Raman Webinar Presentations

A versatile vibrational technique, Raman spectroscopy excels at identifying both organic and inorganic compounds in solids and liquids. Raman is non-destructive and requires little or no sample preparation.

We present an ongoing series of complimentary half-hour to one-hour webinars that reveal how the Thermo Scientific™ Raman instrumentation can improve your work.

Scroll down to see upcoming webinars or watch one of our many recorded-live webinars on your own time!


Raman imaging

45 minutes
Presenter: Jennifer Ramriez, Ph.D., Thermo Fisher Scientific

Raman spectroscopy is essential to competitive academic research in many applied scientific disciplines, including materials science, life science research, and chemical and biological engineering. Advances in Raman microscopy and imaging have made the technique accessible to a wide variety of researchers, regardless of expertise or field of study.

During this webinar we will discuss:

  • How a leading research university has transformed its approach to research, improving their time to results and increasing the number and quality of publications
  • Examples of current research using advanced Raman microscopy
  • Learn how Raman microscopy and imaging can help you answer your research questions.

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45 minutes
Presenter: Mark Wall Ph.D., Raman Applications Specialist, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Graphene and based composites continue to be desirable materials due to mechanical, electrical and chemical properties. Potentially revolutionizing whole industries, from lighter-stronger advanced composites, flexible electronics, faster-smaller micro electronic devices, to more robust and efficient solar cell technologies, challenges associated with scaling up processes remain to be solved.

This webinar introduces how Raman imaging aids overcoming challenges associated with development of graphene and carbon nanotube based technologies. We will cover:

  • Utilize an image-centric approach to chemical imaging through an intuitive interface
  • Simplify collection parameter set up and obtain instantaneous visual based results with real-time interpretation
  • Specific examples presented will demonstrates how Raman imaging provides critical insight into graphene and based composite materials

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45 minutes
Presenter: Dr. Robert Heintz, Raman Applications Specialist, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Pharmaceutical formations are typically complex mixtures that need to be carefully verified and understood. Raman spectroscopy is a proven method for identifying and verifying the presence of a variety of different components and providing detailed information on molecular structure and chemical environments.  Raman imaging adds a spatial dimension to the analysis and extends the power of Raman spectroscopy across the sample.

Some of the applications of Raman imaging relevant to pharmaceutical evaluations include:

  • Revealing  spatial distribution of components -  homogeneity and content uniformity
  • Assessing particle size including relative percentages of components
  • Differentiating and displaying  chemically similar components such as polymorphs
  • Quickly surveying larger areas and conducting detailed studies of smaller areas

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45 minutes
Presenter: Matt Meyer, Ph.D, Research Scientist, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Raman imaging for life science research offers unique analytical capabilities for cell biology, enabling label-free characterization of biological systems with sub-micron spatial resolution. The ability to visualize living samples spatially and temporally to non-invasively understand molecular composition and dynamics has made Raman imaging a promising tool for cellular analysis. The DXRxi Raman imaging microscope allows the user to study living specimens through chemical imaging of components in their native environment. We will illustrate how this is an effective technique for live human cells, bacteria cells and model organisms.

Among the topics to be discussed in this webinar:

  • Collection of Raman images from live cells showing the distribution of biological components including nucleic acids, cytochrome c, lipids and proteins.
  • Examples of how Raman imaging can be used for chemical analysis of live cells, bacteria cells and model organisms.

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35 minutes
Presenter: Molly Isermann, Market Development Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific

In our energy savvy society, we are seeing an increasing demand for renewable energy and new trends in energy storage. Although lithium-ion batteries offer the highest energy density among present commercial rechargeable batteries, the technology is still in need of vast improvements. Researchers seek solutions to understanding a diverse family of materials and chemical effects in lithium-ion batteries. Breaking through the ceiling of technology restraints is critical, and part of understanding the lithium-ion battery in full includes the chemistry inside of the cell.

This webinar illustrates how the lithium-ion battery works, and in effect, what types of problems are investigated within the laboratory. It will be the first part in a series of solution-focused webinars showing how we can help resolve the lithium-ion batteries' complicated mysteries.

What you will learn:

  • The lithium-ion battery defined
  • Major research pieces in question
  • Influential battery components
  • Lithium-ion battery problems

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45 minutes
Recording available for viewing through Materials Today

Raman imaging is an essential tool for materials researchers, providing rich chemical and structural detail for a broad range of cutting-edge applications. Rapid and unambiguous results are vital for applying this powerful technique to the most difficult research challenges. We’re rethinking Raman imaging to focus on accelerating research progress. With an image-centric approach to data interpretation, the new Thermo Scientific™ DXR™xi Raman imaging microscope is designed to yield expert results for all users from basic to advanced. A visually driven workflow keeps you ahead of the curve, allowing you to publish your high-impact work as rapidly as possible.  Experience firsthand how the right Raman imaging system can uncover microscopic detail over large areas in record time.

Watch this webinar to:

  • Get an in-depth look at Raman imaging for geological materials and in characterizing monolayer graphene growth processes
  • Learn about recent advances in Raman imaging as an essential materials characterization tool
  • Participate in a live question and answer session to address your research needs
  • Receive essential technical information on getting the most out of Raman imaging in your lab

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30 minutes
Presenter: Johannes Hinckeldeyn, PhD,  Chief Operating Officer, EL-CELL 

The rising demand of energy and the technological transformation of our energy systems require new and better battery materials. The success of the electric vehicle and the introduction of alternative energy sources are highly dependent on new batteries with higher energy density and longer life-time. Lithium-ion batteries are the actual state of technology, with a lot of potential for improvement and research beyond the lithium-ion technology, such as magnesium and sodium. The key for development is in new materials and the improvement of existing materials for better anodes, cathodes, separators and electrolytes. However, before using these new materials in commercial batteries, it is necessary to characterize and test them in a laboratory environment. 

This webinar introduces the basics of characterizing battery materials and the special equipment required to run these tests. We will specifically cover:

Basics of testing battery materials:

  • 2 vs. 3 electrode measurements
  • Optical in situ measurements

Exemplary case studies:

  • PAT-Series test cells
  • An in situ test cell for Raman spectroscopy

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Carbon

The relatively recent discovery of new allotropes of carbon, namely, carbon nanotubes and graphene, has opened up exciting new opportunities in the area of engineered materials. The properties that these materials can possess will be highly dependent upon the how these materials have been produced and/or modified.

45 minutes
Presenter: Mark Wall Ph.D., Raman Applications Specialist, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Graphene and based composites continue to be desirable materials due to mechanical, electrical and chemical properties. Potentially revolutionizing whole industries, from lighter- stronger advanced composites, flexible electronics, faster-smaller micro electronic devices, to more robust and efficient solar cell technologies, challenges associated with scaling up processes remain to be solved.

This webinar introduces how Raman imaging aids overcoming challenges associated with development of graphene and carbon nanotube based technologies. We will cover:

  • Utilize an image-centric approach to chemical imaging through an intuitive interface
  • Simplify collection parameter set up and obtain instantaneous visual based results with real-time interpretation
  • Specific examples presented will demonstrates how Raman imaging provides critical insight into graphene and based composite materials

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This presentation will focus upon what information is present in the Raman spectrum of carbon nanotubes and graphene and how Raman spectroscopy is a critical tool for everyone involved in the development and use of these materials.

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This presentation will focus on characterizing graphene, carbon nanotubes, and diamond-like carbon films using Raman spectroscopy.

Learn how to:

  • Generate vital qualitative and quantitative data
  • Interpret Raman spectra for layer thickness, domain size and more
  • Assess efficiency of carbon nanotube separation/purification methods

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Raman spectroscopy can characterize nanomaterials at different stages in their development, including guiding new synthetic routes for higher quality materials to assessing the effectiveness of desired chemical modifications and evaluating finished devices. This webinar will present a survey of applications where Raman gives important insight into these quickly evolving materials.

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Hosted by Materials Today. Recording available for viewing through Materials Today

Raman spectroscopy is a powerful, effective tool for carbon nanotube characterization. This fast, non-destructive technique provides highly detailed information at the molecular level. This presentation will provide a thorough understanding of:

  • What is represented in a Raman spectrum
  • How to obtain representative Raman spectra from bulk samples of carbon materials
  • Key parameters (physical nature of carbon materials, instrument considerations, experimental conditions and sampling methods) to considered for a Raman measurement
  • How to optimize the aforementioned parameters to ensure that you are capturing everything necessary for supporting routine analytical measurements of carbon nanotubes and related materials

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Raman spectroscopy provides important information such as layer thickness, uniformity, quality and functionalization, key parameters that ultimately determines the properties these materials will possess. This webinar will present an overview of recent work where Raman spectroscopy is playing vital role in realizing the development and full potential of these materials, spanning the range of applications from advanced composites, energy storage, transparent electrodes, and sensor technologies.

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In our mobile society, we heavily rely on portable energy sources leading to driving improvements in battery technology. Although lithium-ion batteries offer the highest energy density among present commercial rechargeable batteries, the technology is still evolving and improving. Raman spectroscopy is a very versatile analytical tool that can be used to analyze the diverse materials that are used in lithium-ion batteries.

This presentation will illustrate how the structural and chemical information obtained from Raman spectroscopy can be applied to the analysis of components of lithium-ion batteries including cathodes, anodes and electrolytes.

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Good materials characterization is required across all steps in the creation of new graphene devices—from guiding the initial graphene synthesis, transfer to the desired substrate, and understanding chemical modification and analysis of the finished device. Our webinar presentation shows how a multi-technique approach using both Raman spectroscopy and XPS can address the challenges posed at these steps.

Using both techniques together allows analysts to completely characterize carbon nanomaterials. Our webinar demonstrates the utility of these techniques, illustrated by examples from graphene samples created by mechanical exfoliation, chemical reduction and CVD methods.

Areas of Interest:

  • Graphene Devices
  • Transparent conductive electrode for microelectronics
  • Thin film transistors
  • Touch Screen Devices
  • Graphene-based catalytic systems
  • Molecular Sensors

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Forensics

Trace evidence examiners are required to obtain as much information as possible from microscopic amounts of material whilst respecting the need to maintain the integrity of the samples for any future forensic requirements. This webinar will demonstrate how spectroscopy plays a role in assisting the courts to answer some very difficult questions, with specific examples including additional levels of discrimination of fibers, glass; DNA –friendly methods of condom lubricant analysis and the potential for further discrimination of gun-shot residue.

Guest co-presenter: Tiernan Coyle from Contact Traces - Specialists in Forensic Science

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This webinar demonstrates how new tools like enhanced low-pressure diamond cells and micro-ATR produce excellent results on samples important in Forensic investigations.

Topics will include:

  • Sampling approaches to improve performance and data reliability for FTIR microscopy in forensic laboratories
  • Learning special tools for simplifying micro-FTIR including: diamond cells, micro-ATR, preparation tips, and creating data bases
  • Combining FT-IR with an optical microscope to extend analysis power to many small and complex forensic samples such as fibers, paint chips, inks, and other physical evidence
  • How IR microscopy can produce excellent results on fibers, paints, inks, and energetic materials samples.
  • Using Raman microscopy for some samples to get around certain spatial resolution and sample preparation problems, while supplying equally diagnostic results
  • Software tools applicable to both techniques for identifying unknowns and mixtures will also be discussed

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Raman spectroscopy can be used for the analysis of prescription, counterfeit, and designer drug tablets in just minutes with little to no sample preparation. As part of the presentation we will make our debut presentation of the new Law Enforcement and Security (LEnS) spectral library which contains over 8300 unique spectra. Also featured will be the use of our multicomponent spectral search software, OMNIC Specta, for simplifying the analysis of complex tablet data.

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Introduction to Raman

45 minutes
Presenter: Jennifer Ramriez, Ph.D., Thermo Fisher Scientific

Raman spectroscopy is essential to competitive academic research in many applied scientific disciplines, including materials science, life science research, and chemical and biological engineering. Advances in Raman microscopy and imaging have made the technique accessible to a wide variety of researchers, regardless of expertise or field of study.

During this webinar we will discuss:
• How a leading research university has transformed its approach to research, improving their time to results and increasing the number and quality of publications
• Examples of current research using advanced Raman microscopy

Learn how Raman microscopy and imaging can help you answer your research questions.

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Life sciences

Guest presenter: Dr. Chenxu Yu of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University
25 minutes

This webinar discusses the potential of using Raman spectroscopy as a supplemental detection tool of glaucomatous changes in retinal tissues in vitro. Raman spectroscopic imaging was conducted on normal retinal tissues and retinal tissues with a variety of symptoms related to glaucoma. This webinar will address the use of Raman spectroscopy in clinical research, screening for the detection and characterization of early stage glaucoma disease.

This webinar discusses:

  1. Collection of Raman spectral from normal retinal tissue, as well as tissue from retinas exhibiting glaucoma, elevated intraocular pressure, and compressive optic neuropathy
  2. Spectroscopic discrimination between each class of tissues, and the potential to harness these differences for detection and even prevention of disease

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Guest presenter: Doctoral candidate, Rishabh Jain of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
25 minutes

Biological tissues pose an analytical challenge because they are compositionally complex and the information they provide can be difficult to objectively uncover. Raman spectroscopy offers an objective technique for characterization, however information from Raman spectra can be hard to reliably extract. We will explore how Raman microscopy can be utilized as a simple, non-invasive method to biochemically characterize healing wounds, particularly when coupled with multivariate spectral analysis to accurately identify different phases of the healing of wounds with time in clinical research.

Considering wounds as a model biological surface, the webinar will address:

  1. Challenges associated with collection of Raman spectra from a biological tissue or surface
  2. The potential of Raman spectroscopy for real-time, in situ biochemical characterization of biological tissues for clinical research 

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45 minutes
Presenter: Matt Meyer, Ph.D, Research Scientist, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Raman imaging for life science research offers unique analytical capabilities for cell biology, enabling label-free characterization of biological systems with sub-micron spatial resolution. The ability to visualize living samples spatially and temporally to non-invasively understand molecular composition and dynamics has made Raman imaging a promising tool for cellular analysis. The DXRxi Raman imaging microscope allows the user to study living specimens through chemical imaging of components in their native environment. We will illustrate how this is an effective technique for live human cells, bacteria cells and model organisms.

Among the topics to be discussed in this webinar:

  • Collection of Raman images from live cells showing the distribution of biological components including nucleic acids, cytochrome c, lipids and proteins.
  • Examples of how Raman imaging can be used for chemical analysis of live cells, bacteria cells and model organisms.

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Minerals, Geology and Gems

Infrared and Raman spectroscopy are convenient and information-rich analytical techniques for characterizing a wide variety of samples important in earth science. Combined with microscopy, vibrational spectra can identify specific minerals, characterize contents of fluid inclusions, and produce chemical images of complex mixtures. This presentation discusses how Infrared and Raman complement other micro-techniques such as optical microscopy and SEM-EDS. We will show how Raman microscopy, in particular, can deliver key data not possible by any other technique.

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Raman spectroscopy can provide information that is complementary to other techniques or it might be the only feasible method of analysis in a conventional laboratory. Learn how Raman spectroscopy can be used routinely to non-destructively study geological samples. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Rapid identification of unknown minerals with no need for special sample preparation
  • Textural and mineralogical information about carbonate rocks
  • Analysis of unexposed mineral and fluid inclusions

Guest presenter: Dr. Antony Burnham, Bristol University

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Pharmaceutical

45 minutes
Presenter: Dr. Robert Heintz, Raman Applications Specialist, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Pharmaceutical formations are typically complex mixtures that need to be carefully verified and understood. Raman spectroscopy is a proven method for identifying and verifying the presence of a variety of different components and providing detailed information on molecular structure and chemical environments.  Raman imaging adds a spatial dimension to the analysis and extends the power of Raman spectroscopy across the sample.
Some of the applications of Raman imaging relevant to pharmaceutical evaluations include:

  • Revealing  spatial distribution of components -  homogeneity and content uniformity
  • Assessing particle size including relative percentages of components
  • Differentiating and displaying  chemically similar components such as polymorphs
  • Quickly surveying larger areas and conducting detailed studies of smaller areas

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Polymers

30 minutes
Guest Presenters: Dr. Cristina Nerin, Dr. Jesus Salafranca, Magdalena Wronga, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain

Raman microscopy is a valuable tool for packaging analysis, with special emphasis on food-contact materials. In minutes, you can characterize multilayer material properties such as structure and thickness and can even identify layers with minimal sample handling. In this webinar, we discuss novel promising applications of Raman microscopy, such as:

  • Identification of migrants from adhesives through adjacent polymer or cardboard layers
  • Detection of contaminants at ppm level in aqueous and oil food simulants after migration tests
  • Simultaneous identification of several components of plastic materials such as base polymer, fillers, and stabilizers by means of software deconvolution tools.

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30 minutes
Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Ramirez, Raman Applications Specialist, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Raman microscopy is a powerful technique that can be utilized for the analysis of multilayer polymer films, thus enabling the control of composition and quality.  Conventional Raman microscopy, which has spatial resolution as small as a micron, can be employed to analyze cross sections of multilayer polymer films.  Confocal Raman microscopy can be used in situations where a reduction in sample preparation is desired, as it can generate depth profiles of the multilayer films, with no requirement for cross sectioning.

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Spectroscopy, Elemental & Isotope Analysis Resource Library

Access a targeted collection of application notes, case studies, videos, webinars and white papers covering a range of applications for Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, near infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectrophotometry, X-ray fluorescence, and more.

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