This Infrared Microscopy course is designed to provide practical instruction in real world use of the Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microscope. The class 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 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 includes pre- and post-course modules as part of our blended learning program.
This is a practical, hands-on course for new or experienced users who want to improve the quality of their spectral data, and expand the types of samples that they can successfully analyze.
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.