories used to maintain manual records of stocks of chemicals, instruments, glassware, consumables, receipt, and disposal of samples, analysis results, and workloads. However, today the situation has changed. Sophistication has improved several folds and laboratories have to streamline operations to keep pace with more stringent demands of clients, and provide analysis results […]

Standard calibration weights for Analytical Balances- Traceability, Handling and Care

All of you would be familiar with standard weight boxes used for calibration of analytical balances from your school days. Such weights are supplied in wooden boxes and are placed in individual slots inside the box along with a pair of tweezers for handling purpose. The weights provided meet weighing requirements of most analytical laboratories […]

Can high pressure water stream be used for cleaning laboratory glassware?

The very thought never crossed my mind and I was taken by surprise when someone posed this question to me this morning. I replied back in the negative but then it set a chain of thoughts in my mind as to why it is not a recommended practice. We all are familiar with high-pressure air […]

Benefits of Automated injections in chromatographic analysis

The accuracy and precision of chromatographic results depend to a large extent on the repeatability of precise injection volumes into the chromatographic systems. Such volumes generally fall in µl range. Other contributing factors responsible for the consistency of results are operational parameters such as mobile phase composition and flow rate, control of the temperature of […]

Prevention of accidents in Laboratory Stores

Laboratory stores play a significant role in the efficient working of laboratories. Stores maintain stocks of chemicals, utilities, and consumables which are required by chemists. It is true that not all items pose hazards but materials that have hazard potential include: Toxic and poisonous chemicals Flammable solvents Corrosive liquids including strong acids Compressed Gases Highly […]

Damage Control in laboratory accidents involving glassware

Laboratory glassware comes in different sizes and shapes depending on usage requirements. Common glassware items that you normally come across in laboratories are beakers, flasks, tubes, and vials, measuring cylinders, condensers reagent bottles, Petri dishes, burettes, pipettes, weighing bottles, etc. All such items are delicate and require safe handling practices. Accidents can, however, occur most […]

How to take care of Sophisticated Analytical Instruments

Sophisticated analytical instruments are gaining entry into all laboratories at an unbelievable pace. The reasons are many but the prominent ones are the availability of advanced applications software requiring little or no operator intervention once the operating conditions are set. Advanced statistical treatment of data and calculations are carried out in seconds and results along […]

Coordination & Strong Communication-Pillars of success of Laboratory Operations

Harmony and cordial relations between individuals and groups play an important role in streamlined and efficient operations in an organization. The same holds true for a laboratory where different individuals play defined roles and unless there is a close coordination between them the output will be chaotic and unproductive. A laboratory comprises of several groups […]

Evolution and innovations in ICP-MS Spectroscopy

Inductively Coupled     Plasma- Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS) is the optimum choice when you have to carry out ultra-trace level determinations of metals and other elements. The obvious reason is that it offers innumerable advantages over the other popular technique Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy. ICP-MS systems are manufactured by several reputed manufacturers such as  Perkin Elmer, Agilent, Shimadzu, […]

Why Graphite Furnace Atomization gives higher sensitivity over Flame Atomization

You may have all along heard that for higher detection limits you should opt for graphite furnace atomization instead of flame atomization. I presume that this was taken for granted without going into the reasoning behind the statement. The first step is to have a basic understanding of the fundamental concept of the two popular […]

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