The Infrared Microscopy training portion of this course provides practical instruction in real world use of the Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microscope. The FTIR training utilizes demonstrations and laboratory exercises supplemented with lectures. Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own samples for analysis. Four experienced instructors lead this class, and tailor the laboratory exercises and discussions to the skill level and interests of the students. The emphasis is on student sample preparation exercises and the use of different spectral acquisition methods to obtain optimum results.
The Spectral Analysis portion of this course enables students to effectively interpret infrared spectra. The course includes a brief description of infrared theory and instrumentation as well as evaluation of spectral quality and factors that affect spectra. Spectral interpretation focuses on the identification of functional groups (amines, alcohols, hydrocarbons, esters, carboxylic acids, ketones and aldehydes and inorganic materials.)
This is a practical, hands-on course for new or experienced users who want to improve the quality of their data, and expand the types of samples that they can successfully analyze.
Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CST or CST) who respond in the event of a suspected weapon of mass destruction attack: this course provides sustainment training, but does not meet the ITRM requirement for Advanced Microscopy.
Students are expected to successfully complete a variety of tasks in the form of hands-on exercises, laboratory exercises, identifications of unknowns, and quizzes. Students are notified at the end of the course whether or not they have successfully completed the requirements of the course based on:
Upon successfully meeting these requirements, a student is awarded a certificate of completion and CEU credits, if available. Those who have not successfully passed the course requirements do not receive a certificate or CEU credits.