Author Archives: Brian Curtiss


Dr. Brian Curtiss is one of the founders of ASD and currently serves as Malvern Panalytical’s NIR Chief Technical Officer. He has over 30 years of experience in the fields of geology, spectroscopy and optical remote sensing. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis and his Masters and Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the University of Washington. In his current position, Dr. Curtiss applies his experience to the development of solutions to a diverse range of analytical problems in the areas of remote sensing and natural resources.

Published 26 Mar 2020

Malvern Panalytical’s ASD FieldSpec spectroradiometer used to monitor drought stress of mandarin orange trees

In a paper published in the July 2014 issue of Agricultural Water Management), Panigrahi et al. found that it was possible to utilize deficit irrigation of mandarin orange groves while achieving near maximum fruit yield. A level of irrigation that…READ MORE >

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Published 16 Jul 2019

The Difference Between Spectrometers and Spectrophotometers

While all spectrophotometers incorporate a spectrometer, many other analytical instruments also incorporate spectrometers. Confused? Read on to learn the differences and to better understand the range of applications that can be addressed using analytical solutions that incorporate spectrometers.    …READ MORE >

Published 16 May 2018

Building a better potato…

I am one of the founders of ASD, a brand of Malvern Panalytical, and I currently serve as Chief Technical Officer.  With their shallow root systems, potatoes are highly susceptible to both drought and heat. Drought reduces both the amount…READ MORE >

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