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Use our molecular spectroscopy service

Find out more about the spectroscopic instruments available in the Imaging Facility.

Analyssing samples such as hydrocarbons, oils and pharmaceuticals

Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) allows vibrational and rotational modes of chemical bonds to be analysed. It can be used to identify solids, liquids, and gases. This is particularly useful for identifying organic compounds.

A researcher using the spectroscopy equipment

Our equipment

Perkin Elmer Frontier spectrometer

The Perkin Elmer Frontier spectrometer is a benchtop instrument that can be used to analyse samples and discover surface functional groups.

We have a Perkin Elmer Frontier spectrometer in that is equipped with:

  • diamond ATR head
  • DRIFT attachment for powders
  • gas cell
  • transmission cell
  • MCT detector

Thermo scientific Nicolet iS50 FT-IR spectrometer

The Thermo scientific Nicolet iS50 FT-IR spectrometer has an attached RaptIR FTIR microscope, enabling special resolution down to a few microns.

Investigate chemical properties of materials

By using Raman spectroscopy, the chemical composition and molecular structure of a sample may be determined, or stress measurements and phase imaging performed.

Raman spectroscopy is carried out on an inVia confocal Raman microscope with a full spectrum of laser sources:

  • Red, 785 nanometers (nm), 140 milliwatts (mW)
  • Green, 532nm, 69mW
  • UV 325nm , 6.5mW

This is a high throughput, non-destructive technique, and although lower in imaging resolution than an electron microscope, offers a more dynamic method for investigating chemical properties of materials. This can range from biological cells to semiconductor devices.

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Get in touch if you would like to find out more about our spectroscopic instruments.