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Please find below a list of our blog posts, written by various members of the Markes team to highlight interesting topics that have come to our attention, or comment on stories in the news.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Exhaled breath is a good indicator of compounds containedwithin the bloodstream and directly reflects actual disease activity. Breathanalysis by TD–GC–MS holds the promise of non-invasive, early detection forlife-threatening conditio...
Wednesday, 20 November 2019
The 8th Odour and VOC/Air Emissions Conference,organised by the International Water Association (IWA) was held on 14–16October in Hangzhou, China – the first time that this series of biennial conferenceshas been held in the country.&...
Thursday, 7 November 2019
On 24 and 25 October, around 150 attendees attended the 5th China In-Vehicle Air Quality Summit, held this year in Shanghai.Attending this conference is an essential part of my calendar – and the same is true for an increasing number of pe...
Monday, 21 October 2019
Therange of applications for thermal desorption continues to grow, with analystsaround the world using this technique to sample vapour phase organic compounds inapplications as diverse as monitoring of ambient air, sampling of volatilesfound in ...
Monday, 19 August 2019
July’s ‘Emissions and Odor of Plastics’ workshop, hosted by development and engineering company imat-uve in Shanghai, China, focused on the continuing issue of how to reduce chemical emissions from materials to vehicle interior...
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
For analytical chemists planning to sample VOCs and SVOCs, selection of ‘industry standard’ sorbent tubes is usually an early item on their checklist.Working with sorbent tubes and caps with a fixed specification is preferred and som...
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
What’s new in the VOC analysis of plastics? For 20 years the conference ‘Odour and Emissions of Plastic Materials’ – often known simply as ‘Kassel’ after the German city where it’s always held &ndas...
Monday, 21 January 2019
Of the many things you need to stay on top of as a thermal desorption analyst, ensuring sample integrity is one issue that doesn’t always come to mind.But it’s worth looking afresh at topics like this, dealing with issues that we alm...
Monday, 14 January 2019
Canisters are a very popular method of air sampling, and have long been used in the USA to monitor volatile organic ‘air toxics’, largely for reasons of convenience and historical continuity. They are now also becoming increasingly w...
Tuesday, 8 January 2019
Peltier cooling is one of the key technologies incorporated into Markes' thermal desorption instruments, but what's the physics behind it?The Peltier effect, despite being first noticed by Jean Peltier in 1834, remained a backwater of physics fo...
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