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October 25, 2018 to October 26, 2018

Credits: 1.5 | Pricing: $1895 | Instructor: Gretchen L. Shearer, Ph.D.
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March 21, 2019 to March 22, 2019

Credits: 1.5 | Pricing: $1895 | Instructor: Gretchen L. Shearer, Ph.D.
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October 24, 2019 to October 25, 2019

Credits: 1.5 | Pricing: $1895 | Instructor: Gretchen L. Shearer, Ph.D.
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Course Details

Course Outline
  • Infrared theory and the origin of vibration spectroscopy
  • Infrared instrumentation
    • Transmission
    • Microscope
    • Reflectance
    • ATR
  • Evaluation of spectral quality and factors that affect spectra
  • What constitutes a good (or bad) spectrum
  • Functional group identification
    • Hydroxyl/amine groups
    • Hydrocarbons
    • Double and triple bonds
    • Carbonyl
    • Inorganics
  • Practical examples
    • Polymers
    • Pharmaceuticals/drugs of abuse
    • Paints and coatings
    • Commonly encountered manufacturing materials and contaminants
  • Mixtures
  • Effective spectral searching
  • Case Studies (Industrial applications)
What You Will Learn
  • Learn the origins of infrared absorption bands and how they correspond to specific chemical bonds (functional groups)
  • Determine what constitutes and good quality spectrum and understand the factors that influence spectral quality.
  • Identify peaks due to specific functional groups
  • Identify and elucidate mixtures
  • Practice spectral interpretation of examples from a wide range of industries.
Who Should Enroll?

This is a practical, hands-on course for anyone who measures or uses infrared spectra in their jobs, including technicians, research scientists, and lab managers.

Student Learning Resources

Detailed course manual and handouts.

Suggested Prerequisites

A nodding familiarity with organic chemistry is helpful but not required.

Satisfactory Completion Requirements

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.

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