This blog’s author is Alex Scheeline, co-founder of SpectroClick, Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, punster, avocational performer of popular music from the 20th century, and spectroscopist since 1971. The blog’s purpose? Enlightenment, of course!

May 19, 2024

When the aurora of May, 2024 appeared, some people worried that the electric grid might crash. “What can we do?” I was asked. “Put sensitive electronics in a Faraday cage,” I said.

April 28, 2024

The Great American Eclipse of 2024, as seen in light of a SpectroBurstTM view of the world.

January 19, 2019

Can video instructions cover all the bases in helping people do chemical measurements?

February 19, 2018

Even people familiar with diffraction gratings can sometimes take a while to get the equations right.

December 15, 2017

Never go to a museum with a diffraction grating at the ready.

July 6, 2017

Getting instrument kits designed, assembled, and transported from Urbana to Hanoi was a random walk.

June 22, 2017

A one-time adventure in teaching Quantitative Analysis in a distant city leads to an invitation to teach Instrumental Analysis.