Thermo Scientific FTIR spectrometer and microscope resources

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Visit our FTIR Spectroscopy Academy to learn the fundamentals of FTIR spectroscopy and how you can apply this technology to your research, analyses, and quality assurance and quality control activities. Also, browse the resources at the bottom of this page to see how you can put Thermo Scientific FTIR spectrometers and microscopes to work for your specific application.

Thermo Scientific FTIR Academy

Build your confidence in using molecular spectroscopy techniques for everyday use. Whether you’re a novice, a teacher, or an expert, you can always learn something new about techniques such as FTIR, Raman, NIR, Microanalysis and more. Find helpful tutorials, fundamental diagrams, instrument guides, application notes and more resources to feed your curiosity. Achieve qualitative and quantitative analysis of a wide range of organic and inorganic samples using FTIR.

Thermo Scientific FTIR spectroscopy resources

Materials analysis solutions brochure

Whether you’re discovering new materials, solving analytical problems, or assuring product quality, your materials analysis instruments need to deliver the definitive answers you’re looking for—fast! Download our Materials Analysis Solutions brochure to discover solutions for every type of application.

Microspectroscopy selection guide

Find the best Thermo Scientific Nicolet FTIR Spectrometer, Thermo Scientific Nicolet IR Microscope or Thermo Scientific DXR3 Raman microspectroscopy system that meets your daily needs and adapts to your growing demands.

FTIR pharmaceutical analysis brochure

Safely accelerating drug development for brighter outcomes: In this brochure, learn more about our complete range of spectroscopy and materials characterization tools.

Polymer troubleshooting guide

Ensure raw materials, masterbatches, and finished products meet your quality standards, and if not, investigate why using Thermo Scientific spectroscopy solutions.

FTIR microscopy and FTIR spectroscopy additional resources

Learn more about FTIR microscopy and FTIR spectroscopy, and the different applications these technologies offer for analysis. You’ll find numerous different application notes from food and beverage to pharmaceuticals, as well as white papers, eBooks, and webinars. 

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FTIR gas analysis

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Analysis of Gas Emissions from Lithium-ion Battery Failures

FTIR gas analysis helps to analyze LiB breakdown failures due to mechanical failure, overheating, or overvoltage.  Electrolyte break-down products such as HF may be analyzed directly as they evolve, without sample collection/pre-treatment.  Learn how the Thermo Fisher Scientific gas analysis solution meets European regulatory standards for smoke toxicity/safety standards.

Real-Time, Continuous Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP) Detection by GC-MS alternative

US EPA methods for measuring hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) in ambient air include TO-14a and TO-15. Traditionally for these methods, samples have been collected in specially prepared “Summa type” canisters and transported to a laboratory for analysis by gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS). GC-MS allows for speciation and quantification of many HAPs and non-HAPs within the sample at ppm to ppb levels, but in many cases, the customer must wait weeks for a result. Novel technologies have been recently developed that allow for 10s - 100s of compounds to be monitored simultaneously in real-time by FTIR gas analysis. Similar detection limits as those required in TO-14a/TO-15 can be achieved within 1 minute with minimal concern for sample integrity. This presentation will discuss both the hardware and software advances that now allow for ambient air monitoring of HAPs in real-time by FTIR.

Advantages of Monitoring Industrial Gases using Online FTIR Spectroscopy

FTIR spectroscopy offers several advantages for monitoring gases produced in industrial production, including combustion emissions. The advantages include the ability to measure multiple gases simultaneously, rapidly, and continuously. This webinar explains practical considerations for use of FTIR for online monitoring as well as common errors and pitfalls that must be avoided for accurate results.

Topics include:

  • Overview of FTIR for gas analysis
  • Comparison of FTIR with other techniques
  • Sample handling considerations
  • Automated continuous operation

Rapid Combustion Analysis using FTIR Spectroscopy

FTIR spectroscopy is a robust analytical method that can monitor multiple compounds in exhaust gases online with low detection limits and rapid response. This webinar reviews the challenges industrial chemists and engineers experience in assessing gaseous products of combustion found in: 

  • Engines and catalytic converter design: Ability to measure 5 samples/second when reducing NOx emissions in the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) cycle using ammonia or urea (NH3)
  • Powerplants and cement factories: Need to analyze HCl and SO2 emissions to meet stringent regulatory standards.
  • Materials fire-safety testing: Need to rapidly identify toxic breakdown products (such as HCl, HF, HBr, or CH2O) for safety considerations.

Fundamentals of Industrial Gas Analysis using FTIR Spectroscopy

Online FTIR instrumentation provides a flexible, practical analytical technique as manufacturing facilities implement advanced diagnostics and environmental monitoring of their industrial gas streams. From continuous emission monitoring (CEM) to semiconductor gas purity monitoring at parts-per-billion contaminant levels, FTIR offers researchers an invaluable window into the chemical composition of their gas streams. This webinar introduces listeners to the fundamental strengths, weaknesses, pros and cons of industrial FTIR analysis, with example applications and comparisons to competing techniques.

FTIR for Gas-phase Synfuels and Biogas Applications

FTIR spectroscopy may be useful for engineers and scientists involved in renewable energy research, such as anaerobic digestion of landfill or agricultural products to evolve methane for generation of electricity. FTIR can be used to monitor major components (CH4, CO, CO2), contaminants (siloxanes, acids such as HCl), and combustion products (NO, NO2, N2O). This webinar provides an introduction to FTIR for biogas analysis, including sampling considerations and factors in quantitative analysis

Fire Science Gas Analysis by FTIR

Scientists in the field of fire safety or fire protection engineering analyze the combustion gases evolved when a material burns under different conditions. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy provides fire safety engineers a useful analytic tool for online analysis of as many as 25 gas species of interest, including highly toxic acids such as HF, HCl, or HCN. Depending on the system configuration, detection limits of low parts per million (ppm) may be sampled to monitor evolved gases continuously.

Analysis of Smoke Toxicity using FTIR Spectroscopy

This webinar explores how New European railway/transportation regulations (EN 45545-2) impact safety standards and gas testing, and how online FTIR can be used as an alternative to other common techniques for multi-component analysis.

Solutions for Ethylene Oxide Source Emissions Monitoring

The measurement of ethylene oxide (EO) from stationary sources is performed around the world, and interest peaks anytime there are proposed changes or additions to emission and exposure standards. Low level ethylene oxide (EO) monitoring presents many challenges such as analysis in the low ppb range, speed of analysis, reliability, and dependable QA/QC.

Watch this webinar to learn more about monitoring challenges with EO and how they can be easily managed with ultra-sensitive FTIR-based CEM systems.

FTIR pharmaceutical analysis

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Ensuring Integrity of Drug Formulation from Development to QC

Substantial testing is required to assure that chemical and structural integrity are preserved throughout the drug development process to maintain its functionality. Among the techniques used to study changes in chemical integrity are infrared and Raman spectroscopy. This webcast will discuss where efficiencies can be made in data collection, regulatory compliance, instrument qualification, method validation, and data integrity all along the development pipeline up to final quality control (QC) testing. Learn how to quickly identify changes in polymorphic structure, monitor API to excipient distribution, and troubleshoot out-of-specification (OOS) product lots, while preserving data integrity needed for audits.


Key Learning Objectives

  • Where along the drug development path can FTIR, NIR and Raman techniques be used and what knowledge is gained
  • How to minimize the number of laborious steps in analytical method validation, verification, and transfer to QC and manufacturing
  • What to look for in a hardware-software platform to not only assure drug formulation integrity but also data integrity.

FTIR polymer analysis

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Microparticulates analysis for understanding component wear

Moving components generate particulates via physical or chemical breakdown, such as abrasive wear. These particles, typically 20-100 microns in size, can originate from sources like seals, rotors, or heat-induced degradation adjacent fluids (lubricant, fuel, etc.). Characterization of the particulates is a critical step in both the determination of their origin and in remediation. In this webinar, we present the use of a simple FTIR microscope for the identification of particles from automotive sources to show the utility of this method for rapid analysis.

Chemical detectives webinar series: Solve the mysteries behind your polymers

View the following spectroscopy webinars to learn how infrared and Raman spectroscopy can help you reveal the mysteries of your polymers, from research to failure analysis, quality control and beyond!  Discover how to solve your organization's most pressing questions to stay ahead of your competition and streamline your investigations. 

General FTIR and quality control (QC)

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Driving confidence in your process: Tools for FTIR QA/QC

Whether your data will be used in process control, in court, or in assuring upstream and downstream quality, you need hardware and software tools designed to give your stakeholders – and you – confidence. The Thermo Scientific line of FTIR spectrometers provides everything you need, from ASTM compliance to digital signatures. This webinar will examine some of these tools and show practical processes for data-critical labs.

FTIR educational and teaching

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FTIR food analysis

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Benefits of fiber optics probes for Mid-IR Analysis
Learn how you can effectively use fiber optic probes in your FTIR spectrometer for the remote analysis of liquids and solids in the Mid-IR region of light. Attendees will gain a general understanding of the capabilities and use cases for Mid-IR fiber optic probes. 

From powders to paint chips - modern microspectroscopy draws big information from tiny samples

Microspectroscopy can analyze particulates, fibers, inks, contaminated surfaces, and more, making it a workhorse tool across a wide range of industries: environmental, automotive, pharmaceuticals, forensics, etc. 


Watch this webinar to see how to improve the speed and accuracy of results across a broader range of user skill levels with modern microspectroscopy systems. Hear what diffraction-limited IR optics, enhanced visual performance, and powerful 64-bit software with a new user interface can do in sample prep, microplastics, fiber analysis, coatings, micro-mapping and ATR analysis.