Source: BAM

BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing is presenting various reference materials at the analytica fair (Hall A3, Stand 241). Certified reference materials are used to calibrate analytical processes and are the key to reliable and accurate chemical analysis results.

Reference materials form the basis of acceptance and approval for fluorescence methods in areas with strict regulatory requirements such as pharmaceutical research or medical and clinical diagnostics. We are presenting a certified glass-based multi-emitter fluorescence standard at analytica as calibration and verification tool for fluorescence measuring systems. The set of fluorometric reference materials developed and certified by BAM is distributed by Sigma-Aldrich and BAM.

Drug residues, hormonally active substances, plasticisers, biocides and some of their transformation and degradation products are often hardly degraded in sewage treatment plants. These substances, also referred to as emerging contaminants, are therefore found in rivers and lakes. By using immunoassays such as those developed by BAM, they can be detected cost effectively, quickly, and in very small quantities. BAM provides tube sets of antibodies and matching conjugates which contain enough material for many hundreds of analyses. These sets can be used for antibody-based methods such as ELISAs. Currently available analytes are carbamazepine, estradiol, ethinyl estradiol and estrone hormones, as well as caffeine and the bile acid isolithocholic acid, all of which as anthropogenic markers in monitoring programmes can be used to support the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive as anthropogenic markers in monitoring programmes.

BAM offers a wide range of certified reference materials for the analysis of iron and steel, environmental and food analysis, the analysis of porous solids, polymer analysis, and others. These reference materials can be ordered online at www.webshop.bam.de. As an analytical chemistry competence centre for "Innovation and Reliability in Analytical Chemistry", BAM works on methodological and instrumental aspects of analytical processes. Integral components are issues of quality assurance and metrology in chemistry, the development and certification of reference materials, and the establishment of analytical methods through standardisation and national and international round robin tests. This interaction between science and industry supports the transfer of knowledge and technology.

The Analytic City Adlershof in Berlin is one of Germany's most advanced centres for analytics. A major contributor to this is the SALSA graduate school (School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof), which was established as part of the Excellence Initiative at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and with which BAM is integrally involved.