Raman Spectroscopy Course

Course Details


This course is designed to provide practical instruction in the use of the Raman microscope through demonstrations and laboratory exercises supplemented with lectures. The role of Raman spectroscopy in the overall scheme of industrial problem solving is addressed. Mapping and imaging are demonstrated and students have the opportunity to collect spectra on a variety of samples covering a range of applications. These include, but are not be limited to, pigment identification, polymer analysis, carbon phase identification, polymorphs and particle identification.

Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own samples for analysis.

Class size is limited to six students to allow for maximum student participation.

  • Introduction and overview of Raman course
  • Discussion of student background and interests
  • Brief review of basic Raman theory
  • Fluorescence and sample heating
  • Selection rules and comparison to infrared spectroscopy
  • Raman instrumentation (dispersive and FT)
  • Stereo and polarizing light microscopes
  • Lab exercises (interspersed throughout class)
  • Applications, including carbon-based materials, polymers, pharmaceuticals, minerals and pigments
  • Spectral interpretation
  • Library searches
  • Imaging and mapping (demonstrations)
  • Hyphenated methods
  • Mixtures and quantitation
  • Final review

How to use and optimize Raman microspectroscopy for a variety of applications.

This is a practical, hands-on course for new or experienced users who want to improve their ability to apply Raman spectroscopy to their samples and expand the scope of their applications.

All instrumentation, materials, and supplies necessary for successful completion of this course will be provided onsite by Hooke College of Applied Sciences.

  • Detailed course manual
  • Renishaw inVia Raman microprobe
  • Each student will be assigned to an individual workstation with Olympus SZX10 stereomicroscope and BX51 polarizing light microscope

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:

  • 100% attendance
  • Class participation
  • Completion of all course material
  • Completed and signed student evaluation form

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.

Please see our General Policies page for information related to course registration and cancellation.

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