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October 11, 2010 AT 8:13 am

In High School Chem Labs, Every Cameraphone Can Be a Spectrometer…

Spectrometer B-660X440

In High School Chem Labs, Every Cameraphone Can Be a Spectrometer @ Wired.com

University of Illinois chemistry professor Alexander Scheeline has developed software that turns a camera phone, an LED, and a few other cheap tools into a spectrometer. Armed with these, he thinks we can bring high-end analytic tools to high school chemistry labs all over the world.

“The potential is here to make analytical chemistry a subject for the masses rather than something that is only done by specialists,” Scheeline said. “There’s no doubt that getting the cost of equipment down to the point where more people can afford them in the education system is a boon for everybody.”


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