This Raman microspectroscopy course is designed to provide practical instruction in "real world" use of the Raman microscope. The Raman class utilizes demonstrations and laboratory exercises supplemented with lectures. The role of Raman microspectroscopy in the overall scheme of industrial problem solving is addressed. Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own samples for analysis. Class size is limited to ten students to allow for maximum student participation. Two experienced instructors, along with two spectroscopists from leading Raman instrument companies, teach the class, and tailor the laboratory exercises and discussions to the skill level and interests of the students.
This Raman course assumes basic knowledge of Raman spectroscopy. During the Raman training there is a brief discussion of Raman theory and an emphasis on recognizing artifacts and how to manage problems encountered in Raman spectroscopy. The Raman workshop incorporates stereomicroscopy to characterize the sample and define the problem prior to analysis. The stereomicroscope is used to aid in isolation or other sample preparation if needed and several exercises are included to develop facility in use of the stereomicroscope. Students also use the features of the polarizing light microscope to enhance the collection of spectra and interpretation of results. 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.
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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.