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27.10.2017 | Original Article | Ausgabe 2/2018

Lasers in Medical Science 2/2018

Rapid analysis of pharmaceutical drugs using LIBS coupled with multivariate analysis

Lasers in Medical Science > Ausgabe 2/2018
P. K. Tiwari, S. Awasthi, R. Kumar, R. K. Anand, P. K. Rai, A. K. Rai


Type 2 diabetes drug tablets containing voglibose having dose strengths of 0.2 and 0.3 mg of various brands have been examined, using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) technique. The statistical methods such as the principal component analysis (PCA) and the partial least square regression analysis (PLSR) have been employed on LIBS spectral data for classifying and developing the calibration models of drug samples. We have developed the ratio-based calibration model applying PLSR in which relative spectral intensity ratios H/C, H/N and O/N are used. Further, the developed model has been employed to predict the relative concentration of element in unknown drug samples. The experiment has been performed in air and argon atmosphere, respectively, and the obtained results have been compared. The present model provides rapid spectroscopic method for drug analysis with high statistical significance for online control and measurement process in a wide variety of pharmaceutical industrial applications.

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