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Map of the Month – Silicon Semiconductor

In January’s Map of the Month, we look forward to the longer days by analysing strain in a standard solar cell semiconductor material: silicon.

Map of The Month - Christmas Spices

Edi’s been making a mess in the kitchen! Baking up some Christmas goodies we’ve had a few spills along the way. But what did they spill? Let’s find out with the RM5!
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Map of the Month – Autumn Leaves

In November’s Map of the Month, we celebrate the coming of autumn by photoluminescence imaging chlorophyll in a fallen leaf.
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From Maps to Memories: Two Years in Review

Can you believe Map of the Month is 2 years old? Neither can we! To celebrate we asked some of the team to look back and pick their favourite map so far …
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Map of the Month – Document Forgery

The forgery of documents is a common problem for the police, customs officials, and historians, and they are very difficult to detect by eye. Here we show how photoluminescence spectroscopy can be used to detect an ink forgery without damaging the sample.
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Map of the Month - Hay Fever Medication

Nasal relief sprays reduce the symptoms of hay fever and colds. Read this Map of the Month blog to find out how they do this, and how Raman mapping can be used to track the distribution of the active pharmaceutical ingredient.
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Map of the Month - Pollen

Despite being a major cause of seasonal allergies, the distribution of microscopic pollen particles is crucial for biodiversity. Read our latest Map of the Month blog to find out how Raman spectroscopy can be used to study pollen grains and aid researchers in species identification.

Map of the Month – Pharmaceutical Emulsions

Emulsions are phase-separated liquid in liquid mixtures that are found naturally in different foods and are often used in the formulation of cosmetics and medicines. Confocal Raman microscopy is an excellent technique for providing 3-dimensional chemical images of emulsions, and it can inform manufacturers about the morphology and distribution of liquid particles in their products. Read our latest Map of
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Map of the Month – Mapping Defects in Perovskite Solar Cells

Solar cells based on perovskites are extremely promising as a renewable energy source, but the presence of defects can limit their power conversion efficiency. In May’s Map of the Month, we performed photoluminescence mapping of a perovskite thin film to confirm the presence and characterise the reduced optical performance of a defect structure.

Map of the Month – Edinburgh Rugby

In April’s Map of the Month, in recognition of our affiliation with Edinburgh Rugby, we performed Raman Surface Mapping on the club’s 150th-anniversary badge.