This FTIR spectroscopy training course is designed to provide practical instruction in real world use of the Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microscope. This course utilizes demonstrations and laboratory exercises supplemented with lectures. Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own samples for analysis. Class size is limited to twelve students to allow for maximum student participation. Four experienced instructors lead this class, and tailor the laboratory exercises and discussions to the skill level and interests of the students.
This IR course assumes basic knowledge of infrared spectroscopy and operation of an FTIR microscope. There is a brief discussion of infrared theory, and a heavy emphasis on using FTIR microscopy in problem-solving applications. The emphasis is on student sample preparation exercises and the use of different spectral acquisition methods to obtain optimum results.
This course is part of our Industrial Microscopy Specialization.
See below for course outline and additional information.
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, including technicians, research scientists, and lab managers.
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.
This course is part of the Industrial Microscopy Specialization program.
The program consists of attending four standard Hooke College of Applied Sciences (HCAS) courses with hands-on instruction and a 40 hour practicum study characterizing unknown samples.
After finishing the four courses, students complete a Capstone Project, which is a project that requires students to characterize and identify samples by integrating all of the skills learned during the four courses taken for the program. Those students who successfully complete the four courses and associated practicums, and a Capstone Project, earn an Industrial Microscopy Specialization.