BrightSpec and Cornes Technologies Announce Distribution Agreement

Charlottesville, VA and Tokyo, Japan, August 18, 2017 –BrightSpec, the MRR spectroscopy company, announced the appointment of Cornes Technologies of Japan as exclusive distributor for Japan. BrightSpec is the first company to bring to market a line of spectrometers for trace level chemical analysis using Fourier transform molecular rotational resonance (FT-MRR) spectroscopy. The result is… | Read article >>

BrightSpec Announces Successful Field Trial for Diastereomer Analysis

Charlottesville, VA—July 7, 2017—BrightSpec, the first company to commercialize chemical analyzers based on molecular rotational resonance (MRR) spectroscopy, announced today the initial field trial deployment of its Microwave Cavity Spectrometer for continuous synthesis analysis. The instrument utilizes the advanced analytics capabilities of MRR to directly measure diastereomer ratios on a chemical mixture, with no sample… | Read article >>

BrightSpec announces K-band Spectrometer for Educational and Academic Research

Charlottesville, VA—June 19, 2017—BrightSpec announced today at the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (ISMS) the release of the its Discovery K-band spectrometer for education and research applications. The BrightSpec Discovery K-Band (18 -26.5 GHz) spectrometer is designed for both fundamental research and educational applications. The reconfigurable form factor allows customers to integrate custom sample chambers,… | Read article >>

BrightSpec Licenses Chiral Tagging Technology for Chiral Analysis

Charlottesville, VA –May 18, 2017—BrightSpec announced today the exclusive technology license for a new technique for chiral analysis from the University of Virginia Licensing and Ventures Group. The licensed technology, entitled “Multiplexed Cavity-Enhanced Fourier Transform Microwave Spectrometer for Chiral Analysis” enables fast, precise measurement of enantiomer ratios in complex chemical mixtures, without the need for… | Read article >>

BrightSpec ONE Receives CE Mark

January 15, 2017 —CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—BrightSpec announced today the attainment of the CE Mark for the commercial sale in Europe of its BrightSpec ONE FT-MRR broadband spectrometer for trace gas analysis. CE Marking is a requirement for entering the European markets and certifies that the spectrometer conforms with a range of safety and engineering design standards…. | Read article >>

BrightSpec FT-MRR Spectrometer Ships to US Army

December 15, 2016—CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—BrightSpec announced today the shipment of a 75-110 GHz FT-MRR Discovery spectrometer to a US Army facility. The BrightSpec Fourier Transform-Molecular Rotational Resonance (FT-MRR) Broadband Discovery spectrometer is designed for research teams that require a high level of instrument form factor configurability, sample chamber interoperability, cross-technique analysis, and direct access to broadband… | Read article >>

BrightSpec Scientists to Present at ISMS

May 31, 2016 – CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – BrightSpec Inc. announced today that Dr. Justin Neill, CTO and Dr. Brent Harris, Director of Applications, will present work detailing performance and applications of FT-MRR spectroscopy at the 71st International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, taking place at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, from 20-24th of June. Dr. Neill will… | Read article >>

BrightSpec Presents at CPAC Spring Meeting

May 2, 2016—SEATTLE—BrightSpec, the molecular resonance spectroscopy company, presented today at the 2016 CPAC spring meeting in Seattle, WA.  The talk was given by Brent Harris, PhD entitled: “High-resolution FT-MRR Spectroscopy (Fourier Transform Molecular Rotational Resonance) Trace residual impurities analysis without chromatography.”  Brent is Director of Applications Services at BrightSpec and is a co-inventor on… | Read article >>

The Optical Society Presents Meggars Award for 2016 to Brooks Pate

March 8, 2016—CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —The Optical Society (OSA) announced the 2016 recipients of its prestigious awards and medals. The winner of the William F. Meggars Award is Brooks Pate, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Chemistry at the University of Virginia. The Meggars Award recognizes outstanding work in spectroscopy. Brooks Pate is being recognized… | Read article >>

Brooks Pate Named 2016 Herty Award Winner

March 7, 2016—ATLANTA—Professor Brooks H. Pate of the University of Virginia is the recipient of the 2016 Herty Medal as awarded by the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society recognizing outstanding work and service by a chemist in the Southeast. Link: Professor Pate is the inventor of the key enabling technology that is… | Read article >>

Chemical Physics Letters Editors’ Choice Articles

April 1, 2016 – A 2013 paper on broadband Fourier transform rotational spectroscopy was nominated to be one of the five publications chosen by David Clary, Editor of Chemical Physics Letters to be highlighted in Editors’ Choice. Editors’ Choice provides a selection of content, hand-picked by journal editors. BrightSpec is the only commercial supplier of… | Read article >>

Good Chemistry: Faster UVA Molecular Analysis Technology Fuels New Start-up

March 9, 2016– CHAROLOTTESVILLE, Va. There are people in the world – chemical engineers, astronomers, national defense scientists investigating an explosion – who need to know just what something is made of, down to the molecular level. Technology developed at the University of Virginia is speeding that process from days or weeks to just minutes…. | Read article >>

BrightSpec awarded $750,000 from NSF for pharmaceutical impurities analysis

January 27, 2016 – CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – BrightSpec, Inc. announced today the award of $750,000 Phase II SBIR in funding from the National Science Foundation for pharmaceutical impurities analysis using the BrightSpec millimeter wave FT-MRR spectrometer. The BrightSpec Fourier transform molecular rotational resonance (FT-MRR) spectrometer enables high resolution chemical analysis of small molecules in a complex mixture,… | Read article >>

University of Valladolid Acquires Broadband Chiral FT-MRR Spectrometer

January 27, 2016 – CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. BrightSpec, Inc. announced the delivery and installation of its Chiral FT-MRR Broadband microwave spectrometer at the Universidad de Valladolid in Valladolid, Spain.  The BrightSpec Chiral Fourier Transform-Molecular Rotational Resonance (FT-MRR) Broadband spectrometer enables researchers to perform a wide range of molecular analyses directly on complex chemical mixtures. The Chiral FT-MRR… | Read article >>

BrightSpec FT-MRR Broadband Spectrometer Ships to Europe

December 14, 2015 – Charlottesville, VA  Max Planck Institute acquires BrightSpec Discovery series for interstellar chemistry research. BrightSpec, Inc. announced the delivery and installation of its Discovery class millimeter wave spectrometer to the Max Planck Society in Germany.  The BrightSpec Fourier Transform-Molecular Rotational Resonance (FT-MRR) Broadband Discovery spectrometer enables researchers at the Max Planck Institute… | Read article >>

BrightSpec Ships to Argonne National Laboratory

November 25, 2015 – Charlottesville, VA Enhanced product offering enables insights in energy and combustion research. BrightSpec, Inc., the FT-MRR spectroscopy company, announced the delivery of its latest scientific instrumentation product to Argonne National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy research center.  The BrightSpec Fourier Transform-Molecular Rotational Resonance (FT-MRR) Broadband Discovery spectrometer is designed for… | Read article >>

BrightSpec Featured in UVA Licensing & Ventures Annual Report for 2014

October 20, 2015 – Charlottesville, Va — Each year the University of Virginia Licensing and Ventures Group (UVALVG) offers a series of articles on companies based on intellectual property developed at UVa. The inventor of BrightSpec technology, Brooks Pate, and co-founder Bob Lloyd were featured in the 2014 UVALVG Annual Report, after the company was… | Read article >>

Thomas Jefferson-Era Chemistry Lab Found at UVa Rotunda

October 16, 2015: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) — It was curiosity that lead Matt Schiedt to crawl into a brick hole in the Rotunda’s wall. Schiedt, a project manager for John G. Waite Associates, specializes in historic buildings. He is overseeing the renovation of the University of Virginia Rotunda and wanted to know how thick the walls… | Read article >>

Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation Awards over $2 Million to Fund Bioscience Research Initiatives

October 14, 2015 – RICHMOND, VA Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation Awards over $2 Million to Fund Bioscience Research Initiatives Projects to address Lyme disease, tissue engineering, brain cancer, anti-inflammatory therapeutics and pharmaceutical manufacturing The Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation (VBHRC/“the catalyst”) today announced that it has awarded $2.23 million in grants to five collaborative… | Read article >>

BrightSpec to present at Chirality 2015—the 27th International Symposium on Chiral Discrimination—in Boston

June 28, 2015—BrightSpec will present three presentations at Chirality 2015 in Boston, MA June 28-July 1.   The two posters and an oral presentation arise out of research sponsored at the University of Virginia in early 2015.  Brooks H. Pate will give a talk entitled “Chiral analysis of isopulegol by Fourier transform molecular rotational spectroscopy” in… | Read article >>

Visiting The International Microwave Symposium May 19-20, Phoenix AZ

May 1, 2015– The premier IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) is being held at the Phoenix Convention Center (Phoenix, Arizona) during May 17-22, 2015. BrightSpec scientists will be in attendance for Microwave Week and look forward to meetings with conference attendees. If you would like to schedule a time please contact us through: sales(at)

CPAC — BrightSpec to present on Chiral mixture analysis

April 15, 2015–BrightSpec will present a targeted overview of ‘Chiral Analysis in Complex Sample Mixtures with FT-MRR’ at the University of Washington’s Center for Process Analysis & Control (CPAC). The annual Spring meeting (May 11-12, 2015) brings together a consortium of sponsors recruited from all sectors of industry as well as government agencies.  A pdf… | Read article >>

BrightSpec to Exhibit At IFPAC 2015

November Dec 4, 2014 – Charlottesville, VA – BrightSpec, Inc. will contribute to the the IFPAC 2015 process analytical technology conference January 25-28 2015. In addition to exhibiting the BrightSpec FT-MRR Residual Solvent Analyzer, the company will present “The direct analysis of volatiles using Fourier transform molecular rotational resonance (FT-MRR) spectroscopy” in the Spectroscopic Technique… | Read article >>

BrightSpec to Present at Photonics West

November 22, 2014 – Charlottesville, VA –BrightSpec, Inc. announced today that the company will present at the 2015 Photonics West conference in San Francisco, February 7-12. The talk is part of the Terahertz, RF, Millimeter, and Submillimeter-Wave Technology and Applications VIII symposium on Thursday, February 12. Details are below: Fourier transform molecular rotational resonance spectroscopy… | Read article >>

Brooks Pate to give Harvard/MIT Physical Chemistry Seminar

October 24, 2014 – Brooks Pate, PhD, Chief Scientist of BrightSpec, Inc. and the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Chemistry at the University of Virginia will be guest lecturer at a Harvard/MIT Physical Chemistry Seminar November 6th 2014 at Pfizer Lecture Hall at Harvard as part of the Woodward Lectures in Chemical Sciences.  Brooks’ talk is entitled: High-Throughput Rotational Spectroscopy for Physical… | Read article >>

BrightSpec Announces 2014 EAS Presentations

October 27, 2014 – BrightSpec will present two posters at the 2014 Eastern Analytical Symposium from November 17-19 in Somerset, NJ.  We encourage you to come out, visit us at the booth or posters and learn about the instruments and techniques that BrightSpec offers. Abstracts Pharmaceutical residual solvent analysis using Fourier Transform Molecular Rotational Resonance… | Read article >>

BrightSpec nominated as a finalist for 2014 CBIC Breakthrough Award

April 2014 – The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) today announced the finalists for the CBIC Awards honoring central Virginia innovators. The public is invited to select the winner of the People’s Choice Navigator Award, which each year recognizes the area’s top leaders and guides advancing our region’s tech and innovation ecosystem. The CBIC Awards… | Read article >>

BrightSpec teams up with Agilent Technologies’ High-Speed Data Acquisition team to offer Broadband and Targeted MRR spectrometers for trace level gas sensing

March 2, 2014 – Pittcon Conference & Expo, Chicago, IL BrightSpec, Inc. today announced that it has teamed with the high-speed data acquisition team of Agilent Technologies Inc. to offer high speed Fourier transform molecular rotational resonance (FT-MRR) spectrometers. Agilent PCIe high-speed digitizers equipped with deep memory and real-time signal accumulation enable the high sensitivity… | Read article >>

BrightSpec Chief Scientist Brooks H. Pate wins Bomem-Michelson Award

March 19, 2013 – Brightspec’s chief science officer, Dr. Brooks H Pate will be presented with the Coblentz Society’s Bomem-Michelson Award sponsored by ABB at Pittcon 2013 in Phillidelphia. The Coblentz Society presents the Bomem-Michelson Award, which is dedicated to the memory of Professor A.E. Michelson, developer of the Michelson Interferometer. ABB sponsors the annual… | Read article >>

BrightSpec Chief Scientist Brooks H. Pate wins Earle K. Plyler Prize Molecular Spectroscopy & Dynamics

March 18, 2013 – Brightspec’s chief science officer, Dr. Brooks H. Pate will be presented with the Earle K. Plyler Price for Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics at the March 2013 American Physical Society meeting in Baltimore. The award is presented for the development of innovative microwave spectroscopy techniques that take full advantage of new technologies,… | Read article >>

BrightSpec Selected as Participant in Summer ’12 NSF iCorps Program

July 9, 2012 – BrightSpec will paticipate in an intensive 8 week market discovery program aimed at building a foundation for commercialization of innovative academic research with high potential for market acceptance. The program is modeled after a Stanford Business School class, The Lean LaunchPad, taught by Steven Blank. Over those 8 weeks BrightSpec will… | Read article >>