Ocean Optics Launches Webstore

Online shopping for popular preconfigured spectrometers and accessories
Dunedin, Florida, USA (February 13, 2017) – Ocean Optics has introduced a new webstore, allowing customers to shop more conveniently for a select range of its preconfigured spectrometers and accessories. The webstore is embedded into Ocean Optics’ website at www.oceanoptics.com.

Ocean Optics online shopping

Ocean Optics online shopping

The webstore lets customers shop from anywhere around the globe, any time. Users can buy from the dedicated Shop Products page, or from the product pages of the main site. The products available from the webstore–select preconfigured spectrometers and accessories–display pricing, model options, any recommended or required accessories, and product availability, with estimated shipping time on their product pages.

While the webstore was designed to let users shop independently, live chat and order review are available for assistance. Convenient shipping features are built into the site, such as allowing the use of customers’ own shipping/carrier accounts and ability to add multiple shipping addresses under one account. Tax exempt customers can upload their documentation to be saved for future purchases. Purchase transactions are protected through the Authorize.Net Payment Gateway.

To shop the webstore, visit https://oceanoptics.com/shop-products/.

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Winner of Ocean Optics’ 2017 Young Investigator Award Named

Cash prize and grant awarded during SPIE BiOS/Photonics West 2017 conference
Dunedin, Florida, USA (February 1, 2017) – Ocean Optics has announced the winner of the annual Young Investigator Award sponsored by the company. Lauren D. Field of the United States Naval Research Laboratory was named the winner of the during SPIE BiOS/Photonics West 2017.

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Pictured (from left to right) at the presentation of the 2017 Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award are Chair of the Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications conference Dr. Marek Osinski (University of New Mexico); conference chair Dr. Wolfgang Parak (Philipps-Universität Marburg), award recipient Lauren D. Field (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory), and Alan Wells, Director of Sales, U.S., Ocean Optics. Photo courtesy of SPIE.

The Young Investigator Award is presented to a researcher who is a graduate student or has completed their graduate work in the last five years and is the primary author of the best juried paper submitted as part of the “Colloidal Nanocrystals for Biomedical Applications XII” symposium. Cash prizes are awarded to the winner and runner-up, with grants of Ocean Optics equipment made to the laboratories where the work was performed.

Field was honored for the paper titled “Semiconductor quantum dots as Foerster resonance energy transfer donors for intracellularly-based biosensors,” coauthored by Scott A. Walper (U.S. Naval Research Lab), Kimihiro Susumu (Sotera Defense Solutions Inc), Eunkeu Oh (Sotera Defense Solutions Inc.), Igor L. Medintz (U.S. Naval Research Lab), and James B. Delehanty (U.S. Naval Research Lab).The award was presented by Ocean Optics’ Director of Sales, U.S. Alan Wells, and Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications conference co-chairs Dr. Wolfgang Parak (Philipps-University Marburg) and Dr. Marek Osinski (The University of New Mexico).

Thorben Badur (Philipps-University Marburg), lead investigator of the paper entitled “Photochemical generation of antimicrobial Ag-nanoparticles in intraocular lenses” was recognized as runner-up. That paper was coauthored with Hee-Cheol Kim (Philipps-University Marburg), and Norbert A. Hampp (Philipps-University Marburg).

Ocean Optics has sponsored the Young Investigator Award since 2005 and has long supported young scientists from around the world through sponsorships, grant programs and partnership.

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Ocean Optics BiOS and Photonics West Lineups

Young Investigator Award, Poster, Presentation and spectroscopy products
Dunedin, Florida, USA (January 26, 2017) – Ocean Optics will showcase its spectroscopy applications knowledge at Photonics West booth 1017. The company’s show lineup includes an interactive exhibit of its latest spectroscopy products, honoring the recipient of the Young Investigator Award, and technical presentations. The exhibition takes place from January 28 to February 2 at the Moscone Center (San Francisco, Calif.). The company will also attend SPIE BiOS prior to Photonics West, exhibiting in booth 8809.

Ocean Optics’ exhibit will showcase its spectral solutions for optical sensing applications in medical and biological research, environmental regulation, food safety and process control. Its comprehensive offering includes modular spectrometers for benchtop use, OEM and process integration; light sources; chemical sensors; Raman instrumentation; optical fibers; probes; filters and other accessories.

Ocean Optics’ Young Investigator Award is presented to a student researcher who is the primary author of the best juried paper submitted as part of the “Colloidal Nanocrystals for Biomedical Applications XII” conference at the BiOS/Photonics West Symposium. Cash prizes are awarded to the winner and runner-up, with equipment grants to the laboratories where the work was performed.

During the show, Ocean Optics spectroscopy products will also be highlighted in two papers as part of SPIE OPTO.

• A spectroscopic method of using CIE 1931 color space to determine color of petroleum products using LEDs; Authors: John Rodriguez, Matt Comstock, Bryan Auz, Ty Olmstead
February 1, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM; Paper 10110-60
• Miniature Raman spectroscopy utilizing stabilized diode lasers and 2D CMOS detector arrays; Authors: Bryan Auz, Ty Olmstead, Matthew Comstock, John Rodriguez
February 2, 2017, 4:40 – 5:00 PM; Paper 10110-44

Visit Ocean Optics website for full details of Ocean Optics’ BiOS/Photonics West 2017 technical events.

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The Buzz About NanoSponge SERS and Trace Level Detection

How sensitive spectroscopy tools can help identify substances linked to honeybee population decline
Dunedin, Florida, USA (December 16, 2016) – Ocean Optics enables highly sensitive, trace-level Raman spectroscopy measurements with its RAM-SERS-SP Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy substrates. The company recently demonstrated the power of the substrates’ proprietary gold-silver nanosponge alloy with a real world example related to the honeybee die-off problem. By comparing the ability of new gold-silver substrates to traditional substrates to detect imidacloprid, an insecticide suspected to be dangerous to bee colonies, Ocean Optics scientists were able to demonstrate the enhanced sensitivity that RAM-SERS-SP substrates bring to Raman measurements.

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Ocean Optics’ gold-silver nanosponge SERS substrates have the sensitivity to detect imidacloprid concentrations as low as 4 pg.

SERS substrates amplify very weak Raman signals by many orders of magnitude, with measurements of SERS-active analytes possible at even parts per trillion levels. Silver-only SERS substrates work best with 532 nm Raman excitation, and gold substrates are better suited to 785 nm Raman systems. By combining the silver and gold on one substrate, the new SERS nanosponge substrates perform well with either wavelength. When used with 638 nm Raman excitation, the nanosponge substrates are enhanced to an even higher level of sensitivity.

Recent high rates of honeybee loss have been investigated by government regulators and other researchers. According to ongoing U.S. EPA studies, the insecticide imidacloprid has been identified as a threat to commercial honeybee colonies, citing traces at concentration levels greater than 25 ppb as likely harmful to honeybees.

To test the effectiveness of Ocean Optics substrates in detecting imidacloprid at these harmful trace levels, Ocean Optics scientists set up a lab experiment using the company’s gold nanoparticle and gold-silver nanosponge SERS substrates. They made a series of measurements using the gold nanoparticle substrates, in a setup with 785 nm Raman laser excitation; and a series of measurements using the gold-silver nanosponge substrates, in a setup with 638 nm Raman excitation.

In the testing, the gold-silver nanosponge SERS substrates delivered the best results, able to detect imidacloprid concentrations as low as 4 pg (0.4 ppb; well within the 25 ppb concentration rate cited by the US EPA as harmful to bees). Their high sensitivity and low background noise made it easier to discern Raman peaks at these very low concentration levels.

Raman is a useful technique for fast, non-destructive analysis, with the enhanced sensitivity provided by SERS substrates allowing detection of trace levels of samples such as insecticides. Affordable and easy to use, the Ocean Optics SERS substrates are well suited to deployment in the lab or field. To read the full Honeybee Insecticide Detection application note, visit http://oceanoptics.com/sers-pesticide-detection-honeybee/.

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Ocean Optics Diffuse Reflectance Probe Provides Measurement Consistency

DR-Probe removes localized variance
Dunedin, Florida, USA (November 29, 2016) – The Ocean Optics Diffuse Reflectance Probe (DR-Probe) measures 45° diffuse reflectance, enhancing UV-Vis and NIR spectroscopy results. This sampling tool removes localized variance in reflectance measurements. It is ideal for applications such as color analysis, material identification and quality monitoring of foods.

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Diffuse Reflectance Probe

The DR-Probe integrates a light source and collection optics into one unit to measure 45° diffuse reflectance. With the probe’s collection optics fixed in place relative to the light source, the measurement geometry is constant. An included standoff accessory ensures a consistent 40 mm focal length between the probe and the sample. Sampling uniformity increases the reliability and consistency of measurement results.

The DR-Probe has rugged, all-metal construction for durability in the lab or field. Its 6W tungsten halogen bulb has a 10,000-hour lifetime. Compatible with Ocean Optics Visible and NIR spectrometers and accessories, the DR-Probe integrates seamlessly into experimental setups.

 

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Ocean Optics Appoints Two New Executives

Jack Riccardi and David Schaefer take up VP roles at leading spectroscopy company
Dunedin, Florida, USA (October 24, 2016) – Ocean Optics, the industry leader in modular spectroscopy applications and products, has appointed two new board members. Jack Riccardi has joined the company as Vice President Finance, and David Schaefer has taken on the Vice President Sales and Strategic Marketing role.

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Jack Riccardi, Vice President Finance, Ocean Optics

Riccardi is responsible for all aspects of finance, accounting, IT and office administration at Ocean Optics. Schaefer is responsible for global sales and marketing of the company’s entire line of spectrometers, chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, and accessories. Both are members of the executive board, assisting in the strategic management of the company’s business, including sales, operations, engineering, and finance.

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David Schaefer, Vice President Sales and Strategic Marketing, Ocean Optics

Riccardi comes to Ocean Optics from MDNA Life Sciences (West Palm Beach, Fla.), where he was Chief Financial Officer. He has a strong background in financial controls, governance and risk management. Riccardi holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University (State College, Pa.), an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business (Philadelphia, Pa.), and an MS in Operations Science from London School of Economics and Political Science (London, U.K).

Schaefer joins Ocean Optics from AxelaCare (Lenexa, Kan.), where he was Chief Marketing Officer. He has extensive experience in the execution of growth-based commercial plans, strategic planning, and business transformation. Schaefer holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) and an MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business (Evanston, Ill.).

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Ocean Optics Expands Product Portfolio

PIXELTEQ multispectral imaging technology now available exclusively from Ocean Optics
Dunedin, Florida, USA (October 17, 2016) – Ocean Optics, the industry leader in modular spectroscopy applications and products, has consolidated the innovative multispectral sensing and imaging offerings of PIXELTEQ into the Ocean Optics product portfolio. The move further expands Ocean Optics’ spectral imaging design and manufacturing capabilities in support of researchers, developers and OEMs across a wide range of applications including biomedical, food and agriculture, and machine vision.

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Exclusively from Ocean Optics Pixelteq multispectral imaging technology

PIXELTEQ technology combines patented microlithography expertise with state-of-the-art coating processes. This exclusive technology enables patterning of multiple dielectric, metal and color filter arrays directly onto imaging sensors, creating highly compact and snapshot multispectral imaging cameras and systems. Its solutions enhance Ocean Optics’ existing line of modular spectroscopy products by offering new options for lab, field and industrial use.

Product information and support for PIXELTEQ products are available at www.pixelteq.com or by phone at +1 727.216.7140.

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Stimulate STEM Learning with All-in-One Spectroscopy System

Affordable Ocean Optics Flame-CHEM combines spectrometer with light source and cuvette holder
Dunedin, Florida, USA (September 13, 2016) – Ocean Optics has developed a new all-in-one spectrophotometer system for educators, the Flame-CHEM. The Flame-CHEM systems combine a high performance, compact Flame UV-Vis (200-850 nm) or Vis-NIR (350-1000 nm) spectrometer, with an all-in-one direct-attach light source and cuvette holder, into a single affordable package. Flame-CHEM systems are ideal for teaching regular absorbance and transmission measurements. Ocean Optics offers free curricula to facilitate student learning, or educators can design their own experiments. While conveniently pre-configured, the Flame-CHEM system also provides customization options to accommodate new lesson designs.

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Affordable Ocean Optics Flame-CHEM combines spectrometer with light source and cuvette holder.

The foundation of the Flame-CHEM system is the sensitive, fast and easy-to-use Flame spectrometer, which delivers high thermal stability with low unit to unit variability. Students will use the same instruments used by researchers and manufacturers in their labs and OEM product designs. Its robust construction withstands repeated student handling. There are no moving parts that can break or wear out.

The systems’ direct attach cuvette holders accept 1 cm pathlength cuvettes for measuring absorbance and transmission of liquid samples. The integrated light source is dependent on the system ordered. Flame-CHEM UV-Vis systems come with a combined deuterium-tungsten halogen (200-1100 nm) source; a tungsten halogen source with a violet LED (~390-1000 nm) is supplied with the Flame-CHEM Vis-NIR.

While preconfigured with all the accessories needed, the FLAME-CHEM systems can easily be customized, providing flexibility to develop new lessons with existing equipment. The light source-cuvette holder can be removed and discrete sampling devices used in its place; spectrometer entrance slits can be switched out to adjust the resolution and throughput; and discrete sampling devices used in place of the direct-attach accessories.

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New Nanosponge Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Substrates from Ocean Optics

Gold-silver alloy on SERS substrates detects trace level explosives and pesticides
Dunedin, Florida, USA (August 3, 2016) – Ocean Optics has introduced a new substrate for Raman spectroscopy applications. The new RAM-SERS-SP Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy substrates use a proprietary gold-silver nanosponge alloy to produce highly sensitive, trace-level Raman spectroscopy measurements. The applications for SERS range from detection of explosives and narcotics, to food safety, anti-counterfeit tagging, and biological research.

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The new RAM-SERS-SP Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy substrates

SERS substrates amplify very weak Raman signals by many orders of magnitude. Fast, repeatable measurements of SERS-active analytes are possible even to parts per trillion levels. Silver-only SERS substrates work best with 532 nm Raman excitation, and gold substrates are better suited to 785 nm Raman systems. By combining the silver and gold on one substrate, the new SERS nanosponge substrates perform well with either wavelength. Also, when used with 638 nm Raman excitation, the nanosponge substrates are enhanced to an even higher level of sensitivity.

RAM-SERS-SP nanosponge substrates are more robust than other options and handle the deposition of sensitive samples more effectively. The higher sensitivity of these substrates opens up new opportunities for SERS applications–particularly in addressing the growing need for fast, effective detection of explosives and pesticides.

The new substrates work with the complete range of Ocean Optics Raman instruments. For users to take full advantage of the RAM-SERS-SP nanosponge substrates’ sensitivity, Ocean Optics now offers 638 nm modular Raman solutions and 638 nm versions of its mini handheld IDRaman spectrometers.

Ocean Optics’ proprietary plasma deposition permits affordable mass production with high repeatability and customization options. Standard substrates are microscope slide format with a 4 x 4 mm active area. Ocean Optics uses optical-grade borosilicate glass for compatibility with a wide range of solvents.

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Ocean Optics Welcomes New Vice President of Operations

John Hsing to lead manufacturing operations
Dunedin, Florida, USA (June 17, 2016) – Ocean Optics, the industry leader in modular spectroscopy applications and products, has appointed John Hsing Vice President of Operations.

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John Hsing, Vice President of Operations, Ocean Optics

In his new role, Hsing will lead the company’s manufacturing operations, production engineering, supply chain, and quality control. As a member of the Ocean Optics board, he will also help guide the strategic growth of the company.

Hsing comes to Ocean Optics from IDEX Corporation – Fluid Management (Wheeling, Illinois), where as Director of Operations, he led a successful Lean transformation. Prior to IDEX, he held engineering and product development positions at Brunswick Corporation (Lake Forest, Illinois) and ITW Shakeproof (Elgin, Illinois). Hsing holds an MBA from the University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois) and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, Illinois).

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