ASTM International Committee E13, formerly known as E13 on Molecular Spectroscopy and Chromatography, has recently undergone a restructuring that reflects changes in technology and the scope of the analytical sciences industry. Along with a title change, the scope of Committee E13 has been expanded to include the advancement of fields of analysis to include molecular spectroscopy and separation science.
In addition to changing the name of the committee to E13 on Molecular Spectroscopy and Separation Science, a new subcommittee was created and the titles and scopes of several existing subcommittees have been changed.
"Inasmuch as this restructuring alters the scope of Committee E13, our ultimate mission remains to provide solid, leading standards that are essential to the analytical sciences industry," says Jerry Workman, chair, E13. "Practically speaking, this new structure will allow us to efficiently address changes in the analytical sciences with respect to advances in classic techniques as well as changes in data formatting and computerization of data."
The following changes have been made to E13 subcommittees:
- The newly created subcommittee is E13.16 on Chemical Sensors. E13.16 will focus on the development of test methods and practices for the application of chemical sensors and devices to molecular spectroscopy and separation science.
- Subcommittee E13.03 on Infrared Spectroscopy has been expanded and re-titled "Infrared and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy." E13.03 will formulate, review, and recommend new and legacy general practices for infrared and near-infrared spectroscopy.
- Subcommittee E13.06 on Molecular Luminescence was disbanded and incorporated as a task group into Subcommittee E13.01, which is now known as "Ultraviolet, Visible, and Luminescence Spectroscopy." E13.01 will work on practices and standards for measuring and describing the performance of instruments and apparatus used in the field of ultraviolet, visible, and luminescence spectroscopy.
- Subcommittee E13.07 on NMR was disbanded and incorporated as an active task group of E13.15 on Analytical Data. E13.15 develops methods and practices for the application of analytical data and data formatting and communications related to molecular spectroscopy and separation science.
- Subcommittee E13.09 on Fiber Optics and Waveguides has been renamed "Fiber Optics, Waveguides, and Optical Sensors." E13.09 develops methods for testing, specifying and using fiber optics, integrated optics, and other guided-wave and advanced optical techniques for analytical spectroscopy and chemical sensing.
- Subcommittee E13.11 on Chemometrics has been renamed "Multivariate Analysis." E13.11 now has a scope to develop methods and practices for the application of multivariate analysis, to include chemometrics, chemoinformatics, informatics, and bioinformatics to molecular spectroscopy and separation science.
E13.19 on Chromatography is now called the "Separation Science" subcommittee to reflect changes in technology and incorporation of all separation science activities. The group will formulate, review, and recommend general practices relative to the analytical applications of the broad range of fields used in separation science.
All interested parties are invited to participate in the standards developing activities of Committee E13 on Molecular Spectroscopy and Separation Science.
For further technical information, contact Jerry Workman, Thermo Electron Corporation, Madison, Wis. (phone: 608/276-5626; email@example.com). Committee E06 will meet Nov. 12-14, in Somerset, N.J. For membership or meeting details, contact Joe Koury, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9804; firstname.lastname@example.org).