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Upcoming Dates

October 25, 2018 to October 26, 2018

Credits: 1.5 | Pricing: $1895 | Instructor: Gretchen L. Shearer, Ph.D.
8AM - 5PM
8AM - 5PM

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Course Details

Course Outline
  1. Infrared theory and the origin of vibration spectroscopy
  2. Infrared instrumentation
    1. Transmission
    2. Microscope
    3. Reflectance
    4. ATR
  3. Evaluation of spectral quality and factors that affect spectra
  4. What constitutes a good (or bad) spectrum
  5. Functional group identification
    1. Hydroxyl/amine groups
    2. Hydrocarbons
    3. Double and triple bonds
    4. Carbonyl
    5. Inorganics
  6. Practical examples
    1. Polymers
    2. Pharmaceuticals/drugs of abuse
    3. Paints and coatings
    4. Commonly encountered manufacturing materials and contaminants
  7. Mixtures
  8. Effective spectral searching
  9. Case Studies (Industrial applications)
What You Will Learn
  1. Learn the origins of infrared absorption bands and how they correspond to specific chemical bonds (functional groups)
  2. Determine what constitutes and good quality spectrum and understand the factors that influence spectral quality.
  3. Identify peaks due to specific functional groups
  4. Identify and elucidate mixtures
  5. 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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