Journal of Spectroscopy

State-of-the-Art Infrared Applications in Drugs, Dietary Supplements, and Nutraceuticals

Publishing date
01 Apr 2019
Submission deadline
07 Dec 2018

1Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l'Analisi dell'Economia Agraria (CREA), Roma, Italy

2Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany

3University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan

State-of-the-Art Infrared Applications in Drugs, Dietary Supplements, and Nutraceuticals


Emerging spectroscopic technologies combined with chemometrics are commonly being applied in areas like pharmaceutics, traditional medicine, phytotherapy, and nutraceuticals. Applying the analytical tools in an integrated research approach is most promising.

Infrared spectroscopy, including near-infrared (NIR) and mid-infrared (MIR), is an example of a green, fast, and environmentally-friendly technique. It is considered as an innovative and rapid analytical method for “fingerprinting” of organic compounds.

Over the past few decades, the application of this technique has opened up for new directions in analytical science and technology. Its use in combination with chemometrics led to new approaches in quality control and assurance, safety, and traceability as well as tackling challenges for analyzing innovative and established model systems in their totality.

This special issue aims at providing an overview of the latest developments in the field of mid- and near-infrared spectroscopy using ATR and transmission modes. Papers on applications in the design and development of new drugs, dietary supplements, botanicals, and nutraceuticals as well as in process development for production and quality assurance and in potential uses for labelling are welcome.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Chemistry, manufacturing, the quality assessment, and controls of drugs/dietary supplements/botanicals/nutraceuticals
  • Authentication, classification, and discrimination applications
  • Monitoring contaminants and adulterants
  • Process Analytical Technology (PAT)
  • Formulation and profile release
  • Quantitation of ingredients in complex matrix formulations
  • Rapid screening and identification of seized products, impurity profiling
  • Transition of chemical composition from botanical ingredients to resulting products
  • Identification and study of chemical constituents and bioactive components from food matrices and waste, towards the nutraceuticals
  • Optimization methods, regression methodology, and multivariate analysis
  • Development of new markers


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2020
  • - Article ID 1397275
  • - Editorial

State-of-the-Art Infrared Applications in Drugs, Dietary Supplements, and Nutraceuticals

Alessandra Durazzo | Massimo Lucarini | ... | Sarfaraz Ahmed Mahesar
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 5319024
  • - Review Article

Application of Infrared Spectroscopy for Functional Compounds Evaluation in Olive Oil: A Current Snapshot

Sarfaraz Ahmed Mahesar | Massimo Lucarini | ... | Johannes Kiefer
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 2467185
  • - Research Article

Rapid Recognition of Geoherbalism and Authenticity of a Chinese Herb by Data Fusion of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR) and Mid-Infrared (MIR) Spectroscopy Combined with Chemometrics

Haiyan Fu | Qiong Shi | ... | Tianming Yang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 4139762
  • - Research Article

Real-Time Release Testing of Herbal Extract Powder by Near-Infrared Spectroscopy considering the Uncertainty around Specification Limits

Guolin Shi | Bing Xu | ... | Yanjiang Qiao
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 2960845
  • - Research Article

FT-IR Spectroscopy Applied for Identification of a Mineral Drug Substance in Drug Products: Application to Bentonite

H. Ouhaddouch | A. Cheikh | ... | M. Bouatia
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 5920948
  • - Review Article

Photoacoustic Spectroscopy in the Optical Characterization of Foodstuff: A Review

Claudia Hernández-Aguilar | Arturo Domínguez-Pacheco | ... | Rumen Ivanov
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 8129648
  • - Review Article

The Quality Control of Tea by Near-Infrared Reflectance (NIR) Spectroscopy and Chemometrics

Ming-Zhi Zhu | Beibei Wen | ... | Zhonghua Liu
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