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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.

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...
Thursday, 22 November 2018
The global respiratory care device sector is in very healthy shape – it’s forecast to be worth $28.2 billion by 2022, driven by factors such as an aging world population, rising incidence of respiratory diseases, and rapid technologi...
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
A couple of colleagues from Markes and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend the inaugural Breath Biopsy Conference, held at Owlstone Medical’s facilities in Cambridge, UK, on 8 November. The event was squarely aimed at those resear...
Friday, 9 November 2018
The number of events on vehicle interior air quality (VIAQ) seems to grow every year, especially in China, where odorous compounds in vehicle air are particularly unpopular amongst consumers. However, for many in the industry the most informativ...
Thursday, 25 October 2018
On 4 October, we did what is proving to be an increasingly popular format: a one-day seminar with a mixture of product-focused and application-focused content. This one was held at Kew Gardens in London, UK, renowned worldwide as a centre of exc...
Tuesday, 16 October 2018
On 10 October, I attended the annual meeting of the UK branch of the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), which was held at the Wellcome Collection, Euston, London. This year, the theme chosen by the organisers was the association between...
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